Canal hire firms on the canals of North West England & North Wales
The Inland Waterways and canals of North West England and
North Wales were at the
heart of the Industrial Revolution. Early canals such as the Bridgewater Canal and Trent and Mersey
Canal made fortunes for owners and merchants, carrying raw materials to the developing manufacturing centres such as Manchester and Stoke on Trent and finished goods to markets in the rapidly growing cities and, via ports such as Liverpool, to developing markets around the world.
Now most of the industries are silent, and hiring a narrowboat to cruise North West canals opens up access to some of the most attractive scenery in Britain. The Trent and Mersey Canal rises from the Cheshire plain to dive into the damp depths of Harecastle Tunnel before descending into Staffordshire. The Macclesfield Canal and the Caldon Canal climb onto the Pennine moors, and the Llangollen Canal and the Shropshire Union Canal cross the sparsely populated Welsh borderlands. Towns and cities such as Chester and Macclesfield have much to offer the visitor, seen at their best when approached by canal. Interesting canal rings include the Four Counties Ring and the Cheshire Ring.
Star Narrowboat Holidays We have 2 boats both with a unique blend of style & homely cosiness. We offer lots of flexibility for hire dates. Perfect for Bridgewater, Trent & Mersey, Cheshire Ring & Leeds/Liverpool. Have a look!
Bettisfield Boats Admire the beautiful Llangollen & tranquil Montgomery canals on our 2 & 3 berth traditional style narrowboats. Cruise through tunnels & over spectacular world heritage aqueducts from our Bettisfield base.
Crest Narrowboats - Prestigious new fleet presenting high quality 2-10 berth boats, operated by friendly, well established and experienced staff at our Chirk and Festival Park bases - ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable holiday.
Marine Cruises on the magnificent award winning Llangollen canal have well equipped 2 to 10 berth boats. All boats have bathroom with shower & galley with full size cooker.
Pea Green Boats. Escape the 21st Century at 4 mph aboard a beautiful pea green boat drifting along our picturesque waterways from our home at Whixall on the Llangollen Canal.
Hire a bespoke boat from family run Constellation Cruises (at Braidbar Boats) complete with luxuries including central heating, 240V electrics, TV/DVD and unwind in style! You won't be disappointed. (Previous experience essential).
Heritage Narrowboats offering 'quality graded' Narrowboats to cruise the Cheshire & Four counties Rings and beyond. Or have a day out on the canal on one of our 12 person dayboats.
Chas Hardern Boats, family run for over 40 yrs offering a fleet of excellent value, well equipped 2 to 6 berth boats for all year cruising. Ideal for Shropshire Union, Llangollen & adjoining canals.
Cheshire Cat Narrowboats, ideal for the Llangollen Canal & Four Counties Ring. Clean, comfortable, well-equipped boats, individual attention, sensible prices, no hidden extras. A warm, friendly welcome guaranteed.
Jacaranda Narrowboat Holidays offer 'a different view everyday'. Privately owned narrowboat ideally based in beautiful rural Cheshire for cruising the Shropshire Union & Llangollen canal, and Four Counties and Cheshire Rings.
From our new base at Autherley Junction, Napton Narrowboats family-run fleet now gives you the widest choice of boats and routes.
Norbury Wharf. Independently managed, privately owned luxury narrowboats on the beautiful Shropshire Union canal. Enjoy the country pubs, the freedom and heritage of the canals. Short & long term hire available.
The Blue Riband Club comprises two owner operated companies who guarantee to give you the highest standards of both comfort and service. All boats are Tourist Board annually inspected.
Based on the Shropshire Union near Chester, Tom's Cruisers offer the keenest priced boating holidays for the Cheshire and Four Counties rings, plus the Llangollen Canal and beyond.
Venetian Hire Boats Luxury canal holidays from the heart of Cheshire with king size beds, satellite TV and NO SURCHARGES. Fully equipped including towels and a visit from the Chocolate Fairy.
Woolfall Narrowboats, family run, luxury six berth narrowboats with 240 volt for hire. Based on the Shropshire Union Canal ideal for cruising the Llangollen canal, Four Counties and Cheshire ring.
Avant Classic Narrowboats is perfectly situated at Mercia Marina on the Trent and Mersey Canal giving you access to some of the UK's most beautiful canal networks.
Aqua Narrowboat Hire. Enjoy a relaxing holiday on six berth narrowboat. Thoughtfully designed for both families or groups. Staffordshire base ideally situated to explore the Shire Counties.
Canal Cruising Company located in the canal town of Stone. Ideal for a number of routes. 2 to 8 berths all ETC graded.
Marine Cruises have well equipped 2 to 10 berth boats. All boats have bathroom with shower & galley with full size cooker. 4 counties and East Midlands Rings.
Middlewich Narrowboats are a small family company who hire boats with 'character' including some fine traditional style craft with brasswork and boatman's cabin. Strategically located base.