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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

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

Black Prince Narrowboat Holidays   -  01527 575115   -  Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 4LA   Google Maps Icon

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Oxford Canal 
Base at Napton

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

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Grand Union Canal (Midlands) 

Bidford Boats   -  01789 773205   -  Riverside House 4 The Pleck, Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, B50 4BB   Google Maps Icon

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River Avon (Stratford) 

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

Clifton Cruisers   -  01788 543570   -  Clifton Wharf Vicarage Hill Clifton-on-Dunsmore, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV23 ODG   Google Maps Icon

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Oxford Canal 

Rose Narrowboats    -  01788 832449   -  Fosse Way Stretton under Fosse, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV23 0PU   Google Maps Icon

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Oxford Canal 

Saisons   -  01327844442   -  The Canal Shop, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 4PW   Google Maps Icon

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Oxford Canal  Dog FriendlyEco-Friendly / Green Business
Day hire boats and boats for short breaks and weekly hire, available from Rugby, just off the M1 at junction 18
Distances are calculated as a straight line from point to point and thus do not represent distance of travel.
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Hireboats (Holiday) Near Rugby, Bidford, Solihull, Napton On The Hill & Warwick.

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