canal boat day hire near Bath and Oxford
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Hire a canal boat for a day! You don't have to spend a fortune to enjoy life afloat and we have several narrowboat day hire locations available from mid March to the October Half Term. If you've never experienced waterways or 'barge' life, give it a try with family or friends - a lazy day afloat! Our easy-to-operate canal dayboats are based at Lower Heyford on the rural Oxford Canal in Oxfordshire along the Cotswold borders, and Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire on the Kennet and Avon (K&A) Canal near Bath. There are full safety features and training provided, and our own special design of day hire narrowboat allows accommodation in all weathers for up to 10 people. Our narrowboats are easy to handle and fully enclosed - so if our changeable British weather should deal a less than perfect day, there is always a place to keep warm and watch the world go by through the large picture windows. Each dayhire boat is centrally heated, has a toilet, and is fully equipped (see What's Onboard - below).

Canal day boat hire is from 09.30 to 17.30. Full payment must be made at the time of booking; a £200 refundable cash security deposit is taken on arrival against the boat's safe, clean & timely return.

CLICK HERE for day hire narrowboat availability and booking.


CLICK HERE to see the routes you can take from Lower Heyford in Oxfordshire or Bradford-on-Avon near Bath in Wiltshire


Moor up in the countryside and spread a blanket out on the grass to savour a special day out. Celebrate your special occasion with friends and family - the boats are sociable areas with lots of room to chat as you cruise along. An all-weather covered foredeck allows you to still admire the scenery without getting wet! Folding chairs can be moved around - even ashore for al fresco dining!


Let the children take part! They will love to help work the locks, run along the towpath, or even steer the narrowboat under supervision - this is truly a waterway adventure for all ages. We provide buoyancy aids and full instruction to enjoy your day in safety.


May we respectfully remind all day hirers to behave responsibly on our canals, especially in respect of not speeding. This includes adhering to our stated safety guides, avoiding excessive alcohol consumption and keeping children safe and under control. (We are not currently accepting single-sex parties for day hire due to current Government social distancing/ Coronavirus guidance).


* Heated main cabin with seating for 10 people
* Loose chairs to take outdoors
* Veranda style cockpit area
* USB charge point & 12V cigar lighter socket

* 2 ring hob
* Cutlery, crockery and glassware for 10 people, plus kettle, saucepans, cooking utensils, teapot and cafetiere

PLEASE NOTE: There is no fridge on board our dayboats, but we do have a 12V car-style cigar lighter socket so why not bring a cool box to keep your food and drink chilled?

Narrowboat Day hire - Bath & Oxford Oxfordshire Narrowboats
Narrowboat Day hire - Bath & Oxford Oxfordshire Narrowboats
Narrowboat Day hire - Bath & Oxford Oxfordshire Narrowboats
Narrowboat Day hire - Bath & Oxford Oxfordshire Narrowboats