Frequently Asked Questions

Where Can I Moor?

You can moor anywhere along the towpath, either adjacent to one of the many canal side inns or in the quiet of the open countryside.


How Far In Advance Do I Need To Book

The earlier the better, especially if you are limited to certain dates. Just give us a ring, email us, or go online to check the availability of your chosen period and boat.


Are Canal Holidays Sitable For Children?

Keeping children amused and interested is generally agreed to be the key to a relaxing holiday for parents. With the constantly changing environment, there is plenty of interest and opportunity to see wild animals and birds in their natural surroundings. Children are also free to move about and play games, even when travelling and they find locks and swing bridges fun to operate.


Where Do I Park?

Once you have arrived and unloaded your car at our base, one of our staff will show you to our private locked compound.


Can I Bring My Pet?

Yes. However, we do charge £25 per pet and request that all pets are kept away from the bedding, etc.


Do I Need Any Previous Experience?

No driving licence or previous experience is necessary. When you collect your boat, detailed instructions on how to operate the simple controls and other equipment is given. You will then be taken for a “driving lesson”, during which you may negotiate a swing bridge. When you’re happy handling the boat, we leave you to cruise to the first lock where you will be given full lock tuition.


How Far Can We Go?

A typical weekend break would take you from our base in Skipton either eastward to Saltaire or westwards to Foulridge and back again. A week’s hire could take you eastward through Bingley Five Rise Locks to Leeds, or westward through the lovely villages of Gargrave and Bank Newton, through the Foulridge tunnel at the highest section of the canal, and then down into Lancashire towards Wigan, (or alternatively part distance in either direction).

A two week cruise can easily take you off the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and onto the Bridgewater, Trent and Mersey, Shropshire Union, Llangollen or the Cheshire Ring Canals, the Rochdale, Ashton, Peak Forest and Macclesfield.


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