Lancaster Canal Boat Hire

Beautiful, cleverly designed narrowboats ideal for both experienced boaters and newcomers alike. Sleeping up to 4 persons plus pets, we offer self-catering canal boat holidays with all the comforts of home!

Book Now – Some Dates Still Available!

2018 has been a lovely year on the Canal and we are delighted with all your lovely feedback, pictures and positive reviews. We aim to make the remainder of the year even more enjoyable for our guests.

Our 3 beautiful boats have all worked hard and are all in perfect condition for you to enjoy.

We’re already taking bookings for 2019, so choose your boat and check that your dates are still available for your canal boat holiday before it is too late!

Canal Boat Holidays

Discover the joy of canal boat holidays on the Lancaster Canal. Hire one of our Canal Narrowboats for a short break or a full week and navigate the canal from Preston to Tewitfield.

The fast way to slow down and relax in great scenery, getting close to wildlife and nature.

We are based at Barton Grange Marina on the A6 between Preston and Lancaster.

Our Narrowboats sleep up to 4 persons in comfort, are easy to sail, and are luxuriously equipped with everything you need for your floating holiday.

Latest Photos From Our Guests

We love to show you the fabulous photos taken by our guests. Here are some taken recently…

  • Poppy in Lancaster

    Photo: Jason & Sue

  • Poppy in Lancaster

    Photo: Jason & Sue

  • A horse near Hest Bank

    Photo: Karen Watts

  • One of the Canal’s beautiful Swans

    Photo: Karen Watts

  • Swan with signets

    Photo: Karen Watts

  • Poppy gliding along

    Photo: Nicole Kamp

  • A snooze on Poppy

    Photo: Peter Kamp

  • Peter and Nicole Kamp

    Photo: Peter and Nicole Kamp

  • Sunset at Hest Bank

    Photo: Karen Watts

  • A wild deer near Hest Bank

    Photo: Karen Watts

  • Bridge 92

    Photo: Chris Giles

  • A happy Charlie

    Photo: Chris Giles

  • Heron in flight

    Photo: Chris Giles

  • Lancaster Swan

    Photo: Chris Giles

  • A squirrel takes a drink

    Photo: Chris Giles

The Lancaster Canal

Linking Preston to Kendal, the Lancaster Canal is one of the country’s few contour canals. Built along the natural lie of the land it offers 41 miles of lock free cruising – the longest lock-free stretch in the country. As the canal is naturally level, it also lends itself to gentle walking and cycling as well as canoeing and other outdoor pursuits.

Things to see and do

In addition to providing spectacular views of the Silverdale Coast, Forest of Bowland and Wyre countryside, the Lancaster Canal also features some of the most impressive canal architecture in the country. The Lune Aqueduct, which is currently is benefitting from a £2.25 million transformation, is one of John Rennie’s finest works and not to be missed.

There are many superb pubs and excellent restaurants to enjoy along the 41 miles from The Last Orders Inn at Ashton-on-Ribble in the south right up to The Longlands Hotel past Carnforth in the north.

Check our Events and Locations pages to help you decide where to explore on your break.

Boater's Handbook

Luxury Self-Catering Narrowboat Hire

Everything you need is included for you on our canal boats and we provide full tuition on how to sail them before you embark on your adventure!

Each Narrowboat benefits from a full kitchen, bathroom, lounge and TV so you can spend quality time onboard or choose to enjoy some the many wonderful sights, taverns and restaurants along the canal route.

The Canal runs through the heart of the historic City of Lancaster, so make sure to take time to visit Lancaster Castle, The Maritime Museum and the many attractions along the towpath.

Full Week or Short Break?

Book a Weekend break from Friday to Monday or a Midweek Break from Monday to Friday on any of our 3 Narrowboats. Check the Booking Calendar below for availability.

Book One of Our Canal Boats

We have three beautiful and superbly equipped Narrowboats available for you to book for short breaks or full weeks between March and October.

Forget Me Not

35ft – Sleeps 2

Forget Me Not Canal Boat

Forget Me Not is a beautiful narrowboat sleeping 2 people making her perfect for couples.

She is cleverly designed to feel much more spacious than other boats of her size. A ‘floating cottage’!

Short Breaks – £425 to £645
Full Weeks – £610 to £855


41ft – Sleeps 4

Rose narrowboat

Rose is a 41ft long boat with a more traditional feel. She has one fixed double bed & 2 singles so she is ideal for couples & small families.

Because of her short length, she is just as easy to handle as our other boats.

Short Breaks – £450 to £645
Full Weeks – £630 to £940


45ft – Sleeps 4

Poppy - Lancaster Canal Boat Hire Holidays

Poppy is a brand new, bespoke narrowboat built to extremely high standards in 2016 by Brayzel Narrow Boats.

At 45ft in length, she is small enough to manoeuvre whilst comfortably sleeping 4 people.

Short Breaks – £530 to £685
Full Weeks – £715 to £1025

Fancy another kind of mobile holiday? Enquire about our wonderful 6-berth Luxury Motorhome, Bertha!

Book Your Canal Boat Break

Select your starting and end dates below for your chosen Narrowboat or alternatively call Sylvia on 07977 683282 to discuss.

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What our customers say about us

We had a great time yesterday on the Kingfisher cruise, Barton Grange to Catterall. The weather was a bit miserable but it was lovely and dry on the boat, and we enjoyed a very tasty scone. Despite the rain we managed to stand on the deck for part of the journey to take in the lovely surroundings. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable on the local area. We will definitely be back!!

Louise Nelson Avatar Louise Nelson

Katie and her Grandad had another fantastic holiday on the canal in Rose making wonderful memories. She is already planning their next canal holiday and tells me your boats are beautiful. Think l’ll have to try and join them next time, if Katie will let me!! x

Wendy Hull Avatar Wendy Hull

We had a lovely time on the kingfisher canal boat very friendly staff. Weather was disappointing but still a great time. Hope to do another some time soon

Linda Heaton Avatar Linda Heaton

Fantastic canal cruise. Great staff. Very relaxing. Highly recommended.

Dave Viva Avatar Dave Viva

Fantastic break aboard Poppy as a suprise for my husbands 40th birthday! The weather was absolutely beautiful and we enjoyed the slow paced life for a week. So relaxing pottering up the canal and back. The dogs loved it too! We can not wait to go again! Thank you!

Vicky Shield Avatar Vicky Shield

What’s Included?

When you begin your Narrowboat holiday, we will offer you as much tuition as you feel you need. We will stay on board until you feel confident with the canal boat then leave you to enjoy your relaxing holiday but remember, 24 hour help is only a phone call away!

On board you will find a full sized cooker, fridge, TV/DVD player, and all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans you will need. Poppy is also equipped with an extra TV/DVD, a hair dryer, a toaster and plenty of 240V electric sockets.

Prices include: Bedding, towels, toilet rolls, washing up liquid, sponge, tea towels, umbrella, torch and a full tank of diesel. Daisy and Rose have cassette toilets whilst Poppy has a flushing toilet.

A welcome pack containing tea, coffee, sugar, milk, biscuits and one or two surprises is also included.

Free secure car parking is available inside the Marina for the duration of your break.

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