Lancaster Canal Boat Hire

Beautiful, cleverly designed narrowboats ideal for both experienced boaters and newcomers alike. Sleeping up to 6 persons plus pets, we offer self-catering canal boat holidays with all the comforts of home!

Book Now – Some Dates Still Available!

2020 has been a tough year so far for tourism and even we were forced to close down for a time because of the pandemic.

Our 4 beautiful boats are now in full operation again, with a canal boat cruise being the perfect opportunity to socially distance! Each boat is given a deep-clean between hires, ensuring your safety.

We’re already taking bookings for 2021 and 2022, 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 6 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 four beautiful and superbly equipped Narrowboats available for you to book for short breaks or full weeks between March and October. Sleeping from 2 to 6.


57ft – Sleeps 6

Honeysuckle will be available from early June 2020. A stunning brand-new narrowboat, sleeping 6!

Short Breaks – from £625
Full Weeks – from £935

Brand new for 2020, the stunning and luxurious Honeysuckle is the latest addition to our little fleet. She is in the process of being built by our good friends at Brayzel Narrowboats of Garstang.

She is a breathtaking, modern and very comfortable boat with a fixed double bed and sitting areas which will convert to 2 further double beds.

Honeysuckle has a well equipped kitchen, 2 bathrooms and plenty of storage to make her a perfect family boat.

As with all of our other boats, she carries everything you will need to make her a wonderful home from home for your canal adventure!
There is plenty of room on the front and rear decks to relax and take in the lovely Lancashire countryside.  Her central heating will keep you cosy on the chillier evenings.

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 – from £485
Full Weeks – from £725


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. Recently refurbished inside – simply stunning!

Short Breaks – from £505
Full Weeks – from £740


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 – from £535
Full Weeks – from £825

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

positive review A spectacular week on 'Forget Me Not' beautiful scenery on a tranquil water way to beautiful little towns & villages.
A very clean little boat with everything you need 😃
This was one holiday not to forget ⚓

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Sharon Charnley

New Year Break We spent a marvellous few days on Rose over the New Year break. She has a wonderfully, charming cottage-like appeal, was warm and comfortable and I would highly recommend her as an easily manoeuvrable boat for anyone, no matter what their experience. Thank you so much to Sylvia for being do easy to deal with and friendly in the extreme. I can't recommend her (Rose and/or Sylvia) enough to anyone who is either returning to canal life for a break or considering it for a holiday. I will certainly return.

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Ken Heddle

Absolutely wonderful week on Rose,what a lovely company to deal with and what a lovely boat, can't recommend enough.

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Fantastic boats and people, Michael and Sylvia are very friendly people that make the whole process of hiring a boat joy. The boats are perfect in every way and the canal is a stunning place to be and they are dog friendly. Highly recommended for canal boat hire whether it's a short weekend break or for a full weeks holiday.

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Dan Chapman

Fantastic boats and people, Michael and Sylvia are very friendly people that make the whole process of hiring a boat joy. The boats are perfect in every way and the canal is a stunning place to be and they are dog friendly. Highly recommended for canal boat hire whether it's a short weekend break or for a full weeks holiday.

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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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