Before you go
Planning your holiday with Discountboathire.com begins now simply:
1. Browse the feature routes and short breaks and select which canal or ring you would like to cruise.
A very popular choice is the countryside on your doorstep – seeing the area by canal gives a whole new perspective to an area you know well, but with the confidence of knowing the best places to stop for provisions. Alternatively there may be an area of the country or a historic town that you have always wanted to explore.
2. Then think about whom you will be travelling with and pick the boat layout that’s right for you and your crew. There is a wide selection of boats, styles and arrangements available and these are detailed along with photographs and virtual tours.
As you take the holiday at your own pace, 2 active adults can easily handle a narrowboat. If you are considering a route with more locks or with younger children in the crew consider taking a larger boat with another family to share the experience.
As you cruise along, one person steers and the rest of the crew is free to watch the scenery or even walk the towpath alongside. At locks (and when mooring) one person stays on the boat to steer whilst at least one person works the lock mechanism. When you are first taught to operate a lock it may appear bewildering, but by your second or third you will already wonder what you were worried about.
3. Then decide on your preferred dates and check availability and make your booking through our secure payment page.
There is no itinerary – you set your own agenda. In a week by canal you are likely to cover the distance you could cover in an hour by car. But the journey will be a far richer one!