Narrowboat Hire – Leeds & Liverpool Canal

There’s a great choice of hire boat firms on the 127 miles of the scenic Leeds & Liverpool canal, on the Lancashire side, the summit level and on the Yorkshire side of the Pennines. Some hire narrow boats, some wide boats. A one way trip from Leeds to Liverpool takes at least a week with plenty of exercise from the 93 wide locks, two weeks would be much better!

  • From Liverpool to Parbold the Leeds & Liverpool Canal crosses the fairly flat Lancashire plain until the climb into the Pennine hills begins up the famous Wigan 21 locks and on through the once proud cotton towns of Blackburn and Burnley where waterside Victorian mills still stand. The summit level crosses fine moorland scenery over the ‘backbone of England’ through the mile long Foulridge tunnel.
  • The canal descends through remote and beautiful countryside and the market town of Skipton, fascinating Saltaire, Bingley Five Rise Locks into the Yorkshire Dales and on towards the bustling city of Leeds. After Leeds a network of routes lead towards Doncaster, Sheffield, the Trent, York and Hull.
  • The Liverpool Canal Link gives access to the famous Liverpool waterfront past Liverpool Pier Head to join up with the main Dock system & River Mersey.
  • The Ribble Link (2002) leads from the small port of Tarleton at the end of the Rufford branch along the River Douglas and the River Ribble to the Lancaster canal. Crossing the tidal River Ribble requires careful planning, many boats prefer to travel in convoy with of a professional pilot.
  • The wide locks on the Wigan to Leeds section are only 60ft long, a single slightly longer narrowboat may fit diagonally. The Liverpool to Wigan section and Leigh Branch have 72ft long locks.
Lancashire Mills near Leigh

Boat Hire from family firms on or around the Leeds & Liverpool Canal


"Boatique" holidays by bearBOATING on the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Cruise the spectacular Yorkshire Dales in one of our luxurious 57' long narrowboats.

Canal Boat Cruises

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.

Pennine Cruisers

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.

Shire Cruisers

Shire Cruisers Explore the edge of the Dales, starting on the summit of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Carefully looked-after boats and very thorough lock instruction.

Silsden Boats

Family-run Silsden Boats, situated in a traditional Yorkshire village on the picturesque Leeds Liverpool canal. 23 boats, 2 to 9 berth, 6 widebeam. All-Inclusive, No Extras.

The Boat Co North

The Boat Co North have 4 beautifully individual boats for unforgettable holidays. Being based in Leeds at the epicentre of the Yorkshire waterways you can explore the countryside and vibrant cities all enriched by navigating the history and heritage of our fantastic canals and rivers.

Pennine Cruisers

Pennine Cruisers at on the Leeds & Liverpool at Skipton in the beautiful Yorkshire Pennines have day hire boats which can take up to 10 passengers.

Canal Rings

There are three cross Pennine canals giving a choice of circular routes.

The Pennine Ring links to the Bridgewater Canal in Leigh. After Manchester there is the option of climbing the Pennines on the Ashton Canal and Huddersfield Narrow Canal or along the Rochdale Canal. Then the Calder & Hebble and the Aire & Calder Navigations complete the loop.

More Information

Holiday Cruising Guide to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

More Northern hire firms or narrowboat hire firms in other canal areas.

Day hire boats to cruise with a few friends for a few hours.

Help to choose the right canal boat for your holiday.

Plus lots more advice and tips in our Canal Holiday Advice.

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Aire and Calder Navigation

The Boat Co North
Castleton Mill, Castleton Close, Leeds LS12 2DS.
07710 863124

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Athena Canal Holidays
Lancashire, Leeds and Liverpool
PO Box 324 Shipley, BD18 9DP
07969 901383
Canal Boat Cruises
Riley Green Marina, Bolton Rd, Hoghton PR5 0SP.
01254 202967
Canal Boat Escapes
Barnoldswick, Leeds & Liverpool
Ellerbeck Narrowboats
Chorley, Lancs. Leeds & Liverpool Canal
L & L Cruisers
Chorley, Leeds Liverpool Canal
Hainsworths boatyard. Five rise locks, Bingley
07957 888579
Pennine Cruisers
19 Coach St, Skipton BD23 1LH.
01756 795478
Shire Cruisers
Kelbrook Rd, Barnoldswick BB18 5TB.
01422 832712
Silsden Boats
Canal Wharfe, Elliott St, Silsden, Keighley BD20 0DE.
01535 653675
Snaygill Boats
Skipton Rd, Bradley, Keighley BD20 9HA.

Day Hire

Ellerbeck Narrowboats
Chorley, Leeds and Liverpool Canal
Pennine Boat Trips
Pennine Cruisers
19 Coach St, Skipton BD23 1LH.
01756 795478

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