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Shire Cruisers reviews 2019

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  • Experience - Sowerby Bridge start

    "Plenty of places and things to do off the boat or stay on boat and admire the view." - Anne Helps, Cambridge

    "Scenery very nice. Lots of walkers, bikers, friendly people. Evening meal at the Colliers. Music & dancing at Brighouse Basin. Musical entertainment on board with live artists." - Ron Plant, Northumberland

    "Fantastic. Friendly people helped us with the locks. Hebden Bridge craft market was fab." - Debbie Fletcher, Lincoln

    "We loved the nature around us, the towns had everything we needed." - Stead family, Buckingham

    "Scenery spectacular. Loved the old mills, canal side gardens, renovated properties, bird life, views across the valley and houses perched on hillsides. Excellent trip. Thank You." - McDonough, Oxford

    "Scenery to Todmorden quintessentially English." - A. Keenleyside, Cornwall

    "Scenery was fantastic. People were friendly. Pubs were dog-friendly. Took train to Todmrden from Hebden Bridge - excellent & cheap." - Mr & Mrs Barnes, Stafford

    "Gentle relaxed cruise, no rush." - Katie, Oxford

    "Took dogs along some of Pennine Way. Saw some wonderful gardens." - Alan Day, Hereford

    "(Standedge) Tunnel was amazing experience. All the folk we met were very friendly and helpful. The scenery was very pleasant throughout and central Manchester unrecognisable from my last visit 30+ years ago." - Walker, Northumberland

    "People nice and helpful. Lots of pubs, OK." - Carlander, Worcester (Sweden)

    "Superb route, lovely views, lovely people, good pubs." - Hebden, Northumberland

    "Delightfully quiet and attractive scenery." - Dutson, Worcester

    "Lots of wild life, ducks, herons, geese, swans, kingfishers, green woodpecker, even otters!!" - Phipps, Sussex

    "Very quiet - did not come across any traffic other than Lock 28 to Hebden Bridge. Enjoyed the scenery, heritage, mills etc. Friendly local people. Liked Hebden & Todmorden." - Cook, Oxford

    "All the people have been so so friendly. Scenery beautiful. Most pubs fab. Hebden Bridge is absolutely Great." - Gillian W, Stafford

    "Lovely pubs, dog friendly, & nice food. Amazing weather & parade in Hebden Bridge." - Helen Spencer, Oxford

    "Green and beautiful. Herons, ducklings, Handmade Parade at Hebden was unexpected." - McGowans, Devon

    "The highlight for the kids was feeding the wild life. We brought plenty of oats & birdseed. The Cromwell Nature reserve was a surprise bonus. The playground at Salterhebble was also fun. We hadn't realised that a 'navigation' included rivers. The rivers were some of the best bits as they were so quiet." - Muirhead, Westmorland

    "Perfect, met lots of families with children who were fascinated and wanting to help, everyone was super friendly." - Deb & Keith, Devon

    "Hardcastle Crags, Heptonstall & Hebden Bridge were the highlights." - W, Devon

    Experience - Barnoldswick start

    "We liked the changing landscape - the wide views of the Pennines and Aire Valley; the leafy woodlands; the stone-built towns and villages and the historic features of trhe canal construction." - Paul & Stephanie, Norfolk

    "Beautiful weather always a great start. Wildlife included seeing heron, deer, squirrels, young ducks & gees & swans, gaggle of Canadian geese (31) all swimming in line." - Jon Spence, Cambridge

    "I’ve just returned to work today after a wonderful weekend on one of your boats out of Barnoldswick. Me and my brother took our parents to celebrate their 80th birthdays. None of us had been on a narrow boat before and we all ended up asking ourselves the same question - ‘why on earth have we never done this before ?!‘." - Andrew Mounter, Rutland

    "Incredibly picturesque; friendly people along the way, very helpful lock keepers; lovely scenery in which to go running! Many swans, which we don't have back home!" - Hill Family, Norfolk (South Africa)

    Experience - One way trips

    "The scenery lush & green. People all very friendly." - Akehurst, Dorset

    "Very interesting locks - many differences from those we are used to in the Midlands. People were very kind and welcoming, and scenery wonderful. Lots of lovely wildlife. Had great day in Skipton, took a trip on the Settle & Carlisle railway, & a day on the Worth Valley Railway." - Woodall, Dorset

    "Very positive experience. Standege Tunnel a particular highlight & the CRT guide was helpful & good company. Enjoyed the variety of different lock systems and being on river. ☺" - Mo Murray, Cornwall

    "Lots of help from other people at locks etc. Route very attractive." - Watson, Dorset

    Experience - Rings

    "Scenery - overall very interesting and varied. Favourite sections were the summits of the Huddersfield and of the Rochdale, and our favourite places were Marsden and Todmorden, and Uppermill and Hebden Bridge. Met some friendly folk on and off the water." - Olley, Lincoln

    "Lovely scenery in Yorkshire/Lancashire country. Great, helpful friendly people. Welcoming pubs - usually dog friendly." - Coad, Hereford

    "Glorious countryside. Loved the industrial / post industrial landscape of Greater Manchester." - Waters, Buckingham

    Food & drink

    "At Luddenden Foot a new Indian is opening up - se we had free food at the pub!" - Debbie Fletcher, Lincoln

    "Nice food at Cross Keys pub. Nice curry in Skipton." - Eric, Somerset

    "'The Pub' in Todmorden a gem with great real ale & atmosphere." - Balding, Buckingham

    "Recommend the 'Railway' pub in Cavendish St, Skipton. 100m from visitor moorings at Bridge 179. Excellent food & good beer. Friendly service." - Farr, Rutland

    "The Riverhead in Marsden - fabulous." - Olley, Lincoln

    "Ate at The Weavers, Luddenden Foot - excellent meal. Very reasonable price. Very hospitable landlord - treated us like royalty (birthday) Friday. Sat ate at Rim Nam Thai Restaurant, Hebden Bridge - v. good but need to book. Coffee where we moored - Café on the Wharf - above Black Pit Lock - newcomers, and keen to please. Quayside position, very nice in the sun. Final night, Sowerby Bridge - Syhiba. Excellent again." - McDonough, Oxford

    "Anchor Inn serves very tasty food, well worth advising a visit." - Jon Spence, Cambridge

    "The Waggon Inn at Uppermill was very accommodating on a Saturday night." - Helen Murray, Worcester

    "Great food at Shoulder of Mutton @ Mytholmroyd & The Olive Branch (Hebden Bridge)." - Heather Heard, Hereford

    "Lovely pub in Hebden, Stubbing Wharf." - Katie, Oxford

    "'The Weavers' - L. Foot. Thai meal Hebden. W/spoons in Tod. White Lion - Hebden - all excellent!" - Alan Day, Hereford

    "Fish & chips in Skipton Bizzie Lizzies. Went there about 20 years ago. Fabulous chinese at Horbury about 10 mins from canal. Don't order too much it's huge." - Akehurst, Dorset

    "Fox & Goose Pub - Co-op." - Gillian W, Stafford

    "Great curry in Slaithwaite. Good pub meal at the Waggoner." - Hill Family, Norfolk (South Africa)

    "'Navigation' is a good pub @ Sowerby.Bakery at Slaithwaite a must!;" - Mo Murray, Cornwall

    "Local pubs very welcoming especially Cross Keys where food was outstanding and salted caramel cheesecake was to die for! Also New Inn at Foulridge - delicious Hunter's ribs and welcoming hostess. " - Mr & Mrs Milburn, Rutland

    "Excellent Thai restaurant in Hebden Bridge." - Nichols, Sussex

    "we loved our stop at the Colliers Arms." - Deb & Keith, Devon

    "Great food at Stubbing Wharf." - W, Devon

    The boats

    "Layout perfect, well equipped, condition good." - Ron Plant, Northumberland

    "We are fans!" - Andy Bain, Cornwall

    "Fab - had everything we needed. Great layout, great condition. Amazing shower! Surprisingly comfy beds." - Debbie Fletcher, Lincoln

    "Very comfortable and cosy." - Stead family, Buckingham

    "We liked the storage facilities provided. We liked the semi-traditional stern with its seating." - Paul & Stephanie, Norfolk

    "Boat excellent." - Eric, Somerset

    "Layout and equipment was perfect." - Mick & Sandra Dawson, Norfolk

    "Generally excellent. The toilet and shower are the best of any of the 7 or 8 boats we have hired." - The Olleys, Lincoln

    "Very good layout, comfortable bed, all clean and in working order, well equipped." - Rachel Dewhirst, Dorset

    "First class - everything has been thought about - and provided." - McDonough, Oxford

    "Layout good. Particularly like the multi-coloured mugs - good size & colour coded for individual preference." - Sarah Totterdell, Buckingham

    "Heating in barge fantastic." - Jon Spence, Cambridge

    "Very happy with the boat and everything on it." - Mr & Mrs Barnes, Stafford

    "Nice quality fit out & sturdy nice looking boat & paint job." - Katie, Oxford

    "Couldn't fault it. Everything we needed. Resorted to heating on last day, cold & wet. Dry and warm in no time!" - Alan Day, Hereford

    "All worked well. Comfortable." - Walker, Northumberland

    "Boat lovely, beds comfy." - Akehurst, Dorset

    "Excellent - everything we needed." - Hebden, Northumberland

    "Fabulous shower which is needed after locking all day in the rain!! Very comfortable and just the right length for novices, & manoevrable." - Martin & Liz Whenmouth, Suffolk (New Zealand)

    "Very well equipped, in great condition." - Phipps, Sussex

    "Layout of Buckingham is great, shower cubicle very nice, all equipment good." - Ward, Buckingham

    "Great boat, clean, good layout and fittings and utensils good. Comfy bed." - Cook, Oxford

    "Fab, had everything we needed. Very comfortable." - Helen Spencer, Oxford

    "Just the right size for us. Bed comfy." - McGowans, Devon

    "Very impressed - all 7 of us had a large drawer for our clothes, plus plenty of storage space in kitchen & bathroom." - Muirhead, Westmorland

    "Devon, perfect for 2 persons, easy to manoeuvre, lovely layout and very comfortable and clean." - Deb & Keith, Devon

    Service

    "A big Thankyou to Everyone at Shire Cruisers for a very enjoyable Holiday." - Anne Helps, Cambridge

    "CRT guys have been brilliant especially cruise into Liverpool and getting us up the 'Ashton 18'." - Andy Bain, Cornwall

    "We needed replacement heating pump. Dealt with very well. We agreed that all staff had been pleasant, helpful and professional. Shire Cruisers are fortunate to have them." - Smith, Sussex

    "Very helpful at each end of holiday. Canal & River Trust staff very helpful at the Bingley locks." - Rachel Dewhirst, Dorset

    "Nigel 'the lock keeper' (Bank Newton) very helpful & informative." - Shelley, Cambridge

    "Excellent! In fact: lockcellent! Thank you." - Alan Day, Hereford

    "Called once to find out how high the river was running. Susan rang back as soon as she confirmed our needs." - Akehurst, Dorset

    "Love the service at the basin." - Phipps, Sussex

    "You have all been so helpful, calm, reassuring and a pleasure to have." - Giilan W, Stafford

    "Lovely friendly & helpful." - Helen Spencer, Oxford

    "Really helpful & friendly. Thank you." - McGowans, Devon

    "We needed a replacement childs lifejacket which was quickly delivered." - Muirhead, Westmorland

    Information Pack

    "Very clear & useful." - Ron Plant, Northumberland

    "Very useful - we watched the DVD, a lot to take in but helped." - Debbie Fletcher, Lincoln

    "Good as it explained where we were going and what there was to do nearby." - Stead family, Buckingham

    "Exceptionally comprehensive & useful." - Farr, Rutland

    "Excellent. Very informative. Very slick operation and user friendly." - McDonough, Oxford

    "Very good information, well presented. Best I've ever had from 9 different companies I've booked with." - A. Keenleyside, Cornwall

    "Excellent in every aspect." - Robertson, Suffolk

    "Very good, including help on phone before out trip." - Dutson, Worcester

    "Excellent. We also got lots of useful info and activity sheets for the kids on the CRT website." - Muirhead, Westmorland

    "Excellent and beautifully written. ☺" - Bayes/Salmon, Devon

    Handover

    "Will was extremely professional and very helpful. Explained everything we needed to know and more!!" - Anne Helps, Cambridge

    "11/10." - Andy Bain, Cornwall

    "Very well, because we understood how to use the boat and open the locks." - Stead family, Buckingham

    " The Handover was comprehensive. Sam gave a comprehensive briefing about the boat and a comprehensive practical training session at the locks." - Paul & Stephanie, Norfolk

    "Boat (by Sam) spot on - very helpful, covered it all." - Jon Spence, Cambridge

    "Brian was very good at explaining everything, friendly and professional." - Mr & Mrs Barnes, Stafford

    "Very ggod - felt confident when you left us." - Heather Heard, Hereford

    "Excellent briefing. James brilliant. Also young man who steered us back into Basin!" - Alan Day, Hereford

    "Very good. Sam was very informative and helpful." - Akehurst, Dorset

    "Very good. Josh was fantastic." - Gillian W, Stafford

    "Excellent. Dave was very helpful." - Muirhead, Westmorland

    "EXCELLENT! Felt very confident and at ease about operating the boat, locks, swing bridges etc. Thank you. ☺" - Hill Family, Norfolk (South Africa)

    "Will communicated brilliantly, special thanks to him. ☺" - Bayes/Salmon, Devon

    "Sam who taught us how to use the locks was very friendly and efficient." - Mr & Mrs Milburn, Rutland

    "Wonderful. Thank you to Will for his patience & expertise." - Deb & Keith, Devon

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Boats

Boat Name Berths Route Type
Devon 2 Short Break
Oxford 2 Short Break
Lincoln 2 + 1 Short Break
Suffolk 2 + 2 Short Break
York 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
Rutland 4 + 2 Leeds & Liverpool
Somerset 4 + 2 Leeds & Liverpool
Gloucester 6 + 2 Leeds & Liverpool
Dorset 4 + 2 One way
Cornwall 4 + 2 One way