Suitable for private parties and corporate hospitality our boat trips always provide a great experience. Trips cost £50 for 1 hour or for trips of more than one hour this reduces to £37 per hour for up to 12 people. Boat trips can last from one to six hours, depending on the route you choose. Spirit is our wheelchair friendly accessible boat, which provides the opportunity to offer trips to people of all abilities.

Children through to the elderly thoroughly enjoy the experience of taking control of the boat, learning to navigate the lock systems or just sitting back and relaxing to enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife long the way.

Our crew are friendly, experienced and happy to help you make the most of your trip on our boats.

They are all fully qualified and all hold a current CCBM and CCC certificates. Our crews have unrivalled knowledge of the local waterways and ensure that you have a safe and interesting journey.

Note: The finish time of boat trips is limited by daylight hours, therefore for reference, be aware that the finish times are as follows:

January & December 4pm
February & November 5pm
March & October 6pm
April & September 7pm
May, June, July & August 8pm

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a toilet on the boat?

Our trip boat known as Spirit has a disabled toilet on the boat.

Can we bring wheelchairs?

Yes, our trip boat Spirit is an inclusive boat with a disabled lift the maximum weight on the lift is 250kg

What is the maximum weight you can accommodate on the lift?

250kg is the maximum weight that the lift can take

How many wheelchairs can you accommodate?

Our trip boat Spirt can take up to 3 wheelchairs.

What time should we arrive for our boat trip?

If some of your party need to access the boat using our lift at the back of the boat for those with mobility issues we recommend arriving between 20 and 30 minutes before the trip.

If none of your party will need access to the lift then 10 minutes before your trip is the recommended arrival time.

You indicated that the price was £37 per hour, but when I go on the boat booking it shows £50 as the cost?

The cost for boat trips is £50 for 1 hour trips, all trips that are above 1 hour are charged at £37 per hour – including the first hour.

How do you manage to keep you price per hour so low?

We always wanted our trip boat to be accessible to people and so we train volunteer skippers and crew to manage our boat trips, very rarely do we need to use paid staff to crew/skipper our trips.

I’m interested in becoming a boat volunteer how do I go about it and what is involved?

We run National Community Boat Association accredited boat training.  We run three courses, the first is the CCC (Competent Crew Course) also known as crew level, the second is BHC (boat handling course) and the final one is the CCBM (Community Course in Boat Management) also known as skipper level.  We run these courses throughout the year usually over 6 weeks on 1 weekday per week, the courses run from 10am – 3pm and the training takes place on our older boat Narroway which is a traditional narrowboat.  At the end of the 6 weeks hopefully if you have managed to achieve all the requirements for the course you will pass your community crew course and can apply to become a volunteer.  To become a volunteer we need the completion of a volunteer application form, the completion of 5 mandatory online training courses (we can provide space in centre to complete if you don’t have access to a computer and/or the internet) and the receipt of an Enhanced DBS.  If you are interested in learning more please contact centre on 01709 578778.

1 review for Boat Hire

  1. Katie

    Superb boat trip! Great for family outings, we took our own lunch on board. The crew were so lovely and even let our little ones have a go of steering the boat. A true gem! Was so relaxing, will definitely book again. Thank you

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