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Canal boat hire in Yorkshire

Water shortage

Sadly, exceptional lack of rain has caused Canal & River Trust to close all three Pennine crossings. This makes our Barnoldsick base untenable for a while, so we are moving the boats. We are contacting all affected customers with alternative plans. Our Sowerby Bridge base has access to 125 miles of dependable river navigations, waiting to give you a great holiday.



How to book

The quickest way to get afloat

Use this form to check availability. When you find the boat you want, click 'Book this holiday now' and you can pay your deposit or hold for 48 hours - or ring 01422 832712.

The counties are the names of the boats, not where they start from! Click the map for routes, and the boat for details.



Explore the Pennine canals

Yorkshire's secret waterways offer a new discovery round every corner. Amazing scenery, friendly people, welcoming pubs, good shopping, history all around you, walks up into the hills - there's so much to enjoy.

Our skilled instructors will make you confident to handle your boat.



Narrow boats to be seen on

There's something magic about a narrow boat - small outside and roomy inside. Craftsman built and carefully maintained, your narrow boat has everything you need - comfortable beds, quality equipment, well-planned accommodation. Each night you can moor in a new and different place.


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About us

The market leader in Yorkshire boating holidays

We cover the northern waterways more comprehensively than any other fleet.

Our skilled and dedicated team will do all we can to give you a wonderful holiday on some of the most attractive waterways in England.


01 Jan

New Year message

Happy New Year, all at Shire Cruisers. Only a note to say how much I enjoyed our trip on Cornwall (skipper David Smith) at end Sept. The service was excellent and no problems at all with the boat. I would recommend the experience.
Matthew Needham


White Rose Awards

White Rose Awards

We're Highly Commended!
Fantastic accolade for our staff.