Boating Information

Rose Narrowboats Collage

Boating Information

New to Boating

Oxford Canal 6

Our handover procedure is regularly assessed by British Marine assuring you of our high standard of care for all our customers so don’t worry we will go through everything with you and put you at your ease.


Boaters Handbook

Fanfare at Hillmorton Locks

The Boaters Handbook has been put together by the Canal & River Trust who manage the UK canal network. It has been designed to help with your boating experience. It is available as a PDF or Video. The video can be viewed in its entirety or as individual chapters, Setting Off, Handling the Boat, Locks, Bridges & Tunnels and Good Boat Practise.

So if you would like to do some homework before you arrive with us for your boating holiday then check these out.



Overview of a Boat

Fanfare Dining to Galley

These days we are so used to everything being on-hand, as in when you flick a switch you expect a light or appliance to work or when you open a tap you expect water to flow. Obviously, these things still apply on boats but less obvious may be the way things operate, so with this overview we hope it will make things a little clearer.


Useful Information

Foxton Locks, halfway point

From ‘Bringing your own Gear’ to ‘Bicycles’ and ‘Groceries’ this page gives you lots of information to help you enjoy your holiday on one of our Narrowboats.


Overseas Visitors

Newbold Tunnel

Overseas visitors make up about one third of all our holiday boat hire customers and quite a few of them return year after year. You can be assured of a warm welcome when you arrive. We are well located in a very attractive part of England with excellent transport connections to and from the major airports (London Heathrow, Birmingham International and Manchester).



Pets on Boats

Don’t want to leave Tiddles or Rover in kennels?    No problem.

Several of our Narrowboats are Pet Friendly but please keep them off the seats and beds.

Up to 2 Pets (more by arrangement) can join you on your holiday.



What to See and Do Along the Canal

St. Peter's Church Wolfhamcote
Warwick Castle Aerial-View

Most people enjoy the tranquil, slow pace of narrowboating, enjoying the scenery and seeing a different aspect of the villages and countryside as you cruise along visiting the various pubs and restaurants

However if you want to there is a whole array of things to do depending on the route you are taking.

Canal Heritage with many different types of bridges, pumping stations and canal museums but not forgetting the Heritage of the towns and villages that you pass through with their churches and old wharves.

Spot the wildlife that lives on the canals, ducks, moorhens and swans being common but watch out for the blue flash of the kingfisher as he flies quickly by or the gentle swim of the water vole.

You could walk alongside your boat as it is being operated by another member of your crew or moor up and take a short or long walk away from the canal and back.

There are many visitor attractions not far from the canal such as Warwick Castle, Sealife Centre, Drayton Manor Theme Park, Cadburys World, Blechley Park and many more

And for the more active or parties up for a challenge there are golf, paintballing, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting etc.