Here at Chiltern Canal Boat Holidays, we offer both mid-week and weekend canal boat hire. With a choice of boats and routes available, you'll be sure to find your perfect canal boat short break right here!
Our lovely narrowboat hire base near Tring, Hertfordshire is the ideal starting point to explore the Chiltern Hills towns of Tring, Berkhamsted, Marsworth and Ivinghoe.
A few days cruising the south Grand Union canal is the ideal way to unwind and relax into the slower pace of life afloat.
Whether you are looking to reconnect with nature as you cruise through the Chiltern Hills countryside, or you choose to moor in a quiet spot in the centre of town with all the conveniences just a couple of minutes walk away, our weekend canal boat hire gives you the opportunity to have a taste of life on the UK's inland waterways.
Your chosen narrowboat will be ready for you to collect from Cow Roast Marina, Tring at 2pm on Friday, and following an introductory session with our qualified team who will take you through everything you need to know about narrowboating, you'll then set off for your canal boat weekend. The boat is to be returned at 10am on Monday morning.
We are more than happy for our weekend boat hirers to return their narrowboat on Sunday afternoon or evening. This allows you to enjoy a full day cruising on the Sunday, and be back at home before the end of the weekend.
If you would like to do this, just let us know.
Unfortunately, due to the relaxed pace of narrow boating (you can go a maximum of 4 mph), if you hire a canal boat for just 1 night you'll find you won't really get far. To fully appreciate the experience of exploring in your own canal boat, we recommend booking at least a couple of full days.
Alternatively, if you just want the experience of staying on a narrowboat, why not book one of our static hire nights during the winter season?
This route travels for 10 miles, through 14 locks - Best for Beginners
This route travels for 14 miles, through 14 locks - Best for Town & Countryside
If you are looking for a few days away to enjoy a narrow boat holiday, a mid-week break is a great option.
Not only do you get an extra full days cruising compared to a weekend narrow boat hire, the nightly cost for a mid-week boating break is also cheaper.
Enjoy the scenic views and quiet mooring spots as you cruise through the Chiltern Hills countryside, and then head on in to town to sample the local restaurants and enjoy a night going 'out out'. A mid-week short break gives you plenty of time to settle into life aboard and become an expert in narrow boating.
We'll prepare your narrowboat ready for you to collect at 2pm on Monday, and then after your introductory session with our qualified team, your mid-week adventure begins. The boat is to be returned at 10am on Friday morning.
This route travels for 19 miles, through 30 locks - Best for Countryside Views
This route travels for 16 miles, through 28 locks - Best for Town & Countryside/Beginners