Our Holidays

Rose Narrowboats Collage

Our Holidays

Our Holidays

Rose Boatyard

Rose Narrowboats is a long established family run narrowboat holiday hire company. We have 11 self-drive boats available for weekly or short break narrowboat holidays and a self-drive day hire boat.

We provide full tuition on all aspects of the operation of your boat so even if you have never been on a boat before then don’t let this put you off.

Please check out our ‘New to Boating’ page.

Boating Information

Rose Narrowboats Boat yard

Operating the locks is part of the fun of a narrowboat holiday and even younger children can take part (with care). Locks are easy to work and on a longer flight all the walking will give you an appetite for the pub that is invariably at the end of it!

Locks are just one part of a narrowboat holiday with some routes from our base being virtually lock-free however the pages here have been put together to help with any information you require for your narrowboating experience even if you have never done it before.

Types of Boat Hire

Turning at Bridge 32

A narrowboat holiday can take many forms, and one of them is cruising from one watering hole to another sampling the local brew or food; pub food can be very good and often not expensive. There are also a number of top restaurants on some routes. There are pretty villages to explore, often with their own local shop and pub, as well as larger towns & cities.

The pages in this section have been designed to help with deciding who wants to go on a narrowboat holiday, for how long and what to see and do.


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