Narrowboat Hire – River Severn, River Avon and Droitwich Canal

Hiring a boat to cruise the wide River Severn or meandering River Avon is a wonderful experience, quite different to canal cruising. Each river can be cruised in about three days. The rivers also enable a number of longer midland cruising routes, including the circular Avon Ring, and the much shorter Droitwich Ring.


The River Avon at Tewkesbury

  • The River Severn, Britain’s longest river, rises in mid Wales and flows 220 miles to the Bristol Channel. It is navigable from a few miles above Stourport 45 miles down to Gloucester.
  • The Warwickshire River Avon meanders through beautiful watermeadows above Tewkesbury, famous for it’s abbey and fine buildings, and winds on amidst willow trees through the Vale of Evesham to Stratford upon Avon where you can moor by the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
  • The recently restored Droitwich Canal runs from the Severn to the Worcester & Birmingham Canal.
  • The Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal, a cruise alongside the wide Severn Estuary down to Sharpness Docks through manned swing bridges with their classical keepers cottages is well worthwhile.
  • The large locks on the Severn are electrically operated by lock-keepers, you share the locks with other boats holding on to chains on the lock side.
  • Locks on the Avon you operate yourself and come in a variety of sizes and shapes, some can seem a little unusual at first!

Boat Hire from family firms on or around the River Severn, River Avon and the Droitwich Canal

Cafwin Cruisers

Cafwin Cruisers Inspire romance and indulge in the idyllic Worcestershire & Warwickshire waterways in our Eco-friendly luxurious boutique narrowboats. Why not try our beautiful new Electric-Hybrid 58'6" narrowboat, Ollie Owl?

Napton Narrowboats

From our new base at Autherley Junction, Napton Narrowboats family-run fleet now gives you the widest choice of boats and cruising routes.

Starline Narrowboats

Starline Narrowboats are a small, friendly, family-run company based at Stourport on Severn. Cruises include the majestic River Severn, Shakespeare's River Avon to Stratford or the scenic West Midlands canals.


UKvacationsAfloat At M6 J12 we are centrally located for easy scenic cruises on the picturesque 'Shroppie', Trent and Mersey canal for the Potteries and the Birmingham canals for the industrial history buffs.

Canal Rings

Avon Ring
Includes the River Severn from Worcester to Tewkesbury, the River Avon, the Stratford Canal and the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. 1 week, but 2 weeks will be more relaxed.

Droitwich Ring
Includes the 2 Droitwich canals and short stretches of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal and River Severn, cruise in 2 days.

More Information

Cruising Guide and map for the Rivers Severn and Avon.

More Midlands 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.

Our Listings

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Droitwich Canal

Cafwin Cruisers
B4090 Hanbury Rd, Droitwich Spa, Droitwich WR9 7DU.

Gloucester and Sharpness Canal

Saul Junction Cruisers
Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

River Severn

Backwaters Canoe and Kayak Hire
River Severn and Mon & Brec Canal
Portharb Holidays

Shropshire Union Canal

Napton Narrowboats
Autherley Junction, Oxley Moor Rd, Wolverhampton WV9 5HW.
01926 813644

Staffs and Worcs Canal

Starline Narrowboats
Stourport-on-Severn DY13 9ER.
01531 632003
The Wharf, Watling St, Penkridge, Stafford ST19 5PR.
07491 507825
+1 416 998 4747 (USA)

Day Hire

Bidford Boat Services
Riverside House, 4 The Pleck, Bidford-on-Avon, Alcester B50 4BB.
Free Spirit Cruising
Tewkesbury Marina,, Bredon Rd, Tewkesbury GL20 6EB.
Messing About OnThe River Ltd
Hanham, Bristol, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 2AJ.
Saul Junction Marina
Church Ln, Frampton on Severn, Gloucester GL2 7JY.

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