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Shire Cruisers reviews 2017

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  • Experience - Sowerby Bridge start

    "Lovely scenery on Rochdale, extraordinarily friendly people." - Katy Weitz, Stafford

    "We were elated to reach the summit and relished its scenery. Fascinating to see the industrial landscape of the Rochdale in a narrow valley between high bare and beautiful hills. We also found the Calder & Hebble a delightful surprise." - Mrs Price, Huntingdon

    "Fantastic time. Laughed & laughed. Beautiful scenery and places. Great experience. Would do it again!" - Jenny Moor, Westmorland

    "Walked to Hardcastle Crags from Hebden Bridge - a fair walk but Easter trail and walk back along the river path." - Mrs Hopkins, Rutland

    "Mainly happy on & around the boat - seeing wildlife & scenery, play places etc." - Mrs Bence, Northumberland

    "Scenery - was beautiful, watching birds.
    People - 4/5 different boats all very friendly and helpful.
    Pubs/places - loved Brighouse, park for dog, good pubs."
    - Mrs McDade, Devon

    "Scenery in most places (South Pennine Ring) beyond our expectations. People mostly friendly & helpful. Pubs were good. Places interesting & full of history. We explored as much as possible within our time limit." - Mrs Stringer, Hereford

    "Beautiful scenery, great weather. Good to work together with another boat. Brighouse nice - saw Tour de Yorkshire. Halifax arm pretty, but decided Sowerby Bridge better for dinner - it was!" - Mr Briggs, Suffolk

    "We walked up to summit and thought the views were spectacular." - Mr Peak, Oxford

    "Great canal - wonderful scenery - would like to do it again." - Mr Carter, Cornwall

    "1 night at Hebden Bridge - 'drink?' for ales - excellent! Up 10 locks to Todmorden, ate at Kava. Walked around fleamarket on Thursday. Back down to Stubbing Wharf for large pub sandwich. Hebden Bridge for 2 nights - Mooch, Greens for dinners/lunches.Walked up to Heptonstall and Hardcastle Crags (on separate days)." - Mr & Mrs Peters, Suffolk

    "4 star canal." - Mr Lane, Dorset

    "Magnificent ridges!)." - Mr & Mrs Marshall, Norfolk

    "Good variation of scenery from rural countryside to industrial areas. Travelled on the Sheffield tram system (all routes). Good wetherspoons in Meadowhall centre. Looked round Goole Docks. Met some ex barge skippers." - Mr & Mrs Penny, Somerset

    "Really liked Hebden Bridge. walked to Stoodley Pike from Bridge 25, & Heptonstall. Both great. Liked scenery at Summit." - Mrs Wilson, Warwick

    "Lovely scenery. Really liked Hebden Bridge - worth a day or two stopover. People very friendly and helpful. Enjoyed walking and looking at scenery." - Mr & Mrs Bibby, Huntingdon

    "Scenery beautiful. People very friendly & helpful. Walked arounf market (small but OK)." - Lesley Walker, Devon

    Experience - One way trips

    "The prettiest canals we've been on. With fewer boats so no holdups at locks." - Mr Mydlowski, Dorset

    "Wonderful scenery, friendly people. Lots of wildlife and wildflowers along the way." - Lynda O'Hare, Dorset

    Food & drink

    "Great finds include: vegetarian restaurant in Mytholmroyd, the Black Bird at Todmorden, all the wholefood shops in Hebden Bridge." - Katy Weitz, Stafford

    "Ate in the New Moonlight Indian at Luddendenfoot, very accommodating, friendly and couldn't do enough for us. Would recommend highly. Hebden good, Stubbing Wharf nice." - Mr Thompson, Sussex

    "Highlight was Stubbings." - Emma Walker, Westmorland

    "Grandma Pollards chippy Walsden 5 star." - Mr Peak, Oxford

    "Didn't do many pubs or restaurants, however the fish & chip shop at Micklethwaite was excellent as was the Anchor at Salterforth Bridge." - Lynda O'Hare, Dorset

    "Olive Branch (H. Bridge - great!) Wetherspoons (Todmorden & Brighouse). Brewers Fayre (Salterhebble Basin)." - Mr Davies, Hereford

    "Good pubs:-
    Stubbing Wharf
    Shoulder of Mutton, Mytholmroyd
    Grandma Pollard's Pies - delicious
    Border Rose in Walsden - excellent value & very friendly.
    Blackbird Bar & Kitchen - Todmorden
    Amazing:- Clog Factory & Shop. Walkleys in Mytholmroyd. ."
    - Mrs Wilson, Warwick

    "Stubbing Wharf pub very good - excellent food, friendly staff." - Mr & Mrs Bibby, Huntingdon


    "Thank you for your staff being patient, concerned and helpful." - Mrs Yuen, Warwick

    "Great customer service. Was a gift for my husband's 60th and info sent was in a plain envelope so nothing given away - thank you." - Mrs McDade, Devon

    "Service was excellent. We did need assistance and that also was excellent." - Mrs Stringer, Hereford

    "Fantastic (especially bringing us towels!). we would have and will recommend Shire Cruisers to everyone." - Mr Mydlowski, Dorset

    "Excellent service. We would certainly recommend your company to others. Thanks very much for making our holiday such a positive experience!" - Mr & Mrs Peters, Suffolk

    "Members of staff helpful & cheerful especially through initial tunnel & locks." - Mr Davies, Hereford

    "Emails were answered promptly in a helpful manner. Lovely, friendly welcome, put your mind at ease." - Lesley Walker, Devon

    Information Pack

    "Invaluable. Lots of information. Excellent." - Mr Thompson, Sussex

    "Excellent. Got us in the mood for the trip & really prepared us." - Emma Walker, Westmorland

    "It was very well written - full of good advice without being terrifying." - Mrs Price, Huntingdon

    "First rate even for those of us who had been on the canals before." - Mr Little, Stafford

    "The Information Pack was first class and told us everything we needed to know." - Mr Peak, Oxford

    "Excellent info beforehand especially about where advised to stop each night (for one way trip)." - Mr Mydlowski, Dorset

    "Good - opted for electronic version." - Mrs Wilson, Warwick

    "Very good - well laid out & informative. Useful information (& colour pictures!) of places to eat." - Mr & Mrs Bibby, Huntingdon


    "Excellent 3 stage handover - route, boat & locks done by 3 different people. Very thorough & ensured we totally understood the lock system before setting out alone. Very reassuring for novices!" - Katy Weitz, Stafford

    "Excellent, very thorough and patient, time taken to show us what to do, whole experience excellent!" - Mr Thompson, Sussex

    "Josh was v. helpful, fun and enthusiastic." - Emma Walker, Westmorland

    "Will was very helpful." - Mr Hopkins, Rutland

    "Very thorough & confidence building." - Mrs Bence, Northumberland

    "Very good - everything seemed to be covered." - Mr Little, Stafford

    "Staff very friendly, informative and efficient. Enjoyed our holiday and will certainly book again. Still lots to see. Trip made easier because of your staff." - Mrs McDade, Devon

    "Good - comprehensive, friendly." - Mr Briggs, Suffolk

    "For a novice the handover was very good indeed. We felt confident that we could navigate the canal and use the boat without a problem." - Mrs Peak, Oxford

    "Superb handover, very friendly." - Mr Mydlowski, Dorset

    "Good handover. Stan very informative and polite." - Mr & Mrs Bibby, Huntingdon

    "Handover great, helpful & friendly guy - thanks Stan." - Lesley Walker, Devon

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Boat Name Berths Route Type
Devon 2 Short Break
Oxford 2 Short Break
Warwick 2 + 1 Short Break
Suffolk 2 + 2 Short Break
Rutland 4 + 2 Short Break
Hereford 4 + 1 Short Break
Buckingham 4 + 2 Out & Back
Sussex 6 + 2 Short Break
Northumberland 6 + 4 Short Break
Westmorland 6 + 4 Short Break
Stafford 2 + 2 Out & Back
Worcester 4 + 1 Out & Back
Huntingdon 4 + 2 Out & Back
Cambridge 2 Leeds & Liverpool
Norfolk 2 + 2 Leeds & Liverpool
Leicester 4 + 2 Leeds & Liverpool
Somerset 4 + 2 Leeds & Liverpool
Dorset 4 + 2 One way
Gloucester 4 + 2 One way
Cornwall 4 + 2 One way