Canal Boat Experience
If you are interested in having your own “canal boat experience” then you have several options.
There are companies around the UK that run a day hire business. This means that you get to take out a narrowboat by yourself for the day. You will be responsible for crewing and “driving” the boat.
If you wish to have a longer experience than just one day, then holiday rental is an option for you. There are lots of hire boat companies throughout the UK that will let you take a boat out. Commonly rentals are for a weekend, mid-week or full week. Longer hires are available and sometimes firms will offer a discounted rate on the second week.
Canal Boat trip
If you want the pleasure of a short trip on the canal without the pressure of having to steer a boat, then a short canal boat trip might be the thing for you.
These often run at Canal and River Trust open days as well as at a number of permanent locations throughout the UK.
If you want a canal holiday but don’t feel confident about doing all the work yourself, then you can book onto a Hotel Boat. These run throughout the UK and usually having a cruising schedule. This means that the week that you book in will determine the area of the network you get to see.
Generally, the Hotel Boat will provide you with meals for the duration of your holiday – like a floating B&B. There will be a crew onboard to do the driving, locks and catering, although often they will let you help with the locks if you want to get more involved.