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Boat Holidays in Yorkshire for first-timers

Until mid-2016, short breaks will be available from Sowerby Bridge and Barnoldswick. Week and longer holidays will be available from Barnoldswick and Ashton.


Yorkshire canal mapBoat holidays in Yorkshire are a fantastic way of slowing down, and immersing yourself in the Yorkshire scenery. Meet all sorts of interesting people along the canal. If you walk along the pavement in a normal town, you don't often strike up a conversation with those you meet, but on the towpath everything is different.

Locals will tell you where the good pubs and shops are. Boaters will tell you about mooring spots, or give you a hand at the locks. Everything is more relaxed and human.

Your boat is well designed, built and maintained (all by us) and has everything you need, with shower, well-equipped kitchen, TV and DVD.

Your cruising routes include all the best Yorkdhire canals and rivers, including the Rochdale Canal as it climbs into the Pennines.

This site is divided into holidays for everyone, and more demanding holidays for experienced boaters. If this is your first time, pick one of the holidays for everyone and ignore the rest. Or look on our site dedicated to first time boaters on the Yorkshire canals.

Check availability

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

Choose a route: Starting when? How long for? Which day of the week? How many people (inc. infants)?

Weekend breaks from
Sowerby Bridge

Forget your frantic normal life as you concentrate on suddenly-important things such as which pub to have lunch at.
From 1pm Friday to 9am Monday.


Midweek breaks from
Sowerby Bridge

Enter the secret world of the waterways. you climb through stunning scenery and stop in pretty towns.
From 1pm Monday to 9am Friday


Weeks from
Sowerby Bridge

Explore the Calder Valley, with welcoming pubs, stunning scenery, stone-built towns and friendly people.
Starting Friday, Saturday or Monday 1pm


Longer trips from Sowerby Bridge

In 10 days or a fortnight, you can see much more of the Yorkshire waterways. Roam further afield - or simply unwind.
Starting Friday, Saturday or Monday


Short breaks from Barnoldswick

Relax on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, all sheep and stone walls.
From 1pm Friday to 9am Monday, or 1pm Monday to 9am Friday


Weeks from Barnoldswick

Relax in glorious scenery, visit Skipton, with its romantic castle and thriving market, or go as far as the Bingley 5 Rise.
Starting Friday or Monday 1pm


Plus, for experienced boaters...

See our full range of routes, including rings, one way trips and other challenging routes for experienced boaters.