Chiltern Canal Boat Holidays

Chiltern Canal Boat Holidays

Canal Boat Hire on the Grand Union

Chiltern Canal Boat Holidays provide canal boat hire in the beautiful countryside of the Chiltern Hills, south east England. Offering full week, mid-week and weekend boat hires, our canal boats (also commonly referred to as narrow boats, long boats or barges) are all unique and designed by us for a memorable and luxury canal boat holiday on the Grand Union canal. 

Whether you are an experienced boater looking at hiring a canal boat and exploring a new part of the UK waterways, or a beginner wanting to experience your first holiday on a canal boat, our canal holidays are perfect for you! We provide all safety equipment and a free introductory session at the start of your holiday which is tailored to you, so you can enjoy a safe and relaxing break, no matter what your experience.

Please note - Summer season bookings (March to mid-November) are for self-drive or skippered boating holidays. Winter bookings (mid-November to end of February) are for static hire within the marina only. Please see our Static Hire page for more details.

Canal Boating Holidays in the UK

Drift Away on a Relaxing Escape

Unwind on a peaceful getaway where you can live among nature and experience a slower pace of life.

Cast Off and Explore

Wake up to a stunning new view every day when you discover beautiful nature spots and historic towns.

Enjoy a Boating Holiday Adventure

 Make new memories and get the whole crew involved in boating safely (even the smallest members!)

A canal boating holiday is all about the journey, not the destination.

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Hiring with Chiltern Canal Boat Holidays

Narrow Escape canal holiday boat cruising past a traditional canalside pub

Short Breaks & Weekly Canal Boat Hire

We have a range of great value canal holidays available including long weekends (Friday to Monday), mid-week breaks (Monday to Friday) and full weeks (starting either Monday or Friday). Take a look at our prices and book online today with just a 30% deposit.

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Luxury Canal Hire Boats

Our canal boats provide accommodation for 2 to 5 people, and are beautifully designed to be a delightful home from home during your trip. Each boat is completely unique and comes fully equipped with everything you need so you can enjoy your canal holiday in comfort.

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green fields and hills of the Chilterns AONB

Explore our Location and Routes

Discover the Chiltern Hills when you cruise through the counties of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Take a stroll in the countryside and find a historic landmark, or moor up in town and check out the boutique shops and great restaurants.

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Close up view of a lock gate on the Grand Union canal

Canal Boat Holidays for Everyone

We provide a tailored introduction at the start of your canal boat hire to ensure you are confident with operating the boat and locks before you cruise off on your own. Alternatively contact us about a skippered cruise where you can just sit back and enjoy the ride.

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Book online in 5 easy steps!

  1. Click the 'Book Now' button below.
  2. Enter your preferred holiday dates, the number of guests and click 'Search'.
  3. Select your favourite boat and hit the 'Book Now' button
  4. Add any extras (or select the 'Skip' button)
  5. Enter your contact and payment details
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Holiday Hire Canal Boat and bridge on the Grand Union Canal

Do you have a question, or just prefer to speak to a real person? Give us a call - we’re happy to assist you!

Customer Testimonials

5 Star Review

We had a fantastic week on the boat, and would highly recommend it. The owners are really lovely and gave us training as we were first timers! The boat was really nicely decorated and well equipped, and had everything you could possibly need. This will definitely not be our last boating holiday!

Sally & Simon

5 Stars

Lovely boat, organised and administered by Gareth and Corinne who were so helpful and friendly. Well equipped and well priced. Can't wait for our next visit!

Campbell Family - 5 Stars

5 Stars

We had a very enjoyable trip using one of Chiltern Canal Boats- Narrow Escape. We were on the water for 8 days and even though things were a little hampered by CV19 we spent some glorious days up the Wendover Arm with all its splendor and great walking areas. We will be back !

Milroy Family - 5 Stars

Chiltern Canal Boat Holidays has been featured and listed on:

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Find Out More About Hiring a Canal Boat in the UK

Have another question about canal boat hire? Check out our FAQ page here.

Key Booking Terms & Conditions:

  • From March to mid-November, all of our self-drive canal boat hires start on either a Friday or Monday and are available to book for 14 days, 10 days, 7 days or short breaks (mid-week or weekend). 
  • During the winter season (mid-November to end of February), boats are available to hire as static lets only and must remain moored in the marina. Bookings may be made for a minimum of 2 nights, starting any day of the week, excluding Sunday.
  • For self-drive holidays, a minimum party size of 2 adults aged 25 or over at the time of booking is required. No Stag / Hen party or booze cruise bookings.
  • Dogs are welcome aboard Narrow Escape only. We allow either 1 medium dog or 2 small dogs, at an additional charge of £35 per break.
  • A 30% deposit is required to book if your canal boating holiday is more than 6 weeks away. If you canal boat hire is due to start within the next 6 weeks, the full balance is payable immediately. 
  • For self-drive and skippered holidays, diesel is not included in the hire price and is based on actual usage, payable when the boat is returned at the end of your trip.
  • Offers and discounts cannot be used in combination with any other promotions. The best available offer will be applied at the time of booking.

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