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Shire Cruisers reviews 2016

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    "Superb views from Peak Forest Canal to Buxworth Basin. Everyone pleased to chat with you and very friendly." - Mr Howes, Stafford

    "Between East Marton and Bank Newton is gorgeous - long twists and turns, with valley views and wildlife. Great lock tenders at Bingley, helpful, informative and just interesting people! As always, met other boaters at locks and swing bridges to share stories." - Mr Ingraham, Worcester

    "Pubs, shops, walks and very friendly people." - The Grahams, Hereford

    "We had a great time. Scenery was amazing and we met some lovely people." - Mr Patel, Cambridge

    "It snowed! All four seasons in one day (well it was March) but stunning scenery, friendly natives, very good pubs. Skipton is lovely. A lovely warm welcome at Holy Trinity Church (next to the castle) on Easter Sunday." - Mrs Morley, Somerset

    "Fantastic weekend, great camaraderie with other crews, mastered locks, lovely scenery with good weather most of time." - Mr Kellett, Leicester

    "A mixture of enjoyable hard work interspersed with a couple of easy days with a good mix of scenery & history. Overall a brilliant week. Thanks!" - Mr Ward, Cornwall

    "Walk to Haworth & bus back - highly recommended. Walked on moors south of Hebden Bridge." - Mrs Wardle, Oxford

    "Nice to see spring emerging with the trees coming into leaf, lambs in fields etc. Friendly chats with people at locks. Visited the little museum at the Trading Post and the museum at Portland Basin." - Mr Buckley, Huntingdon

    "Met lovely people - lots chats! Scenery very enjoyable. Experienced the tunnel - good guide and CRT staff. Interviewed for 'Look North' after exiting the tunnel. Prefer to moor up, cook for ourselves & enjoy the peace & views." - Mr Beningfield, Cornwall

    "The most wonderful experience to wake up at Luddenden Foot with highland cattle one side, a heronry the other and geese flying overhead. Magical." - Mr & Mrs Read, Oxford

    "4 seasons in 1 day!! Lovely scenery, very quiet canal." - Mr Lane, Dorset

    "Magnificent scenery, friendly & helpful people (particularly with swing bridges!)." - Mr & Mrs Marshall, Norfolk

    "Anne & I would just like to advise that we had a great few days on the canal (being our first time narrow boating).
    Your staff are excellent and in particular we would like to especially praise Sam & Geoff who we got to know a little over the days on the canal.
    They are great ambassadors for your company, very friendly and helpful.
    Well done! "
    - Mr & Mrs Penny, Somerset

    "Hi - just had a great weekend on the Norfolk - we all enjoyed - thanks for the boat which was brilliant & for the staff who showed us the ropes and who were so friendly. Will be back soon - kind regards " - Mr Deakin, Norfolk

    "Wonderful! Loved every minute. Scenery was beautiful and we met some lovely people. Boating camaraderie was lovely and so helpful to us novices. Recommended stops were good (Craven Heifer, Cross Keys, Masons Arms)." - Mr & Mrs Oakley, Cambridge

    "We had a wonderful four days trying something new are now committed narrow boat enthusiasts. Many thanks for your helpful documentation particularly the Pub recommendations! Can we particularly mention Sam in Barnoldswick who was really helpful to us novices." - Mr & Mrs Rudd, Somerset

    "Lovely quiet canal, little traffic. Saw lots of ducks/ducklings & geese/goslings & heron. Ate out at Hebden Bridge, otherwise stayed on board." - Mr Sturdy, Westmorland

    "Scenery was beautiful, fellow boaters very friendly. Very nice pub between Bridges 19 & 20. Excellent food." - Mrs Sullman, Buckingham

    "Variety of industrial scenery & beautiful valley scenery. Some excellent walks in every direction. Thai restaurant at HB wharf is recommended." - Mr Judge, Devon

    "Had a fab meal at Stubbing Wharf. Scenery excellent. Had a fabulous week - can't believe how we became used to it so quickly. Your team were great with us, and couldn't have been more helpful." - Mr & Mrs Middlemiss, Oxford

    "Scenery: particularly enjoyed Kirklees Cut. Enjoyed seeing herons, kingfishers, bats (with bat detector). Interesting aqueduct at Stanley Ferry, good turning point." - Helen Ketteridge, Worcester

    "We got to see some lovely countryside. Your staff at Barnoldswick were excellent. Young Sam the man made the start up education a pleasure. You have a good crew there and we will be back." - Kent Peter Duncan and the dog

    "Brilliant - Great, will be booking again." - Mrs Rothwell, Suffolk

    "We slept well, tired after opening and closing locks & fresh air." - Mrs errington, Norfolk

    Food & drink

    "Lovely meal at the Navigation Inn, Buxworth." - Mr Howes, Stafford

    "Cross Keys - lovely food & staff.
    Old Swan Inn - Sports TV so we could watch the match!"
    - Mr Young, Norfolk

    "Cross Keys East Marton - superb food. Also ate at the Lychee Chinese Restaurant in Skipton - excellent food & service (by Bridge 199A - Pinder Bridge) - also does takeaways. Highly recommended: Thursday quiz night at the The Anchor in Salterforth. Good pub grub. Very friendly locals. Also a very dog friendly pub." - Mrs Morley, Somerset

    "Great local pubs (Cross Keys / Masons Arms / Anchor Inn Salterforth)." - Mr Kellett, Leicester

    "Uppermill (before Lock 21W) - book to eat in The Waggon! Stalybridge: recommend Station Buffet for a good pint. Marple: good food at Ring of Bells but note none after 7.45! Windmill, Whiteley Bridge near Bollington, Bridge 25: food excellent & filling!" - Mr Ward, Cornwall

    "Excellent meal at Sutton Hall." - Mr Buckley, Huntingdon

    "Weavers Pub very good. White Lion very very good. The Village very good." - Mr Hazelwood, Hereford

    "Great Steak & Kidney Pudding at Masons Arms, Gargrave." - Mr & Mrs Marshall, Norfolk

    "Ate at Capri at Broad Cut, which was excellent. Ephesus at Rodley was excellent. Masons arms at gargrave was good. Fountains Inn Barnoldswick was very good." - Mr & Mr Rayfield, Dorset

    "The Riverhead Pub in Marsden - lovely food. Stalybridge Wetherspoons & The Station Buffet Bar Platform 1 (quiz on Mondays!). Duke of York Romiley. Navigation Inn Buxworth. All recommended. " - Tucker family, Cornwall

    "1st night - Weavers Pub, Luddenden Foot - very good food. Hebden Bridge - Thai Restaurant - excellent." - Kennedy/Lidgate, Rutland

    "Excellent in all areas! Enjoyed Miners Arms (Fourlane-Ends, Mac'd), Pinnocchios Rest (Stalybridge), Sutton Hall (By Bridge 43, Mac'd)." - Mr & Mrs Oakley, Cambridge

    "The nicest pub we found was the Anchor Inn between Barnoldswick and Foulridge. The atmosphere is excellent and the beers and ales are well kept. Food was good so 9/10 from us." - Mr Tickle, Somerset

    "Caddyshack pub at Elland to be recommended. Hebden Bridge was buzzing. had 2 BBQs on towpath - weather beautiful." - Mrs Anderson, Huntingdon

    "Dusty Miller - Mytholmroyd Fri Night good for a drink. Old Gate Bar Hebden Bridge excellent Sat lunch." - Gary, Sussex

    "Hansas Restaurant in Leeds, Anchor at Allerton Bywater & Victorian craft ale house Halifax stand out." - Mr Sullivan, Somerset


    "David was so kind helping us to unload the car." - Mr Howes, Stafford

    "We needed service to our inverter batteries, and you were very prompt in locating where we were and swapping out equipment. Many thanks." - Mr Ingraham, Worcester

    "Nigel was very helpful when we needed assistance with brolly caught in prop." - Miss Davies, Huntingdon

    "V. helpful, friendly & informative." - Mrs Wardle, Oxford

    "Very caring service prior to our holiday. Excellent communication throughout. Felt you genuinely cared we had a great holiday. Your organisational abilities are second to none & you should be congratulated." - Mrs Jenkins, Huntingdon

    "The CRT personnel were friendly and helpful." - Mr & Mrs Oakley, Cambridge

    "Superb! Everything thought of, great boat, fantastic holiday ☺." - Mr Pullin, Oxford

    "Very helpful - especially in planning detail of route (with several timed sections e.g. Wigan flight, Liverpool link)." - Mr Glover, Somerset

    "You were very helpful indeed when we requested extra bedding, which you brought to us on our second evening - this was very much appreciated." - Helen Ketteridge, Worcester

    "Very helpful. Thanks very much Susan for transporting our crew." - Mrs Dykes, Westmorland

    "The team was fantastic! Sam was great and very accommodating when we had a problem with the boat. Dave turned up to help and was also great. We would highly recommend this company due to the great team and customer service!" - Sherene, Norfolk

    "On a practical note, the mini hairdryer is brilliant. Usually a complimentary one just huffs at your hair but this one was fast and furious!" - Mrs Vincent, Suffolk

    "Paula was lovely during the induction." - Mr Dyer, Devon

    "Billy (CRT) was brilliant this morning! He took us through the final locks." - Mrs Bailey, Suffolk

    Information Pack

    "All of the packs you sent were extremely informative, more than any other narrowboat company that I have used before." - Mr Howes, Stafford

    "It was a very good refresher package. CD was good. I also think the info book on the boat is beautifully comprehensive and well organised!" - Mr Ingraham, Worcester

    "Very useful - a lot to take in but made sense when we arrived." - The Grahams, Hereford

    "Very useful. Well written and informative. Also a good range of info in the pack on the boat - things to do, menus etc." - Mrs Morley, Somerset

    "All the information provided was comprehensive, useful & informative." - Mr Ward, Cornwall

    "Good information. Very good for first time users. Specific information for Ashton-Huddersfield trip useful and relevant." - Mr Beningfield, Cornwall

    "Very good - DVD is great for novices as you know what boating is about before you arrive. Lots of useful lock details and info." - Kennedy/Lidgate, Rutland

    "V.G. - No even better - EXCELLENT!!" - Mr Glover, Somerset

    "Everything you ever needed to know about narrowboating." - Mr Judge, Devon

    "Very useful in particular DVD about boating. Booklets very helpful in planning your day." - Mrs Harrison, Oxford

    "Always good - it makes us so excited when it arrives because then it's not long to go until boating time." - Steph, Norfolk


    "David provided an excellent handover service and answered all the questions we had." - Mr Howes, Stafford

    "Sam was excellent." - Mr Anderton, Oxford

    "Very good briefing - and the locks do need to be explained, as there are different elements from any other canal." - Mr Ingraham, Worcester

    "Fantastic handover and staff, especially Josh - he was a star! Gave us the confidence and reassurance we needed at the beginning of our trip." - The Grahams, Hereford

    "Dave did an excellent job." - Mr Patel, Cambridge

    "The handover staff recognised our experience and tailored the instruction accordingly." - Mrs Morley, Somerset

    "Excellent: thorough, informative & friendly." - Mr Ward, Cornwall

    "Sam was excellent." - Mr & Mrs Read, Oxford

    "Very thorough briefing. Thank you. This made us more confident and comfortable about travelling the canal." - Sandra, Buckingham

    "Really good - information about locks was very useful and details about the boat were very thorough. Staff were extremely helpful and very friendly." - Mr Ford, Hereford

    "Very well done by Brian." - Mr Gallacher, Norfolk

    "Handover was pitched perfectly, with all information given in a timely manner." - Mr Smith, Stafford

    "Handover was friendly, informative and helpful. Good safety advice and demonstrations." - Mr & Mrs Oakley, Cambridge

    "VERY good handover, Very knowledgeable staff. Thank you. ☺" - Kennedy/Lidgate, Rutland

    "The best and most comprehensive, no timewasting at the dock before departure!" - Mr & Mrs Nuttall, Dorset

    "Excellent, in particular Josh." - Mr & Mrs Gannon, Hereford

    "David looked after us very well." - Mr Hipperson, Cornwall

    "Simon did an excellent job - good instructor." - Bill & Julia, Suffolk

    "Our instructor (Josh) was knowledgeable and added to the whole experience. Would highly recommend him." - Mrs Foster, Rutland

    "Great! And in French." - Sig. Scarlino, Warwick (Switzerland)

    "2 young men very informative & nice with our 2 grandchildren." - Mrs Anderson, Huntingdon

    "Very good. Hadn't had a 'hands-on' lock demo on any other canal holidays. Handover wasn't rushed & was thorough." - Mr Morgan, Oxford

    "Stan was a Gem." - Mrs Kemp, Worcester

    "Josh was extremely enthusiastic and a patient, understanding teacher." - Mrs Bailey, Suffolk

    "Very good. Paula excellent. Stan very helpful, also excellent." - Mrs Murphy, Devon

    "Good briefing especially being shown the different mechanisms to be encountered." - Mrs Fletcher, Oxford

    "Perfectly balanced for experience we had. Not overdone." - Mr Sullivan, Somerset

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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