Canal Boat Holidays on the Grand Union Canal

Canal Boats moored in Berkhamsted Town

Our passion is to provide all of our customers with a luxury boating holiday at great value. The famous Grand Union canal has lots to offer and is a popular destination for canal boat holidays, and here are just a few reasons to hire a canal boat from us:

Simple online availability and booking system

We offer both short breaks and full week hires - all bookings start and end on either a Monday or Friday. You can check availability of our canal boats online and book you holiday in just 5 simple steps. Plus, we only require a 30% deposit at the time of booking, with the remaining balance due 6 weeks before the start of your narrowboat holiday so you can spread the cost. Check availability of our boats here. 

Alternatively, please feel free to give us a call on 01296 486216 and we'll be happy to get you booked in over the phone.

Luxury Canal Boats

All of our narrowboats are unique and specifically designed with the holiday customer in mind. They offer a cosy home from home and come equipped with everything you need to enjoy a relaxing break on the Grand Union canal. Take a look at our hire boats here.

    Great Value Narrowboat Holidays

    You can hire a narrowboat from us for either a short break or a full week. The costs you see on the website are the price for hiring a narrowboat, including basics such as parking, bed linen, gas etc. The only additional charge is for the diesel you use during your canal boat holiday, which is payable when you return the boat. Click here to see everything that's included and a comparison of our hire boat prices.

    West Highland Terrier aboard Narrow Escape on a canal boat holiday

    Family Friendly Holidays (including the dog!)

    When you hire a canal boat, it's a holiday where the whole family can get involved. From driving the boat, planning the route and working the locks, it's a great way to work as a team and bring the family together to learn some new skills and explore new places along the south Grand Union. We provide life jackets and full instruction, so you can rest assured that even the smaller family members can enjoy the holiday safely. Take a look at some of our previous customer reviews here.

    A Perfect Holiday for a Special Occasion

    Whether it's a birthday, anniversary or a honeymoon, a canal boat holiday can be the perfect gift to celebrate and make some special memories. Plus with our bespoke range of merchandise and food/drinks packages, you can surprise your loved one with some special extras. Take a look at our full range of optional extras here.

    Narrow Escape moored beneath trees on a summer canal boat holiday

    Great Location

    Not only are we easily accessible from London and all surrounding areas, our location on the southern stretch of the Grand Union canal also gives you a great choice of cruising routes too. You can enjoy a quiet cruise exploring the Chilterns countryside on the main Grand Union and the Wendover Arm, or if you want a bit more adventure, there are a number of historic towns that you can visit with a long list of attractions, events, restaurants and shops to keep you entertained. Find out more about the local area here.

    No Experience Necessary

    We provide all tuition and safety equipment as part of your holiday cost, so even if you have never been on a narrowboat before, you can book a holiday with us and we'll teach you everything you need to know. We'll provide you with a map book of the south Grand Union and also help you plan your route so you can make sure you don't miss a thing. Click here to read more about boating.

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