Chiltern Canal Boat Holidays

Chiltern Canal Boat Holidays

If you are looking for a UK holiday that’s a little bit different from your everyday countryside holiday cottage, then a narrowboat holiday with us could be the perfect choice. You can enjoy a self-drive boating holiday in our unique 50ft narrowboat, Narrow Escape, which has recently been refurbished and offers a light and surprisingly spacious interior. Offering short breaks and 7 day trips, you can enjoy the seasonal changes of the canal and countryside from Spring through to Autumn. 

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The Narrow Escape

Available as 2-5 berth, this traditional stern narrowboat can comfortably accommodate couples or families, and comes with everything you need to enjoy your canal boat holiday in comfort, including:

  • 2-5 berth, across 2 double beds, and 1 children's bunk bed (including all bedding)
  • cosy lounge with traditional coal fire and Smart TV/DVD player
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas hob, oven and grill, plus a fridge with small freezer compartment
  • separate dining area
  • bathroom with full size shower cubicle and Thetford toilet
  • 12v power supply

Click here for more details about our canal boat, Narrow Escape, or use the search below to book your narrowboat holiday now.

Narrowboat hire on the South Grand Union canal

And the location just makes it better - with a canal boat holiday, it’s all about the journey and not the destination. So whatever your interests, you can cruise this southern stretch of the Grand Union canal and explore a variety of days out that the Chiltern Hills has to offer. With historic towns, family attractions, exquisite countryside, and traditional pubs galore, this canal boat holiday really does have something for everyone!

So whether you are looking for a quiet couples weekend getaway, or a family holiday to remember, Chiltern Canal Boat Holidays are the ideal choice to give you a unique holiday that you'll never forget!

Check availability and book online today with only 30% deposit

Lock Keepers Cottage on South Grand Union
Grand Union at Sunset

Hire boat holidays for beginners

Don't worry if you have never been on a narrowboat before. We'll give you all the guidance and information you need with a hands on tutorial at the start of your holiday. 

We'll spend some time making sure you are comfortable with how to drive and steer the boat, including casting off and mooring. We'll also teach you how to work the locks, bridges and all on-board facilities. Plus if you have any questions while you are cruising, we are here to help and ensure you have an enjoyable boating holiday.

Alternatively, contact us directly about hosting you a skippered canal cruise. We'll do all the driving, the mooring, the locks and bridges, so you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the view.                                                                     

"Excellent weekend with the family. Highly recommend the trip!!"

Lewis Family - 5 Stars

"Great time , great fun and great people... Will return as I loved it all. Thank you guys"

S Blanshard - 5 Stars

Thank you for letting us experience life on your canal boat on a lovely stretch of water and in a beautiful boat.

Bentley Family - 5 Stars

Read more of our customer reviews here.

Chiltern Canal Boat Holidays | Things to do
Chiltern Canal Boat Holidays | About Boating
Chiltern Canal Boar Holidays | FAQs

Located on the Grand Union, at the foot of the scenic Chiltern Hills, there really is something for everyone. Nature, history, scenic walks, shopping and attractions to keep everyone entertained. Find out more about things to do

Whether you are an experienced skipper or it's your first time, we will make sure you know everything you need to know before you cruise off into the sun. Read more about boating on the canals

Want to know more? Our 'Frequently Asked Questions' section is here to help. We've compiled a list of all the common things that others have asked, so you don't have to. Click here to read our FAQs

Key Booking Terms & Conditions:

  • All holidays start on either a Monday or Friday, and are available to hire for 1 full week or short breaks (mid-week or weekend). If you would like to book for more than 7 nights, please contact us directly for agreement before making your booking request. Additional charges may apply.
  • Minimum party size of 2 adults aged 25 or over at the time of booking. Maximum of 4 adults and 1 child.
  • We can sometimes allow pets to join you on your holiday. Please contact us to enquire prior to making a booking. Additional charges may apply.
  • No Hen / Stag party bookings.

Please click the link below to view our full Terms & Conditions of Hire