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Canal Holidays in Yorkshire for experienced boaters

First time afloat? See our boating holidays for everyone.

Yorkshire canal mapCanal holidays for experienced boaters don't come more enticing than with Shire Cruisers. If it's in the north, and it's navigable we can get you there.

Our famous one way trips are epic journeys through ever-changing Pennine scenery, with a well-tried system for reuniting you with your car.

We can also get you to some distant destinations unfrequented by hire boats but well worth the journey. Sheffield, for example, may not sound a holiday destination to conjure with, but it gets some of our most enthusiastic reviews.

As well as our more demanding routes, we also of course offer our full range of Routes for Everyone, ranging from slow-boating short breaks to lazy three-week holidays to nowhere in particular.

It's your holiday: we'll help you make it just as you want. Both before and after you book, we'll give you all the help you need. Email us now, or call +44 (1) 422 832712.

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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


One way trips

Experienced boaters love our trips across the Pennines by any of the three trans-Pennine canals - return by minibus. We are the one-way specialists.



Three unforgettable canal journeys for enthusiasts, each crossing the Pennines twice - from 11 days to 3 weeks.
Starting in Sowerby Bridge or Barnoldswick.


Adventure holidays

Sheffield, Goole, York, Liverpool - if you know your canals, you'll know that these are amazing destinations. If your crew are really serious boaters, we can get you there.