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Bath Narrowboats Day Boat Hire

Bath Narrowboats Day Boat Hire

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Welcome to Bath Narrowboats fleet of dayboats where we want you to experience the magic of the Kennet & Avon canal and for your day out to be one of your best memories of Bath.

For a special day out with family, friends or business colleagues take a day trip on board one of our self-drive narrow boats. Hiring one of our day boats for a day trip is a great way to get a taste of the Kennet & Avon canal whilst having a great day out with friends and family. With each of our day boats holding between 6 to 10 people for the whole day, it offers great value for money too.

If you want a day out with a difference, or simply to relax with your family, or to celebrate something special, then hiring one of our self drive narrowboats would be the ideal solution.?If you have thought about taking a holiday on a canal boat and are not sure if you would like it, then this is also the ideal way to find out.?For businesses, our day boats are perfect for team development activities or a just a day out. For a small hen party, what a great way to have some fun with the girls along the canal.

We currently have the largest selection of dayboats available on the Kennet & Avon canal. There are five boats for you to choose from with another two arriving soon. Our dayboats are available for hire throughout the year and will each accommodate upto 6 - 10 people.

Your boat is ready for collection with a choice of starting times 9.00 am., 9:30am, 10.00 am.and 10.30a.m. You can choose to book half day, full day , lunch till evening in the summer and overnight for one, two days or more. Before you set off you'll be given full instruction on the handling, features and safety of your craft. Your time on-board will allow you time to explore the Kennet and Avon canal and countryside. Stop off for a bite to eat at a pub, cafe, restaurant for lunch, bring your own picnic, drink or order a gourmet hamper from us.

We offer a personalised service for those who wish to get away from the rat race and enjoy the peace and freedom of the waterways for a few hours or a few days. Relax and enjoy the tranquillity of cruising at two or three miles an hour, getting close to wildlife, country pubs, historic towns and enjoying the heritage of the canal system and the fresh air and exercise that goes with the canal cruising experience.

From our base at Sydney wharf, Bathwick Hill, you can travel along the canal past the Holbourne museum, Sydney gardens and onwards to Bathampton. Your trip will take you through the beautiful Limpley Stoke valley past the George pub and onto Claverton where the famous pumping staion for the canal is. After Claverton, cruise onwards to Dundas aqueduct where you can moor up and walk a short distance to the Somerset Coal Centre where you will find the Angelfish restaurant. Here you can have a large selection of homemade foods such as cakes, scones, cream teas, freshly baked filled baguettes, salads, larger meals, ice creams and drinks.?If you want to cruise further then continue over the Dundas aqueduct onto Avoncliff and Bradford on Avon, time permitting.?On a narrow boat you have all the time in the world to appreciate the landscape and the beauties of nature. Wildlife abounds - you may be lucky enough to see roe deer, mink, kingfishers and a wide variety of birds. You can spend a relaxing day exploring the Kennet & Avon Canal, on the 14 mile lock-free stretch from Bath to Bradford on Avon, experiencing the canal's unique mix of urban and rural environments which have many interesting architectural features including two swing bridges, Claverton pumping Station and the splendid Dundas & Avoncliff Aqueducts. Enjoy canalside villages such as Bathampton, Claverton, Avoncliff or the larger town of Bradford on Avon with its shops, parks, and restaurants.

Our canal day boats provide comfortable seating, a fully equipped galley, toilet on-board and life-jackets can be provided to children and adults when requested. There is a fridge and hob on board for any cooking and to keep your drinks cool.

You will receive full instructions on how to operate the boat so there is no need to worry if you haven't any experience of steering a boat.?It is possible to cruise all year round apart from days when there is thick ice on the canal or there are stoppages by British Waterways for essential repairs.?This truly delightful canal is one of Baths best kept secrets. In the spring the woods are full of kingcups and bluebells. There are flower-strewn water meadows in the summer. And, later in the year, the colours of autumn are really brought to life on the canal.

For those looking for a little more adventure, we have one dayboat that can sleep four people allowing you stay out on the canal for one, two or more nights. It is very popular with hirers who would like to spend a longer day on the canal, ideal for a weekend or just a couple of days. It can only sleep four but as a dayboat it can easily take up to ten passengers.?As a dayboat you will find a beautifully fitted out oak wood interior, flushing toilets, a hot/cold shower, a kitchenette with oven, hob, fridge, utensils and a dinette to seat four. This table turns into a double bed when required.?The rear of the boat has a cruiser stern which is larger than more traditional boats allowing more open space. Access on and off the boat is easier and there is space for five crew members as well as the steerer.

Our 38ft narrow boat is purpose built, has recently been completely refurbished and designed with your comfort and safety in mind. The front deck has bench seats for warm days, central heating for those cooler ones as well as hot and cold running water and a fresh water flushing toilet.

There is a fridge, four ring hob and microwave so if you fancy cooking there are utensils, crockery (plates, bowls, mugs and glasses), tea, coffee and sugar are also supplied. Don’t worry about steering, it's easy; you will be given full instruction and handling tuition on arrival. The boat hire includes diesel, gas and water. If you are cruising overnight, there are towels, sheets, duvets & pillows provided.

You will be surprised, above all, at the rural tranquility of this fascinating waterway, remarkable in its setting at the heart of this historic city.?It's a great way to see whether you'd want to spend longer on the canal and hire one of our eight Anglowelsh narrowboats for a holiday on the waterways.?So, why not try our day boat hire out for a fantastic day afloat?

For more information on our different day boats that are available follow this link : more information on prices of our day boats follow this link :

Just remember your booking is only confirmed when you pay a deposit so if you have a special date in mind, please send an email or telephone as soon as possible.

Contact Details

Sydney Wharf
Bathwick Hill

Tel: +44 (0) 1225 447276

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