A self drive day hire canal boat

Day Hire self drive canal boats

Self drive day hire canal boats are a great way to get some fresh air with friends or family and to sample what a longer canal holiday would be like. Lots of people get hooked this way!

Self drive day hire canal boats is offer a unique way to explore the countryside. The canals often wind their way through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, offering stunning views and a chance to see wildlife up close. You can take your time and enjoy the scenery at your own pace, stopping whenever you like to take photos or explore the local area.

The Key Facts About Self DriVe Day Hire Canal Boats

  • Day hire boats can usually be booked for self drive canal trips for a day, part of a day or evening.
  • You don’t need any boating experience or qualifications to take one out.
  • They usually have toilet and simple cooking facilities (many people take picnics) but no sleeping accommodation. Most have outside seating and room inside for passengers if it rains!
  • Day hire narrowboats usually take between 6 and a maximum of 12 passengers.
  • Hirers will suggest suitable routes for your hire time, but you can also check out our Canal Maps & Guide pages.

Canal Maps & Guides

Our online canal guide maps cover the most popular English, Welsh and Scottish cruising canals and navigations.


Beacon Park Day Boats

Beacon Park Day Boats at Brecon Canal Basin. Boats by the day, half day or hour. Explore the wonders of the beautiful Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal in a luxury electric day boat or canoe.

Birmingham & Midland

Birmingham & Midland provide boat-handling courses for individuals or groups up to three. Two days intensive boating and great fun training. Accredited RYA qualifications. Novice to Professional.

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.


CanalAbility Have a great day out on one of our accessible canal boats, fully adapted for disabled people. Sit back and relax as you cruise the River Stort through the idyllic Hertfordshire countryside.

Farncombe Boat House Day Hire

Farncombe Boat House Our purpose-built day boats are ideal for entertaining. Each boat can accommodate up to ten people and is fully equipped. Explore the Godalming to Guildford stretch of the river with open meadows and fields with grazing cattle, swans, ducks and geese along your way. 

Honeystreet Boats

Honeystreet Boats Our lovely day boat situated in the middle of a 15 mile lock free length of the Kennet and Avon Canal. Day hire from £159 up to 8 people, Sun Downer 5-7pm from £70.

Inland Navigators

Inland Navigators 10 passenger day boat from our wharf near Weedon. Cruise this idyllic stretch of tranquil waterway without canal locks to negotiate. Self drive or skipper. Evening skippered cruises.

Lee Valley Boat Centre

Enjoy a relaxing holiday with Lee Valley Boat Centre based on the Rivers Lee & Stort in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, offer rowing boats, canoes, pedalos and electric boats for hourly hire

Norbury Wharf

Norbury Wharf. Enjoy the heart of the beautiful Shropshire Union Canal aboard a ten seater day boat, situated just 15 minutes from junction 14 M6, or junction 3 M54, a day to remember!

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.

Rose Narrowboats

Rose Narrowboats on the Oxford Canal near Rugby have Rosette, a tug style narrowboat with galley and toilet, available for self-drive day trips for up to 12 people.

Worsley Day Boat Hire

Worsley Day Boat Hire. Worsley Day Boats is a family owned hire business situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Worsley. Ideally located for a leisurely days cruise we are within easy reach of RHS Bridgewater gardens or central Manchester.

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Ashby Canal

Bosworth Marina
Ashby Canal, Leicestershire
Day Boat Hire

Ashton Canal

Portland Basin Boat Hire
Dukinfield, Cheshire
Day Boat Hire

Bridgewater Canal

Thorn Marine
Warrington, Cheshire
Day Boat Hire
Worsley Day Boat Hire
Worsley, Manchester
Day Boat Hire
07823 825050

Gloucester and Sharpness Canal

Saul Junction Marina
Church Ln, Frampton on Severn, Gloucester GL2 7JY.
Day and holiday hire

Grand Union Canal

Grebe Canal Cruises
Pitstone, Grand Union Canal
Day Boat Hire, Charter & Public Trip Boats
Inland Navigators
Weedon Bec, Northampton NN7.
Day Boat Hire
07815 312317
MK Afloat
Milton Keynes
Day Boat Hire

Grand Union Leicester Line

Union Wharf Narrowboats Ltd
Market Harborough
Day Boat Hire

Grand Union Mainline

Cosgrove Narrowboat Company
Milton Keynes, Grand Union Canal
Trips, Charter and Day Boat Hire
Lazy Days Day Boat Hire
Northamptonshire/ Warwickshire Grand Union Canal
Day Boat Hire

Grand Western Canal

Tiverton Canal Co
Grand Western Canal, Tiverton
Day Boat Hire and Horse-Drawn Barge Trips

Kennet and Avon Canal

Honeystreet Boats
Honey Street, Village SN9 5PS.
day hire for upto 8 people
01672 851166
The Boatyard
Hilperton Kennet and Avon Canal
Dayboat Hire & short break
Wessex Narrowboats
Kennet & Avon Canal, Staverton
Day Boat Hire

Lee Navigation

Harlow CM20 2QS.
Specially adapted Day Hire boats with steerer provided
01279 424444
Lee Valley Boat Centre
Old Nazeing Rd, Broxbourne EN10 6LX.
Day Boat Hire
01992 462085

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

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

Llangollen Canal

Whittington Wharf Narrowboats
Ellesmere Road, Welsh Frankton, Oswestry SY11 4NU.
Day Boat Hire

Macclesfield Canal

Freedom Boats Limited
Macclesfield, Cheshire
Trip boat, day & week hire
Heritage Narrow Boats
Scholar Green, Cheshire
Day Boat Hire
Liberty Cruising
Day boat, restaurant boat hire

Mon & Brec Canal

Beacon Park Day Boats
Hillside Rd, Llangattock, Crickhowell NP8 1EQ.
Day boat hire
Country Craft Narrowboats
Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal
Day Boat Hire
Dragonfly Cruises
Day Boat Hire
Pontymoile Marina
Mon & Brecon Canal

Oxford Canal

Clifton Day Boat
Rugby, North Oxford Canal
Day Boat Hire
Lime Farm Marina
Day Boat Hire
Rose Narrowboats
Fosse Way, Brinklow, Rugby CV23 0PU.
Day Boat Hire
01788 832449
Union Canal Carriers Ltd
Braunston, Grand Union Canal
Day Boat Hire

Peak Forest Canal

Phoenix Day Boat Hire
Whaley Bridge, Peak Forest Canal
Day Boat Hire

River Avon

Bidford Boat Services
Riverside House, 4 The Pleck, Bidford-on-Avon, Alcester B50 4BB.
Dayboat hire
Free Spirit Cruising
Day Hire
Messing About OnThe River Ltd
Hanham, Bristol
Disabled access charter boat, day boat hire, tea gardens

River Nene & Cambridgeshire Waterways

Fish & Duck Marina
Ely, Rivers Great Ouse & Cam
Day Boat Hire

River Soar

Sileby Mill Boatyard
Mill Ln, Sileby, Loughborough LE12 7UX.

River Trent

Gunthorpe Leisure Boats Ltd
Gunthorpe Marina, River Trent, Notts
Day Boat Hire

River Wey

Farncombe Boat House Day Hire
Catteshall Rd, Godalming GU7 1NH.
Day boats that can accommodate a upto of ten people
01483 421306

Rochdale Canal

Bronte Boats
New Rd, Hebden Bridge HX7 8AD.
Boat Hire, day boats and repairs

Saltisford Arm

Saltisford Canal Centre
Self steer day hire & trip boat

Shropshire Union Canal

Cheshire Cat Narrowboats Ltd
Nantwich, Shropshire Union Canal
Day Boat Hire
Chester Day Boat Hire
Day Boat Hire
Norbury Wharf
The Wharf, Norbury Junction, Stafford ST20 0PN.
Day Boat Hire
01785 284292

Staffs and Worcs Canal

Birmingham & Midland
Watling St, Gailey, Penkridge, Stafford ST19 5PR.
Boat-handling courses for individuals or groups up to three.
01902 544329

Stratford Canal

Lyons Boat Yard
Northern Stratford Canal
Day Boat Hire

Trent and Mersey Canal

Boating Days
Warrington Rd, Northwich CW8 4QU.
Day Boat Hire
01606 852945
Karen’s Day Boat Hire
Preston on the Hill, Bridgewater canal
Day Boat Hire
M&I Marine Ltd
Wincham Wharf, Northwich, Cheshire
Day Boat Hire

Warwick and Birmingham Canal

Warwick Wanderer Dayboats
Day Boat Hire

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