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Canal boat hire in Yorkshire


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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.


19 May

Your holiday (13677)

Hi Susan:
Now we’re all back in the US, we want to thank you and all the people involved at Shire Cruisers for your friendly services and flexibility during our trip.
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on the Suffolk (a great boat, just the right size for us) and wish you all the best in the future.
- Keep well, Dave

12 May

Holiday Booking 13600


just a big thank to Susan and Nigel, and all at Shire Cruisers, also to Sam at Barnoldswick for looking after us and seeing us on our way and helping us on our return.
We really enjoyed our canal trip last week on the Cambridge.

Best wishes,

Philip and Tina
Isle of Man

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