Winter Canal Cruising & Year Round Canalboat Hire Firms
You might get the impression from all those sunny scenes in the Hire Boat brochures that canal holidays were a 'summer only' activity. In fact late autumn and winter cruising is just as much fun, seeing another side to the countryside and wildlife and finding even the most popular cruising canals more peaceful and relaxing.
Many hire firms now have boats specially equipped for winter cruising, with extra bedding, central heating and solid fuel stoves, so there's no need to freeze! The pubs are still there to serve warming home cooked meals! Some maintenance closures may affect your choice of routes, the hire firm will advise you. Check out our listing of winter hirers below.
And at Hireboats2go we have holiday boats through the winter months, including the Christmas and New Year holidays. Hiring a boat with friends or family over Christmas or New Year can be a Great Escape!
Ashby Boat Company Ltd. friendly helpful company located on the tranquil Ashby canal . Their fleet has been inspected by The "Visit Britain Quality Assurance Scheme" Short break /Weekly & Day hire.
Bath Canal Boat Co. Luxurious widebeam canal boats. Beginners welcome, advice/ guidance given by an IW instructor. Based in Bath, operated by small family business, providing outstanding service with a personal touch.
The Bruce Trust provides accessible holidays on four wide beam canal boats. 12, 10 and 6 berth boats from either Great Bedwyn or Lower Foxhangers. Wide access ramps, grab rails, hoists etc.
Canal Cruising Company located in the canal town of Stone. Ideal for a number of routes. 2 to 8 berths all ETC graded.
On a Canal Boat Cruises holiday on the Leeds & Liverpool canal there's no rush! Luxury 6 & 8 berth boats based at Riley Green in the idyllic Lancashire country side.
Charnwood Boat Hire Ideally situated to explore the River Soar and the Grand Union and Trent and Mersey canals we are a small family firm providing comfortable boats at reasonable prices.
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.
College Cruisers are a long established hire fleet based right in the centre of the historic City of Oxford. Routes include the peaceful Oxford Canal and the beautiful River Thames
Excellence Afloat at Valley Cruises are a small family operated business offering you the highest standards of service and accommodation, all with a friendly and helpful approach.
Foxhangers in Central Wiltshire below famous Caen Hill Locks, excellent selection of 2/9 berth well equipped narrowboats. Comfortable cruising to Roman city of Bath & Bristol. Weekly, weekend and short breaks.
Boats from £59 with Pennine Lancashire’s secret Hapton Valley Boats for the day, weekend and weekly breaks. Vast countryside, elevated views and part of UK’s largest heritage regeneration The Weavers Triangle.
Kate Boats, a family run business, with quality narrowboats from two bases on the Grand Union Canal, ideally situated on the Warwickshire ring. Beginners welcome, full instruction given.
Moonraker Canalboats - 5 star canal boat holidays on the beautiful Kennet & Avon canal. Our boats are traditional style wide-beam narrowboats with fabulous accommodation, Jaccuzzi Whirlpool baths.
Norbury Wharf luxury narrow boats at the heart of the beautiful Shropshire Union canal, ideally situated for the Llangollen canal, Four counties ring & much more, Short & long term hire available. Diesel & Gas included.
Oxfordshire Narrowboats. Cruise the beautiful Cherwell Valley & Cotswold Borders toward Oxford & the Thames. Short breaks, families, pets, large groups welcome.
Pennine Cruisers are based in Skipton on the tranquil Leeds Liverpool canal, renown for its spectacular scenery. In addition to weekly hire they offer short breaks, w/e and day hire.
Rose Narrowboats are a family firm with a fleet of 20 luxury narrowboats for weekly or shortbreak rental in the heart of the Midlands canal system. On-line brochure here now.
Family run Silsden Boats , situated in traditional Yorkshire village on picturesque Leeds Liverpool canal. 22 boats, 2 to 9 berth, 5 widebeam, all under 5yrs old. All Inclusive, No Extras.
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!
Based on the Shropshire Union near Chester, Halcyon Days Canal Boat Hire offer the keenest priced boating holidays for the Cheshire and Four Counties rings, plus the Trent & Mersey and Llangollen canals and beyond.
Water Farm Boat Hire offer 3 narrowboats (1 pet-free & the other 2 pet-friendly) for hire on the beautiful lock-free Lancaster Canal. Convenient Barton Grange marina start, full training given.