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Untie the ropes, push off from the banks, and let yourself unwind from the world.
Narrowboating is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Canals are a 4mph stress-free zone, so it doesn't matter if you've never steered a narrowboat before - learning how to is all part of the fun. Fresh air, wildlife, peace & quiet mixed with the exciting challenge of crewing a narrowboat makes this a satisfying and uplifting experience.
Holiday hire narrowboats come with all the luxury of floating cottages. Sleep in style with water reflecting through your cabin porthole then, after a hearty breakfast, spend part of your day walking or just drifting peacefully along in your narrowboat.
Where to go?
You can hire a narrowboat from centres across Britain. It's a good idea to bear in mind how many locks you want to encounter on your journey - some of the more heavily-locked canals are fascinating but can be exhausting. Most hire boat companies are happy to help you plan your route.
What about pets?
Well-behaved pets are welcomed by most hireboat operators.
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Andersen Boats Canal Boat Holidays Diamond RatingDiamond RatingDiamond RatingDiamond Rating  -  01606 833668   -  11 Wych House Lane, Middlewich, Cheshire, CW10 9BQ   Google Maps Icon

Ashton Canal, Bridgewater Canal, Caldon Canal, Llangollen Canal, Macclesfield Canal, Montgomery Canal, Peak Forest Canal, Shropshire Union Canal, Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, Trent & Mersey Canal  Dog Friendly

Blackcountry Narrowboat Hire   -  01215 529496 / 07912 352673   -  Shire Close, Oldbury, West Midlands, B68 8DR   Google Maps Icon

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Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) 

Copt Heath Wharf Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating  -  0121 7044464   -  Catherine de Barnes, Solihull, West Midlands 

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Grand Union Canal (Midlands) 

Valley Cruises Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating  -  02476 393333   -  Springwood Haven Marina, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV10 0RZ   Google Maps Icon

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Coventry Canal  Dog FriendlyAccommodation AvailableEco-Friendly / Green Business
Excellence Afloat at Valley Cruises is a small f

Lyons Boatyard   -  01214 744977   -  Limekiln Lane, Warstock, West Midlands, B14 4SP   Google Maps Icon

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Stratford-upon-Avon Canal 

Ashby Boat Company Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating  -  01455 212671   -  Canal Wharf Stoke Golding, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV13 6EY   Google Maps Icon

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Ashby Canal 

Kate Boats Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating  -  01926 492968   -  The Boatyard Nelson Lane, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 5JB   Google Maps Icon

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Grand Union Canal (Midlands) 
Narrowboat hire in the Heart of England, luxury boats on the Grand Union Canal, with a great range of cruising routes. Careful tuition given for novices. Bases at Stockton and Warwick

Anglo Welsh   -  0117 3041122   -  2 The Hide Market West Street, Bristol, BS2 0BH   Google Maps Icon

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Stratford-upon-Avon Canal 
Base at Wootton Wawen

Anglo Welsh   -  0117 3041122   -  2 The Hide Market West Street, Bristol, BS2 0BH   Google Maps Icon

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Worcester & Birmingham Canal 
Base at Tardebigge

ABC Boat Hire Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating  -  0330 3330 590   -  Rugby Wharf, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 1PB   Google Maps Icon

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Oxford Canal  Dog Friendly

Canal Breaks   -  01788 578661   -  The Locks Off Brindley Road, Hillmorton Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 4PP   Google Maps Icon

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Oxford Canal  Dog Friendly
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Hireboats (Holiday) Near Rugby, Warwick, Wootton Wawen, Tardebigge & Stoke Golding.

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