Frequently Asked Questions

Idyllic Canal Boat Breaks

A holiday break on one of our Canal Narrowboats is an experience not to be missed. Here are some of the most common questions we are asked by new boaters.

Are the boats easy to drive?

When you arrive for your holiday you will be shown how everything on the boat works. We will give you tuition on driving, mooring and turning the boat round. We will only leave you on your own when you feel confident. This usually takes around 30-40 minutes.

Where can the boats be moored?

You can moor on the towpath side of the canal in most places. There are restrictions in some areas which are clearly marked.

How fit do I need to be?

Getting on and off the boat, mooring and tying up require a reasonable level of fitness.

Do I need a licence?

You do not need a licence for the canal and the tuition we provide will give you the skills you need to be safe on your holiday

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, well behaved dogs are welcome on board our boats. However, itis important that they can be trusted to not jump overboard especially when you are mooring up or casting off.

Is fishing allowed from the boat?

Yes but you have to have a rod licence which you can purchase at Bridge House Marina (about an hour and a half away by canal). There is also no live bait allowed on board and you do have to be moored. Bringing your own equipment is also essential as boat yards do not provide it for you.

Is there internet access on the boats?

No, not on the boats. Connection is patchy along the canal but some of the pubs and restaurants have wi-fi access.

Can I holiday alone?

Yes, this is possible as long as you are fit and able.

Can I hire the boat for just one day?

No. The minimum hire is 3 days over a weekend or 4 days mid-week.

Do you have car parking?

Yes, we have secure car parking available for your vehicle for the duration of your Canal Boat break – inside the gates of Barton Grange Marina.

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