Narrowboat Hire – Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal 

Hire a boat on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal (Staffs and Worcs) and you can potter along twisting river valleys and through some remarkable sandstone scenery around Kinver to the wide River Severn at Stourport. Or skirt the edge of suburban Wolverhampton and then cross Cannock Chase to join the Trent & Mersey near the beautiful Tixall Wide. The ‘Staffs and Worcs.’ was an early ‘contour’ canal, opened in 1772, part of Brindley’s intention to create a ‘Grand Cross’ of canals connecting the rivers Severn and Trent, and the Mersey and Thames. The canal is 46 miles long with 45 locks so allow 4 or 5 days.

  • Enjoy fine varied scenery, from the heaths and woodlands of Cannock Chase through sandstone hills and valleys around Kinver to the Wide River Severn at Stourport.
  • Explore the inland port of Stourport, a collection of basins, warehouses and two sets of locks, once busy with cargoes being transhipped from narrowboat to river barge.
  • Look out for Tixall Wide, or Broad, a rare wide stretch of canal where you don’t have to keep to the channel! Tixall Gatehouse and Shrugborough Hall are worth a visit.
  • Watch out for unusual locks, a staircase at Botterham and not quite a staircase at Bratch! Volunteers may be on hand to help you through without causing a flood!
  • Take care in the narrow cutting near Wolverhampton, boats can’t pass so check that it is clear before you enter.

Boat Hire from family firms on or around the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal

Canal Cruising Company

The Canal Cruising Company is located in the canal town of Stone. We are ideally placed for a number of out and back routes and circular routes. Our boats are 2 to 8 berths, all are ETC graded.

Chas Hardern Boats

Chas Hardern Boats, family run for over 40 years offering a fleet of excellent value, well equipped 2 to 6 berth boats for all year cruising. Ideal for the Shropshire Union Canal, the Llangollen Canal & adjoining canals.

Cheshire Cat Narrowboats

Cheshire Cat Narrowboats, perfect for the Llangollen Canal & Four Counties Ring. Clean, comfortable, well-equipped boats, individual attention, sensible prices, no hidden extras. A warm, friendly welcome guaranteed.

Heritage Narrowboats

Heritage Narrowboats
offering 'quality graded' Narrowboats to cruise the Cheshire & Four counties Rings and beyond. Or why not have a day out on the canal on one of our 12 person dayboats.

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.

Norbury Wharf

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.

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

The Four Counties Ring The Four Counties Ring links to the Trent and Mersey Canal and the Shropshire Union Canal.

More Information

Holiday Cruising Guide to the Staffs & Worcs Canal.

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.

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Macclesfield Canal

Heritage Narrowboats
Station Rd, Scholar Green, Stoke-on-Trent ST7 3JZ.
01782 785700

Shropshire Union Canal

Chas Hardern Boats
Beeston Castle Wharf,, Beeston,, Tarporley CW6 9NH.
01829 732595
Cheshire Cat Narrowboats
Overwater Marina, Nantwich CW5 8AY.
07867 709195
Napton Narrowboats
Autherley Junction, Oxley Moor Rd, Wolverhampton WV9 5HW.
01926 813644
Norbury Wharf
The Wharf, Norbury Junction, Stafford ST20 0PN.
01785 284292

Staffs and Worcs Canal

Gailey Marine Ltd
Gailey, Staffs and Worcs Canal
Jones Family Cruising
Riverboat Rescue
Severn Valley Cruisers
Stourport, Staffs and Worcs Canal
Starline Narrowboats
Stourport-on-Severn DY13 9ER.
01531 632003
Stroudwater Cruisers
Stourport on Severn
The Wharf, Watling St, Penkridge, Stafford ST19 5PR.
07491 507825
+1 416 998 4747 (USA)

Trent and Mersey Canal

Canal Cruising Company
Crown St, Stone ST15 8QN.
01785 813982

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