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 Based in Llangattock, enjoy a day out cruising the beautiful Mon and Brecon Canal as it winds its way through the stunning scenery, surrounded by wildlife. Choose from an easy-to-drive electric day boat, two-person cycle boat, canoes or paddle boards.


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
Leicestershire, Bosworth Marina, Carlton Rd, Market Bosworth, Nuneaton CV13 6PG.
Day Boat Hire

Ashton Canal

Portland Basin Boat Hire
Lower Alma St, Dukinfield SK16 4SQ.
Day Boat Hire

Bridgewater Canal

Thorn Marine
164A London Rd, Stockton Heath, Warrington WA4 6LE.
Day Boat Hire
Worsley Day Boat Hire
Dayboat Office, Worsley Dry Docks, Worsley, Manchester M28 2WN.
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
Grebe Canal Cruises, Pitstone Wharf, Pitstone, Leighton Buzzard LU7 9AD.
Day Boat Hire, Charter & Public Trip Boats
Inland Navigators
Weedon Bec, Northampton NN7.
Day Boat Hire
07815 312317
MK Afloat
Waterside, Peartree Bridge, Milton Keynes MK6 3BX.
Day Boat Hire

Grand Union Leicester Line

Union Wharf Narrowboats Ltd
Union Wharf, Market Harborough LE16 7UW.
Day Boat Hire

Grand Union Mainline

Cosgrove Narrowboat Company
Cosgrove Wharf, Lock Lane, Cosgrove, Milton Keynes MK19 7JR.
Trips, Charter and Day Boat Hire
Lazy Days Day Boat Hire
The Boatyard, High St, Weedon Bec, Weedon NN7 4QD.
Day Boat Hire

Grand Western Canal

Tiverton Canal Co
Canal Hill, The Wharf, Tiverton EX16 4HX.
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
5 Hammond Way, Trowbridge BA14 8RS.
Dayboat Hire & short break
Wessex Narrowboats
39 Frome Rd, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 2EA.
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
Rawlinson Ln, Heath Charnock, Chorley PR7 4DE.
Day and evening boat hire
Pennine Boat Trips
19 Coach St, Skipton BD23 1LH.
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
Brook Street, Brook St, Macclesfield SK11 7AW.
Trip boat, day & week hire
Heritage Narrow Boats
Heritage Marina, Station Rd, Scholar Green, Stoke-on-Trent ST7 3JZ.
Day Boat Hire

Mon & Brec Canal

Beacon Park Day Boats
Hillside Rd, Llangattock, Crickhowell NP8 1EQ.
Day boat hire
01873 858277
Country Craft Narrowboats
The Old Lock House, Llangynidr, Crickhowell NP8 1ND.
Day Boat Hire
Dragonfly Cruises
Canal Rd, Brecon LD3 7EW.
Day Boat Hire
Pontymoile Marina
Fountain Rd, Pontypool NP4 8ER.

Oxford Canal

Clifton Day Boat
Clifton Wharf, Clifton upon Dunsmore, Rugby CV23 0EY.
Day Boat Hire
Lime Farm Marina
Cathiron Ln, Rugby CV23 0JH.
Day Boat Hire
Rose Narrowboats
Fosse Way, Brinklow, Rugby CV23 0PU.
Day Boat Hire
01788 832449
Union Canal Carriers Ltd
Dark Ln, Braunston, Daventry NN11 7HJ.
Day Boat Hire

Peak Forest Canal

Phoenix Day Boat Hire
Whaley Bridge, Basin SK23 7LS.
Day Boat Hire

River Avon

Bidford Boat Services
Riverside House, 4 The Pleck, Bidford-on-Avon, Alcester B50 4BB.
Dayboat hire
Free Spirit Cruising
Tewkesbury Marina,, Bredon Rd, Tewkesbury GL20 6EB.
Day Hire
Messing About OnThe River Ltd
Hanham, Bristol, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 2AJ.
Disabled access charter boat, day boat hire, tea gardens

River Nene & Cambridgeshire Waterways

Fish & Duck Marina
Popes Corner Marina, Holt Fen, Little Thetford, Ely CB6 3HR.
Day Boat Hire

River Soar

Sileby Mill Boatyard
Mill Ln, Sileby LE12 7UX.

River Trent

Gunthorpe Leisure Boats Ltd
3 Trentside, Gunthorpe, Nottingham NG14 7FB.
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
Budbrooke Rd, Warwick CV34 5GN.
Self steer day hire & trip boat

Shropshire Union Canal

Cheshire Cat Narrowboats Ltd
Overwater Marina, Coole Ln, Nantwich CW5 8AY.
Day Boat Hire
Chester Day Boat Hire
Tattenhall Marina, Chester CH3 9NE.
Day Boat Hire
Norbury Wharf
The Wharf, Norbury Junction, Stafford ST20 0PN.
Day Boat Hire
01785 284292

Stratford Canal

Lyons Boat Yard
Limekiln Ln, Birmingham B14 4SP.
Day Boat Hire

Trent and Mersey Canal

Boating Days
Warrington Rd, Northwich CW8 4QU.
Day Boat Hire
Karen’s Day Boat Hire
Boothstown, Marina, 14 Quayside Cl, Boothstown, Worsley, Manchester M28 1YB.
Day Boat Hire
M&I Marine Ltd
220 Manchester Rd, Lostock Gralam, Northwich CW9 7NT.
Day Boat Hire

Warwick and Birmingham Canal

Warwick Wanderer Dayboats
At Nicholas park, A425, Warwick CV34.
Day Boat Hire

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