England - The Thames
Canal boats available for rental from Le Boat from 21 March to 31 October
Bases located at Benson and Chertsey
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Canal boats available for rental from 17 March to 09 November
Base located at Stone
Black Prince Narrowboats Available Bases in UK
Cheshire Acton Bridge Base:
Bartington Wharf, Warrington Road, Bartington
Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 4QU
Based near Northwich, our Cheshire Acton Bridge hire base is a great place for exploring a number of routes. Traveling north, you meet the canal where it all started the Bridgewater Canal, which takes your narrowboat lock-free to Manchester. From there you can travel to the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, or continue on the Cheshire Ring via the Peak Forest and Macclesfield.
Stoke Prior Narrowboat Base:
Hanbury Road, Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove,
Worcestershire B60 4LA
Situated in a lovely spot, Stoke Prior is a canal boat hire base that offers plenty of options. Enjoy a relaxing short break to Worcester and take in the new Droitwich ring, or choose from a variety of routes along the Stourport Ring, the Avon Ring and the Warwickshire Ring, where you can visit cities such as Birmingham and Stratford-Upon-Avon. For those that like a challenge the Tardebigge locks are nearby the longest flight of locks in the UK, totalling 30!
The Peak District Narrowboat Base:
Festival Park Marina, Etruria,
Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 5PA
Situated on the re-developed National Garden Festival Site, this is one of the most popular Black Prince starting points. Close by there is an exciting Water World, dry ski-slope, multi-screen cinema, ten pin bowling and shopping centre and that is before you get on the water!
The variety of canal cruising routes is wide with the Cheshire Ring and Four Counties being favourites. You travel through some of the waterways most beautiful scenery, along with the pure contrast of the Potteries, Royal Doulton, Cheddleton Mill and Wedgwood industries. For the more energetic there's Alton Towers near the end of the Caldon Canal
Clifton Narrowboat Base:
Clifton Wharf, Clifton upon Dunsmore
Rugby, Warwickshire CV23 0EY
Ideally situated in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, Clifton offers a large number of interesting routes for beginners to the most experienced narrowboaters. Choose to cruise the picturesque waterways of the East Midlands with their misty dawns and spectacular sunsets, enjoying the beautiful quiet villages and excellent pubs or head to the vibrant stop-offs of Stratford Upon Avon or Birmingham city centre to soak up the culture. Whatever type of narrowboat journey you're looking for, Clifton has it all.
Ely Narrowboat Base:
Bridge Boatyard, Bridge Road,
Ely, Cambs. CB7 4DY
Begin your relaxing narrowboat holiday from our hire base in Ely, in the picturesque heart of the Fenland waterways, overlooked by its magnificent cathedral. Our fleet of Duchess 2 and 4 narrow boats offer holidays for parties of 2 to 5 people and a selection of routes that will see you cruising through cities, towns and villages along the beautiful waterways, making Ely the ideal hire base to begin exploring.
Bradford on Avon, Kennet abd Avon Canal Narrowboat Base:
Bradford Wharf, Frome Road,
Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 2EA
Enjoy a Kennet & Avon canal boat holiday starting from the picturesque Wiltshire town of Bradford on Avon, a narrow boat hire base that offers canal cruises to suit all levels of experience. Heading westward will take you over aqueducts, through bridges and locks to the World Heritage City of Bath, a gentle day's canal cruise from the base. For the more experienced narrowboat crew a week will provide adequate time to cruise through Bath and onto Bristol, travelling though countryside along the River Avon.
Chirk Narrowboat Base:
Marine Services, Chirk Marina,
Chirk, Wrexham LL14 5AD
Based on the breathtaking Llangollen Canal in North Wales, Chirk's lovely marina is situated near the National Trust site of the Chirk Castle. With much to offer, a narrow boat holiday on the Llangollen Canal meanders gracefully through the beautiful countryside where the World Heritage Site the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct spans across the Dee Valley
Napton Narrowboat Base:
Wigrams Turn Marina, Shuckburgh Road,
Napton on the Hill, Southam, Warwickshire CV47 8NL
Ideally situated at the head of the Oxford Canal, Napton is a base for a large number of interesting routes. The Warwickshire Ring, for the more energetic, contrasts the beautiful countryside around Warwick with city life and industry through Birmingham and Spaghetti Junction.
Trips of beauty and interest can also be achieved, including Stratford Upon Avon, Oxford, Snarestone, or a visit to the Waterways Museum at Stoke Bruerne, depending on the number of locks you wish to negotiate.
Falkirk Narrowboat Base:
Falkirk Wheel, Lime Road,
Tamfourhill, Falkirk FK1 4RS
Based at the Falkirk Wheel, one of the most stunning backdrops anywhere on the canals, we are ideally sited half way between Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Falkirk Wheel is 115 feet high the equivalent height of eight double decker buses and offers visitors a real treat.