Narrowboat Hire – Trent & Mersey Canal

The Trent and Mersey Canal is a popular cruising canal with narrowboat hire firms conveniently based along its 90 miles. It offers lots to see and do, and its connections with other canals & rivers open up plenty of holiday cruising route choices for a short break or longer holiday. A narrow canal, except for Burton on Trent to Derwent Mouth (River Trent). It takes about a week to cruise the full length which includes 73 locks and 4 tunnels. Allow 2 days to explore the short but scenic Caldon Canal.

Double locks on Heartbreak Hill.

Double locks on Heartbreak Hill.

  • Enjoy lots of locks, tunnels and a wide range of scenery, heritage and attractions on this long cross-country canal.
  • Look out for the Anderton lift, the Potteries & Wedgewood Museum, salt mining towns, ‘Heartbreak Hill’ locks and the spooky Harecastle Tunnel, plus lots of beautiful scenery.
  • Cruising routes include ‘out and back’ up the picturesque Caldon Canal, the Macclesfield Canal into the Peak District or exploring the River Weaver ‘flashes’ or upper River Trent.
  • Or choose from canal Rings; circular routes such as the Four Counties Ring or Cheshire Ring, do-able in a week but comfy in two! Or the longer Leicester Ring. (See Canal Rings)
  • Energetic crews will love all those locks and tunnels and being able to explore different canal Ring Routes.
  • For a more laid back holiday explore the Caldon Canal, Macclesfield Canal, or the Anderton Lift and River Weaver.

Boat Hire from family firms on or around the Trent & Mersey Canal

Ashby Boat Company Ltd

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.

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.

Floating Holidays

Located on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Floating Holidays have lovely traditional and modern boats, large and small for all parties. For couples breaks through to a boat that will comfortably accommodate 10 people.

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.

Rose Narrowboats

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.


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.

Boating Days

Boating Days have a well equipped 8 person day hire boat. Based near Northwich in Cheshire with Anderton Boat Lift just a few hours pleasant cruise away.

Canal Rings

Four Counties Ring Linking to the Shropshire Union Canal and the Staffs & Worcs Canal.

Cheshire Ring Linking to the Ashton & Peak Forest Canals, the Bridgewater Canal & the Macclesfield Canal.

Leicester Ring Includes the Coventry Canal and northern sections of the Oxford & Grand Union canals & the River Trent.

More Information

Holiday Cruising Guide to the Trent & Mersey Canal.

More North West 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

We provide contact telephone and email details free of charge for canal based companies, click for details.
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Ashby Canal

Ashby Boat Company Ltd
89 Station Rd, Stoke Golding, Nuneaton CV13 6EY.
01455 212671

Macclesfield Canal

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

Oxford Canal

Rose Narrowboats
Fosse Way, Brinklow, Rugby CV23 0PU.
01788 832449

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

The Wharf, Watling St, Penkridge, Stafford ST19 5PR.
07491 507825
+1 416 998 4747 (USA)

Trent and Mersey Canal

Andersen Boats
The Boatyard, 11 Wych-House Ln, Middlewich, Cheshire, CW10 9BQ
Aqua Narrowboats (UK) Ltd.
The Boat House, Tomlinson Business Park, Woodyard Ln, Foston, Derby DE65 5BU.
Bee Boating Breaks
Mercia Marina
Black and White Boat Hire
Sawley Marina
Canal Cruising Company
Crown St, Stone ST15 8QN.
01785 813982
Drayton Narrowboat Hire Ltd
Fazeley, Tamworth, Staffs
Drift Away
Anderton (Northwich), Trent & Mersey Canal
Cheddleton, Caldon Canal
Fabuloso Holidays
Mercia Marina, Trent & Mersey
Floating Holidays
Middlewich Wharf, 1 Canal Terrace, Middlewich CW10 9BD
03300 430547
Griffin Narrowboat Holidays
Trent and Mersey
Linden Narrowboat Hire
Kings Bromley, Trent and Mersey
Mabel of Marbury Ltd
Marbury Marina, Northwich
Staffordshire Narrowboats Ltd
Stone, Trent and Mersey Canal
The Narrowboat Hire Company
Barton Under Needwood

Day Hire

Boating Days
Warrington Rd, Northwich CW8 4QU.
01606 852945
Karen’s Day Boat Hire
Barton Rd, Worsley, Manchester M28 2PD.
M&I Marine Ltd
216 Manchester Rd, Lostock Gralam, Northwich CW9 7NT.

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