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  • Experience - Sowerby Bridge start

    "The scenery, particularly near the summit, is spectacular. We enjoyed stopping at Hebden Bridge and Todmorden and had a good meal at the Waggon & Horses in Walsden." - Thompson, York

    "Fantastic first trip on a canal - very quiet not many other boats travelling in either direction." - Ardagh, Devon

    "Glorious weather, beautiful scenery towards Todmorden (meeting up with family). Nice stroll around Hebden Bridge. Towpath walks for the dog." - Holloway, Lincoln

    "Scenery is stunning and the towns of Todmorden & Hebden Bridge were lovely to visit." - Hover, Gloucester

    "Met a couple who owned their own boat. They were lovely and we went up together from Hebden to the summit. Scenery up to summit beautiful & people friendly" - Murphy, Lincoln

    "Wonderful scenery, hardly any other moving boats, everyone very friendly. Visited where I was a babby in Hebden Bridge, Commercial Street. Enjoyed spring flowers, trees and lots of goslings etc." - Janet, York

    "Scenery was beautiful. Everyone we met along the way were friendly, especially other boat crews. Lots of places to eat along the way." - Farrow, Suffolk

    "Beautiful & varied scenery, amazing industrial heritage engineering. Very friendly local people." - Blakemore, Hereford

    "Lovely. Relaxing. Lots of walks from the boat." - Appleson, Lincoln

    "We had a fabulous time, thank you (despite Yorkshire weather)." - Baker, Dorset

    "Scenery was stunning, the people we met couldn't have been nicer, everybody was willing to help, not just the boaters but local people helped wherever they could. The pubs were very nice and meals excellent, very nice walks etc." - Calvert, Oxford

    "Loved it! Really friendly." - Campbell, York

    "People brilliant, lovely scenery, magnificent industrial archaeology." - Richardson, Buckingham

    "Scenery was gorgeous. People very friendly." - McFadyen, Oxford

    "Lovely route, went into Hebden Bridge for afternoon then back for tea. Shire Cruisers have been good from the moment we booked. We will be back & also will be recommending to everyone. THANK YOU!!!" - Egan, Suffolk

    "VERY FRIENDLY PEOPLE. Felt great camaraderie with other Shire crews, and got friendly with those we shared locks with." - Eaton, Hereford

    "Ted Hughes birthplace & the clog factory." - Audsley, Westmorland

    "Journey to Sheffield excellent." - Bradley, Lincoln

    "Selby well worth a visit with the beautiful Abbey & a superb meal at the Italian Restaurant next to the Abbey! Lots of historic buildings & walks to be taken if time permitting!" - Smith, Suffolk

    "Wonderful experience, stunning views as you leave Sowerby Bridge, friendly helpful people. Runners, cyclists & walkers all say "Hello". Alpaca walking @ Apple Tree Farm was great." - Lawton, Oxford

    "Had a lovely chill time, stopped and looked round Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge." - Hyland, Rutland

    "Met up with Uncle David at Salterhebble. Old friend in Barge & Barrel. Brother & family in Mirfield." - Howard Eccles, Oxford

    "Scenery good. Stayed at Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve, up and on return. Nice moorings, lovely to explore. People very friendly." - Rowse, Worcester

    "Scenery beautiful. Loved all the old stone buildings. We looked around Hebden Bridge & had lovely food in a restaurant & pub. Browsed shops & an antique shop. Lovely!" - Dibbs, Oxford

    "Beautiful scenery, especially westwards. Everyone was very friendly. Hebden Bridge a vibrant town (downloaded a Treasure Trail)." - Walkers & Eyres, Buckingham

    "Beautiful scenery, friendly people. Had good weather. Went fishing several times along the way. Visit clog factory. Walked up Stoodley Pike & Heptonstall. Enjoyed walks around Tod & H/Bridge." - Dacey, Northumberland

    "Amazing scenery all the way up. People friendly & chatty." - Davison, Gloucester

    "Beautiful scenery. Friendly and helpful people. Amazing weather." - Henderson, Rutland

    "We enjoyed exploring Hebden Bridge and shopping in their charity shops. The scenery was beautiful and we loved seeing the ducklings. Other boaters were very helpful and friendly." - Imogen, Buckingham

    "We really enjoyed our barge holiday and found everything on board easy to use and of high quality. Your staff were very helpful before we set off and when we returned." - Brook, York

    "Week of great weather. Mixture of beautiful leafy green stretches & interesting small towns. Friendly fellow boaters!" - Slater, Hereford

    "Great trip, loved every minute!" - McCondach, York

    "Scenery was nice, met lots of friendly people, lots of choice in Hebden really enjoyed the Thai restaurant. Walked round the town." - Stead, Westmorland

    "Pleasant scenery, friendly people - Hebden Bridge was buzzing - good mooring in Hebden Bridge." - Brookfield, Northumberland

    "We thoroughly enjoyed our week - lovely scenery, kingfishers, loads of wildlife. Very friendly people and Stubbing Wharf pub was a particular favourite for food! It’s such a peaceful way to spend days, our only regret is not having done it sooner." - Keenlyside, Devon

    "Scenery was beautiful, people friendly & helpful. Had excellent pork pies from butchers in Hebden Bridge & Brighouse. Went up the Halifax branch then walked up the Hebble Trail into Halifax - well worth it (approx 45m each way)." - Liz, Lincoln

    "Sun dappling through the greenleaved trees was lovely." - Kingston, Worcester

    "Enjoyed Hebden Bridge very much with its quaint & quirky shops. Great pub at Stubbing Wharf. Beautiful countryside through Salterhebble. Elland welcomed us to join a quiz. Great times." - Coyne, Rutland

    "Lovely weather, beautiful route with very few boats, especially last river section to Ferrybridge. Idyllic!" - Howard Griffin, Worcester

    "The ‘girls’ and I would like to thank you and your team for the most enjoyable time we have had. Hope to see you in the future. We might just attempt the ring with the other crew just one more time!!" - Richardson, Northumberland

    "Nice scenery particularly around Todmorden. Lots of people to talk to en route." - Drake, Northumberland

    "Rained most of the time, but it was relaxing, if a bit cold. People were lovely & friendly, pubs excellent for food." - Johnson, Worcester

    "We met a very nice couple who helped us with some of the locks. We walked round Brighouse and had a treat - a nice cream bun." - Bamber, York

    "Lovely autumn scenery. Differs to previous experience - nice mix of country & old industrial. Friendly people - nice town." - Medford, Buckingham

    "Wet - but beautiful and interesting. Everyone friendly and happy to inform about area." - Catcheside, York

    "A very pleasant autumnal experience with lovely scenery. The people (locals/fellow boaters) very welcoming & helpful." - Ian, Cornwall

    "Our first time crewing a narrowboat ourselves. Terrific autumn scenery. Met lots of friendly people including some we shared locks with." - Green, Oxford

    Experience - Barnoldswick

    "We just wanted to let you know that we enjoyed our holiday on Norfolk last week. We were fairly lucky with the weather, only a couple of drenchings and the scenery was lovely. Can you please pass on our special thanks to Sam for his warm welcome and his thorough and professional briefing before we set off. He was very helpful and knowledgeable and gave us some useful tips for our trip. A positive start to our holiday and a friendly face on our return.
    We hope to be your customers again in the future."
    - Doreen & Mick Dawn, Norfolk

    "Beautiful scenery, warm friendly people, helpful especially 2 lockmen between Bank Newton and Gargrave." - Kenny, Cambridge

    "Stunning scenery. Met several other "canal goers" all very friendly. Canal & River Trust people very helpful." - Vincent, Somerset

    "Most scenic canal we have been on. People very friendly." - Crofts, Cambridge

    "An excellent holiday for a week cruising from Barnoldswick to Skipton and back. The training at the start from Geoff was very informative and helped everything run smoothly, from operating the locks to turning the boat. This was a great bonus that is offered by Shire Cruisers. The boat itself was very comfortable with modern toilets and shower. Would definitely hire from Shire Cruisers again and recommend to others highly." - Mc Cullen, Huntingdon

    "Fabulous, beautiful. Gargrave lovely village. Every person we met was helpful, considerate. Great community.
    Amazing. A1. Will be returning."
    - Ogden, Norfolk

    "Scenery, people and places excellent. Excellent Tea Shop in Gargrave. Ice cream at Lock Stop Café, New Inn in Foulridge." - Muirhead, Norfolk

    "Lovely scenery throughout. Friendly people both renting & owning boats and walkers on the towpath." - Jane, Norfolk

    "We had a fabulous weekend thank you, and attach a few photos. Sam did a brilliant job of getting us all set up. Thanks so much for a great trip!" - Goodship, Somerset

    "We have just left Norfolk after a brilliant week on the L and L - such a beautiful stretch of canal. The level of support and tuition that your team give is second to none and we really appreciated both James and Sam. We hope to be back next year - maybe a one way trip this time??" - Gunn, Norfolk

    "We had a very enjoyable trip on Huntingdon, completing our missing section to Riley Green including the Burnley Mile. As expected the crew wanted to do a bit more so we pushed on to Skipton and reversed up the Springs branch.

    I'm attaching a picture in case you don't have one of your boats up there."
    - Bain, Huntingdon

    "Juvenile herons, lots of swans & cygnets, some kingfishers, lots of ducks, geese etc. Scenery & sunsets." - Carlyon, Huntingdon

    Experience - South Pennine Ring

    "We loved the stretches of canal around the two summits. Marsden fish & chips. Summit pub landlady. Peak Forest made a great side trip." - Humphreys, Worcester

    Experience - One Way Trips

    "Canal beautifully green & pleasant even in Ashton. Tame Valley v pretty - we climbed Pots & Pans in Uppermill. The Tunnel - dramatic - a highlight - made it after years of planning. We loved Colne Valley - beautiful. V few other boats - how sad." - Armstrong, Cornwall

    "Widely varied scenery from idyllic countryside through post-industrial through modern regeneration and rundown towns. V. enjoyable." - Leask, Cornwall

    "We had a good experience from beginning to end. The scenery has been spectacular & people very friendly. It was interesting, experiencing the different locks, swingbridges on the Calder & Hebble, Aire & Calder and Leeds & Liverpool." - Griffiths, Dorset

    "Great scenery, CRT volunteers excellent at tunnel and responded promptly when we had problems with lock. Also very helpful & knowledgeable at beginning of H. Narrow. We loved Slaithwaite - pub good (Leg of Mutton) and Marsden and Uppermill. We found the route pleasantly challenging and enjoyed the lack of boats. We mostly stayed inside our cosy boat and enjoyed each others company in the evening." - Kettle, Cornwall

    "Wonderful countryside. Hebden, Saltaire and Gargrave lovely." - David, Dorset

    "Scenery beautiful. A good holiday if hard work." - White, Dorset

    "This was a trip we had wanted to do and sharing it with Isobel and Bill certainly improved the experience. We really appreciated the company and help that travelling together provided and would recommend this to anyone considering this route if they are travelling as a couple. The additional time meant that we were able to stop off and enjoy visiting a couple of places as well. We enjoyed the Wigan flight. By leaving at 08.30 we had done the 21 locks of the flight plus the additional two on the Leigh branch by about 16.30 when we stopped for the night at the moorings in Dover.
    We found sufficient pubs open during the trip for a few meals out including the Rose of Lancaster near Chadderton where we stopped after our long haul out of Manchester.
    We were happy to stay in New Islington for a couple of nights while we stayed in Manchester and were able to make use of their facilities at a price, (£25.00 a night). In order to stay we did have to book ahead as the site manager had to move a boat for us and we needed to breach up during our stay. The last time we stayed at the marina in 2014 the place had fewer boats and was generally under developed with space to moor everywhere and was free to visitors. Now both the number of boats has increased as well as the modern houses and apartments on site. One of their new kit three story houses with virtually no garden costs about £520,000. The site was buzzing during the day and was so much busier with residents and locals although they do lock the outside gate and move one of the bridges to reduce the footfall crossing the site from 20.00 to 07.30/08.00. It was quiet at night.
    In Manchester: Ordsall Hall - a Tudor mansion worth seeing. Wigan flight fun to do "
    - Rawlings, Dorset

    "We visited Astley Green Mining Museum on the Bridgewater Canal - well worth a visit ." - anon

    Food & drink

    "Anchor pub at Gargrave very nice." - anon

    "Anchor Inn at Gargrave & Marquis of Granby at Riddlesden excellent. Hare & Hounds at Foulridge v. good." - Cousins, Cambridge

    "Enjoyed Stubbing Wharf." - Campbell, York

    "Pubs -
    Skipton - Cock & Bottle - great service & food.
    Bar 22 Kildwick - great service & food.
    Boat House Inn Saltaire - great service & food (lunch time)."
    - Vincent, Somerset

    "Stopped in Mirfield and visted the Pear Tree pub. Staff were friendly and the food/drink were also good." - Walker, Hereford

    "Top Greek restaurant in Hebden Bridge - Aya Sophia." - Eaton, Hereford

    "Takeway curry - Luddenden Foot (Just Eat), v. nice.
    The Stubbing Wharf pub - v. good.
    The Moorings - v. good."
    - Audsley, Westmorland

    "Capri - by the canal in Mirfield was good value for money, great food & service. As was Temujin by the boatyard." - Steele, Dorset

    "We went to Capri (Italian) Restaurant, which we recommend, at Horbury. Fish & chips from Wetherby Whaler, at Calder Island. Recommend." - Rowse, Worcester

    "Visited the Victoria Pub in Allerton Bywater and the food was amazing. Also had a lovely meal at the Navigation." - Collery, Rutland

    "We had a lovely lunch at Stubbing Wharf, the food was even delivered to our boat." - Imogen, Buckingham

    "Great places to eat in Skipton." - Jane, Norfolk

    "Ate at Royal King Grill (Dewsbury), Rustico (Wakefield), Meze (Brighouse), Good Karma Coffee House (Brighouse). All highly recommended." - Williamson, Hereford

    "Italian place en route friendly & food very nice." - Wakeford, Devon

    "Stubbing Wharf was a fantastic meal and a great pint." - Halliday, Sussex

    "'Amori' Italian restaurant in Luddenfoot 5 star!" - McCondach, York

    "Had a very good takeaway from the Mediterranean Bistro at Salterhebble." - Smith, Westmorland

    "Enjoyed "Midland Hotel" and "Pear Tree"." - David, Dorset

    "Good meal in the Stubbing Wharf Pub." - Hayward, Hereford

    "Great meal at Capri Horbury Bridge and Navigation in Sowerby Bridge." - Moseley, Lincoln

    "Great meal at Italian (Il Mulino, St Georges Square)." - Brookfield, Northumberland

    "Stubbing Wharf pub is highly recommended." - Dacre, Cornwall

    "Nice pub & café - Honest John Todmorden. Also great bakery. Stubbing Wharf food excellent." - Drake, Northumberland

    "Nice pub - Flower Pot @ Mirfield." - Bond, Devon

    "Ate in apart from 4 Elephants at Foulridge but also had f & cs from Busy Lizzies at Skipton (love them in beer batter) & various ice creams & drinks at Anchor & Foulridge Wharf. " - Carlyon, Huntingdon

    The boats

    "The boat was in excellent condition and had everything we needed for a successful trip." - Thompson, York

    "We loved Devon - felt very manageable for our first time on the canal - very good condition." - Ardagh, devon

    "Excellent layout - felt spacious & lots of storage space. Interior clean & warm." - Holloway, Lincoln

    "The layout of Gloucester worked perfectly for us. The fixed double bed for adults & 3 singles for children enabled the dinette to be left up. Heating was great - nice and cosy. Plenty of storage." - Hover, Gloucester

    "Really like the layout. Shower great. Equipment good. Heating excellent & warmed boat quick when cold." - Murphy, Lincoln

    "Superbly appointed boat, everything required & more. Well prepared." - Wood, Suffolk

    "Excellent - absolutely perfect for the 4 of us and more comfortable than we imagined." - Janet, York

    "Excellent boat. Good layout for what we wanted, with 2 ensuite bathrooms." - Blakemore, Hereford

    "Excellent, clean. Well stocked." - Appleson, Lincoln

    "Great layout. Boat good condition, all equipment you needed, everything thought of." - Kenny, Cambridge

    "Very well planned - good idea sink at the back & good shower. Lovely & warm." - Coates, York

    "Excellent layout. Well equipped, functioned really well." - Humphreys, Worcester

    "Excellent - v. warm & comfortable. Well appointed, good design." - Cousins, Cambridge

    "First class. Very impressed with the hot water and heating. Layout very good and the bed was very comfortable and slept very well. Everything we needed." - Calvert, Oxford

    "Boat was well equipped, very clean, spacious. Great condition." - McFadyen, Oxford

    "The boat was perfect - well stocked kitchen, clean & good layout." - Egan, Suffolk

    "Great! Not missing anything. Very comfortable, lots of storage." - Audsley, Westmorland

    "We have used (two leading companies) and a couple of others and this was the best we have ever had. Brilliant layout and storage." - Bradley, Lincoln

    "Excellent, everything we needed including a very good sized fridge." - Steele, Dorset

    "Just got everything - nothing more you could possibly need." - Howard Eccles, Oxford

    "All good, chairs were comfortable, so was bed." - Dibbs, Oxford

    "Boat was excellent. Layout, equipment and cleanliness." - Glendinning, Lincoln

    "Boat was very clean." - Day, Oxford

    "The boat was spotlessly clean and had all equipment/utensils required for the holiday." - Collery, Rutland

    "Great for weekend with four large blokes." - Ogden, Norfolk

    "Well laid out, great storage space, lovely clean boat. Great oven and shower too." - Henderson, Rutland

    "Excellent - very clean and comfortable." - Muirhead, Norfolk

    "Excellent. The boat felt very spacious and had everything we needed. The layout worked really well. As a family of 4 the boat worked perfectly for us." - Imogen, Buckingham

    "All fine thanks. Just 2 of us so plenty of space & well equipped. All worked fine." - Cormack, Suffolk

    "Comfortable & well equipped." - Martin/Helen, Suffolk

    "Very good! Nice to have a good shower. Pleased that lots of utensils were provided (put tinfoil on to bring list!)." - Keith, York

    "Very pleased - had everything we needed and in very good condition." - Jane, Norfolk

    "Lovely little boat, had everything we needed on it." - Wakeford, Devon

    "Loved the boat. Put together, stocked and maintained with care and thought." - Slater, Hereford

    "Lovely boat. everything you need." - McCondach, York

    "Excellent! 1st class, among the very best ever hired. Layout fine, excellent storage, equipment good, maintenance v. good." - David, Dorset

    "Love the layout. We'd like this again next time." - Stead, Westmorland

    "Boat was great. Well equipped everything worked. Heating & shower great - better than expected. Great use of space." - Moseley, Lincoln

    "Clean - well equipped & loved it." - Bentham, Oxford

    "Clean. Galley equipment first rate - layout fine." - Brookfield, Northumberland

    "Great little boat - everything you could need for a week for two." - Keenlyside, Devon

    "The boat was beautiful with much more sophisticated kitchen and bathroom facilities than we were expecting!" - Goodship, Somerset

    "Very good. Liked the table in the kitchen & the good-sized shower." - Liz, Lincoln

    "Like the 2 toilets. Bed comfortable. Kitchen well stocked." - White, Dorset

    "I think everybody commented on how good the shower was on the boat; a screen really makes the difference." - Bain, Huntingdon

    "Fine & comfortable, met our needs." - Howard Griffin, Worcester

    "We loved the layout of the boat for our party size. We couldn’t get over how the storage and bathroom area had been designed, very clever. I hope the Northumberland will remain in service till we come again!" - Richardson, Northumberland

    "The layout, equipment and condition were perfect." - Dacre, Cornwall

    "Very good - everything we needed. Also very clean." - Bamber, York

    "Impressed with shower & toilet facilities. TV aerial worked well. Heating good. Liked full length piano hinges on doors & feeling of security entrances & exits. All very well presented with lots of loo rolls." - Carlyon, Huntingdon

    "Excellent:- thought 98% v. good." - Catcheside, York

    "Layout was good & highly functional. Homely feel." - Ian, Cornwall

    "Layout is good. Condition good. Had everything we needed." - Green, Oxford


    "Very friendly and helpful especially one man (sorry forgot his name) who even went out of his way to pick us up a loaf on his way to the locks." - anon

    "Susan was very clear and told us everything in the briefing beforehand & Paula on the phone too." - Janet, York

    "Everyone was very helpful & enthusiastic. Fantastic break & already looking forward to coming back soon." - Farrow, Suffolk

    "We needed help when we knocked the tiller out of the cup. And later on, when we ran out of gas Nigel was very responsive and dealt with the problems immediately. Thank you." - Blakemore, Hereford

    "Very good service & communication." - Coates, York

    "You were really helpful & flexible pre-holiday." - Humphreys, Worcester

    "Very helpful. Only needed advice from Nigel to contact CRT about Lock 24 but no other issues, absolutely brilliant! Thanks for a first class holiday and we will be back!" - Calvert, Oxford

    "Website - excellent. Friendly staff at booking." - Egan, Suffolk

    "Fantastic help from the Office throughout. I love the personal touch." - Bradley, Lincoln

    "Very helpful - felt comfortable." - Howard Eccles, Oxford

    "When initially booking and further queries prior to holiday, personal service was excellent." - Glendinning, Lincoln

    "Very helpful with our initial booking. Dave was great taking us through the first 3 locks." - Walkers & Eyres, Buckingham

    "You have all been exceptionally helpful, especially when we lost the wooden prop (handspike) and had an accident causing slight damage to the boat." - Collery, Rutland

    "Thanks ever so much you're a star! The football is very sentimental for my 7 year old son.
    I would also like take this chance to thank the whole team there for a fantastic, unforgettable holiday.
    Everyone we met was helpful and friendly and professional. We will definitely recommend you to friends and family and hope to be back with you again! "
    - Nowell, York

    "Very helpful - Sam was great and we saw two members of staff while out on the canal who were very friendly. Really pleased with helpful volunteers and canal trust employees!" - Jane, Norfolk

    "We had an unfortunate accident in a lock (broken tiller) but it was sorted quickly & without fuss. The emphasis was very much on not letting it spoil our holiday (which was very much appreciated and it really didn't)." - Williamson, Hereford

    "Impressive. Everyone very helpful & friendly." - Wakeford, Devon

    "Friendly, gentle, positive & very supportive." - David, Dorset

    "Thank you to you & your team for a great time!" - Hayward, Hereford

    "Our call for help was answered promptly & good information provided." - Day, Sussex

    "Very helpful. Loss of handspike very quickly sorted. Thank you (especially on a Sunday morning)." - Moseley, Lincoln

    "So nice to meet you again after many many years!" - Bentham, Oxford

    "We did need assistance due to low water level in canal. Prompt arrival of staff - no fuss or bother - customer service excellent." - Brookfield, Northumberland

    "Once again, so many thanks to yourselves and your brilliant team, you all should be truly proud of the service you are providing." - Keenlyside, Devon

    "Your staff are enthusiastic and knowledgeable, as well as very friendly - a good team." - Kenney, Devon

    "We needed assistance twice - easy to contact you, always helpful & friendly from you. James helped us twice - thank you very much." - Drake, Northumberland

    "Helpful friendly service throughout." - Read, Gloucester

    "Welcoming & efficient so we could start out." - Medford, Buckingham

    "Fab! Your help was brilliant - got us out of a worrying moment." - Green, Oxford

    Information Pack

    "Excellent - enjoyed watching film clips. Proved v. useful once we were on our own!" - Ardagh, Devon

    "Information supplied on the boat was very good - and an interesting read." - Holloway, Lincoln

    "Website is excellent with guides that enable preparations." - Hover, Gloucester

    "Exceedingly useful - first time narrowboaters." - Wood, Suffolk

    "Very good, plenty of maps etc." - Kenny, Cambridge

    "Excellent, full of useful information. Could not be faulted! The suggested mooring places were excellent and ensured we arrived at Barnoldswick on time!" - Griffiths, Dorset

    "Lots of information - very informative." - Cormack, Suffolk

    "Really thorough - covered all questions!" - Jane, Norfolk

    "Exceptional pack, every detail included. Very useful and interesting information." - Wakeford, Devon

    "Very helpful. Felt that we knew the basics before arriving. The folder on board is excellent too." - Slater, Hereford

    "Great info and informative CRT video." - McCondach, York

    "Comprehensive and invaluable." - Kettle, Cornwall

    "Used lots, including very good "Boaters Pack". Very relevant, wideranging and very helpful - best preparation I have ever seen." - David, Dorset

    "Route info very useful." - Nesbitt, Dorset

    "Fantastic." - Dacre, Cornwall

    "Very comprehensive." - Read, Gloucester

    "Data pack inc. walks appreciated." - Carlyon, Huntingdon

    "Very informative & accurate. Allowed us to prepare route beforehand." - Medford, Buckingham

    "Very helpful - important for any novices." - Catcheside, York

    "Gave a lot of information on what to take and what to expect." - Cook, Westmorland

    "Very useful - lots of great advice." - Green, Oxford


    "Josh Susan & Paula were all very friendly helpful and v. informative - helped us to feel confident on the waterway." - Ardagh, Devon

    "Good handover regarding the route. Excellent 'talk through' controls, etc. Lovely to be accompanied through the first few locks." - Hollobone, Lincoln

    "James did an excellent handover. Felt very confident after his training." - Murphy, Lincoln

    "Handover was excellent, your man was very helpful." - Jim, Cambridge

    "James was exceptionally instructive & briefed fully." - Wood, Suffolk

    "Josh was absolutely brilliant." - Janet, York

    "Good & comprehensive. Excellent tuition on handling the boat & locks." - Farrow, Suffolk

    "Josh did an excellent job on the boat. Susan gave a great briefing at the start and in the middle." - Blakemore, Hereford

    "Best we have experienced over many years." - Cousins, Cambridge

    "Excellent from start to finish in the handover. James was first class, very helpful and friendly. Had quite a good laugh with him! Very knowledgeable. A credit to your business." - Calvert, Oxford

    "Very professional handover, Brian was an excellent instructor." - McFadyen, Oxford

    "the briefing was good. Our trainer, Josh was brilliant, friendly & informative. Josh is a credit to your company." - Egan, Suffolk

    "10/10 - Josh very helpful & friendly - put us at ease." - Lawton, Oxford

    "Best handover & backing support we've ever had." - Steele, Dorset

    "Lovely people." - Howard Eccles, Oxford

    "Everything was explained very thoroughly and all questions answered." - Collery, Rutland

    "Great handover, very helpful." - Davison, Gloucester

    "Excellent literature but onsite training perfect. Took through first 3 locks!" - Ogden, Norfolk

    "We were experienced anyway but did find the handover helpful with useful & relevant advice & info." - Leask, Cornwall

    "Excellent. Josh was very thorough in his handover and his instruction on how to use the Hebble stick." - Griffiths, Dorset

    "The handover was excellent. We were so impressed with the help and support we got from James our trainer. Taking us through the first two locks was really useful and we all learnt so much." - Imogen, Buckingham

    "V. good (Simon)." - Martin/Helen, Suffolk

    "Chap who took us through the first few locks was very friendly & informative and put us at ease with all the info we had to absorb." - Keith, York

    "Excellent! Sam is really knowledgeable and good at explaining everything to adults & kids." - Jane, Norfolk

    "The young man who showed us the boat was exceptional - enthusiastic & loved his job. This enthusiasm was infectious." - Wakeford, Devon

    "Great. The talk through with Susan was ideal to give us the overall picture. Josh took us out & up the locks and was fantastic - a credit to the company" - Slater, Hereford

    "Really good! Couldn't have done it without you!" - McCondach, York

    "Very informative, nuanced, helpful even to the experienced, covering safety, practical and advisory aspects." - David, Dorset

    "Brian was fantastic." - Stead, Westmorland

    "Susan & Nigel's briefings informative & helpful. Brian & colleagues were particularly helpful with Locks 1-3." - Hayward, Hereford

    "Great instruction from Simon - very thorough & friendly." - Day, Sussex

    "First class instructions and Josh always willing to reinforce information and explain clearly." - Moseley, Lincoln

    "Good - friendly & lots of information given to us that we used & needed. Impressed with your staff, advising us re boat etc." - Bentham, Oxford

    "Informative & concise briefing. Calm demonstration & initial help in leaving Sowerby by staff members - encouraging advice & information - plus instruction." - Brookfield, Northumberland

    "Excellent. We were complete beginners but the briefing and tuition from Simon was fantastic, explaining things in a way that even a complete beginner can understand, and remember! - cheers Simon!" - Keenlyside, Devon

    "Handover/training from Simon was excellent - learnt new stuff." - Liz, Lincoln

    "Everything it needed to be for experienced boaters. Good tuition on how to do the unique locks of the Leeds/Liverpool." - White, Dorset

    "The boat handover given by Brian was excellent. He took his time and was patient." - Honnor, Suffolk

    "Excellent, very thorough and detailed briefing on boat & lock mechanisms. Taking us through first 3 locks was invaluable." - Howard Griffin, Worcester

    "Very thorough, informative & worthwhile." - Nesbitt, Dorset

    "Comprehensive instruction and boat guidance." - Read, Gloucester

    "Very good. Lots of information to help us, and Josh was very helpful and helped with the first three locks." - Bamber, York

    "Very good with sense of humour." - Carlyon, Huntingdon

    "Superb - thank you Simon. Learned few things not known before." - Medford, Buckingham

    "The guys assisting during the introduction gave us a friendly & informative welcome." - Ian, Cornwall

    "Very good. Gave us confidence that we would be able to handle it on our own." - Green, Oxford

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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