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Shire Cruisers reviews 2012

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    "We have just spent the weekend on Westmorland and I just had to let you know what a fabulous time we had. The boat was well equipped with everything we could possibly want or need. A big thank you to all the team for a great weekend which has left us with many happy memories. I have already passed your details to a work friend and will recommend you in the future."" - Ms Williamson, Westmorland

    Great! V. relaxing - cooking, reading, hanging out on board, cocktails on the poop deck, lots of birthday cake. Frankie (aged 1) loved feeding the ducks and the playgrounds at Mytholmroyd & Hebden. Clog museum & antiques emporium top visits!"" - Miss Hinde, Sussex

    "We enjoyed meeting the people who live on the waterways. They were so friendly and helpful. They recognised the Shire boats and told us we were lucky to use such a reliable company who upkeep their boats." - Mrs Lynn, Stafford

    "Lovely scenery, very friendly people, nice pubs & saw steam train at Brighouse, lots of birds seen." - Mr Love, Stafford

    "Fantastic scenery from Foulridge to Bingley. Enjoyed looking round Skipton - recommend wooly Sheep." - Mr Luckhurst, Gloucester

    "Canal people - both holidaymakers & residents universally friendly & helpful, sharing tales & advice. Lots of walks with dogs - main ones being Hebden Bridge & Heptonstall & Pennione Way from Bridge 21." - Mr Norton, Norfolk

    "We've had a really enjoyable week with high quality service & advice from Shire Cruisers - we'd certainly use you again." - Mr Bennett, Gloucester

    "Wonderful scenery. Beautiful trees. Hebden Bridge - quirky and interesting." - Mr Ockenden, Devon

    "Beautiful as we come from the concrete jungle. People very kind, pubs good. Variety of animals just wonderful." - Mr Bartlett, Warwick

    "Everything we expected, and more! You even sorted the weather out for us!" - Mrs Ackerman, Norfolk

    Food & drink


    "Enjoyed lovely meals at the Dusty Miller, Il Mulino and the Crown fish and chip shop in Hebden Bridge.." - Mrs Waddell, Norfolk

    "Stubbing Wharf pub excellent for food. we had the best laughs ever!" - Ms O'Hanlon, Norfolk

    "Excellent meal White Lion in Hebden Bridge." - Mr Bradley, Cornwall

    "Dusty Miller - food good. Hebden Bridge - Il Milino Italian excellent. Thai restaurant good.Canal Se." - Mr Clinch, Norfolk

    "There is a really nice pie shop in Mytholmroyd which had great gluten free pies." - Mrs Lynn, Stafford

    "Stubbing Wharf: excellent. Masons Arms Todmorden - good pint." - Mr Ockenden, Devon

    "Nice pub The Masons Arms Lock 24 - how a good pub should be." - Mr Betts, Cambridge

    "Shoulder of Mutton pub and Stubbing Wharf pub serve excellent food and beer." - Mr Sarchett, Leicester




    "Response when we grounded was very good." - Mrs Brundell, Oxford

    "In all, superb. It's not very common nowadays to get genuine, friendly and helpful service, yet we got all 3 from Shire Cruisers. 10/10." - Mrs Ackerman, Norfolk

    "Co-ordination of end of trip transport was very good." - Mrs Peters, Dorset


    Information Pack


    "Very helpful & informative. Pleased we had chance before we arrived to have some knowledge of canal & boats.)." - Mr Punchard, Oxford

    "Very informative - helped us with initial tasks needed to get going! The DVD was very good and practical. Information covered everything!" - Mr Jeffrey, Norfolk

    "Particularly useful preparing the children regarding safety / how locks work." - Mr Harding, Sussex

    "Good. Handy hints on locks and boat safety good. Good information about places to stay." - Mrs Brundell, Oxford




    "Colin was absolutely fantastic. He was very detailed in explaining & showing us everything on the boat & the locks. (Through his experience we were able to pass good advice to other boat users.)" - Mrs Mongan, Westmorland

    "Excellent, best handover we have experienced." - Mr Love, Stafford

    "Very good. our congratulations to Colin and his crew." - Mr Bartlett, Warwick

    "Excellent briefing. Josh was awesome." - Mrs Doyle, Oxford

    "Simon was brilliant. Learnt a lot from him in a short time." - Ms O'Hanlon, Norfolk

    "The briefing was informative but the hands-on session by the young gentleman (Josh) was excellent. He was very friendly, helpful and patient. Put us more at ease at the tiller." - Mr Jeffrey, Norfolk

    "Excellent briefing, staff on board for locks v good. Had virtually no briefing on previous canal holiday (our first) in midlands." - Mr Norton, Norfolk


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Boat Name Berths Route Type
Devon 2 Short Break
Oxford 2 Short Break
Cambridge 2 Short Break
Norfolk 2 + 2 Short Break
Leicester 4 + 2 Short Break
Hereford 4 + 1 Short Break
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
Buckingham 4 + 2 Out & Back
Warwick 2 + 1 Leeds & Liverpool
Somerset 4 + 2 Leeds & Liverpool
Dorset 4 + 2 One way
Gloucester 4 + 2 One way
Cornwall 4 + 2 One way