First Time Afloat
A Guide to operating locks
Access for all
Wildlife on the canals
Pet Friendly Holidays
Hen and Stag Parties
Choose Your Base Location
All Base Locations
» Aldermaston Wharf, Berkshire
» Alvechurch Marina, Worcestershire
» Anderton Marina, Cheshire
» Blackwater Meadow Marina, Shropshire
» Gailey Base, Staffordshire
» Gayton Marina, Northamptonshire
» Hilperton Marina, Wiltshire
» March Marina, Cambridgeshire
» Reedley, Lancashire
» Rugby Base, Warwickshire
» Union Wharf Marina, Leicestershire
» Whitchurch Marina, Shropshire
» Worcester Marina, Worcestershire
» Falkirk, Forth and Clyde
» Goytre Wharf, South Wales
» Wrenbury Mill, Welsh Borders
Choose Your Route
Map of UK Areas
All Holiday Routes
UK Short Breaks
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Equipment on board
Example Boat Layout
Boats 6 People and Less
Boats For Between 6 and 8 People
Boats For Up to 12 People
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Meet The Team
The Waterways of the UK provide one of the most relaxing and rewarding holidays around and they are also one of the 'greenest'. Starting the moment you board your floating home, a holiday cruising through some of the country's most breathtaking scenery, working the locks or sitting back with a glass of wine won't 'cost' the earth.
In fact your holiday is estimated to be some 20 times better for the planet than spending two hours flying for a holiday overseas.
(Based on flying a family of four to an average European location compared to a family of four taking an average hire boat holiday.)
But more than that, you're looking at ABC Boat Hire boating holidays. Not only do we care about the time you enjoy on the boat, we are also interested in the wellbeing of the waterways environment and other precious wildlife that will help to make your holiday so special.
This is a voluntary donation scheme (suggested £5.00 per holiday) to offset the impact of your holiday and travel to the start base. Your donation will go to the Waterways Trust Green Fund a registered charity which works to promote and protect Britain 's waterways. The Green Fund will be used by the Trust to invest in low carbon technologies and other environmental projects such as creating new habitats. These projects will help mitigate the carbon emissions and environmental impact of managing the waterways.
In supporting this we are both being environmentally responsible in a way that directly benefits the waterways upon which your boating holiday has been taken, and which will help sustain and improve them for future enjoyment.
We are sure you will enjoy one of our Greener Holidays.
Sustaining the environment
A narrowboat holiday on the UK canals and rivers is the perfect way to explore the beautiful countryside of England , Wales & Scotland . Enjoyment of the holiday depends upon the sustainability of the canals, the towpaths and the countryside itself.
Your narrowboat holiday is a very low carbon holiday.
At ABC Boat Hire we are proud to provide a holiday which has minimal impact on the environment. We consider all aspects of our operations and are undergoing a process of environmental impact minimisation throughout the organisation, wherever feasible.
We undertake a number of environmentally friendly activities which include :
All holiday documents such as confirmations and directions are sent over e-mail where possible.
Boats are fitted with long life oil filters requiring only one oil change each year, reducing waste oil quantities.
Eco hulls on boats, limiting wash that erodes banks and increasing fuel efficiency.
Efficient modern diesel engines
Plentiful supply of hot water produced as a by-product from the cooling system of the engine.
Boats provided with Ecover washing up liquid and our cleaners use a Diversy Leaver cleaning system. These reduce packaging waste and are completely and immediately biodegradable which has minimum effect on aquatic life.
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Starting on which dates:
21st April - 27th April 2017
28th April - 4th May 2017
5th May - 11th May 2017
12th May - 18th May 2017
19th May - 25th May 2017
26th May - 01 June 2017
2nd June - 8th June 2017
9th June - 15th June 2017
16th June - 22nd June 2017
23rd June - 29th June 2017
30th June - 6th July 2017
7th July - 15th July 2017
14th July - 20th July 2017
21st July - 27th July 2017
28th July - 3rd August 2017
4th August - 10th August 2017
11th August - 17th August 2017
18th August - 24th August 2017
25th August - 31st August 2017
1st September - 7th September 2017
8th September - 14th September 2017
15th September - 21st September 2017
22nd September - 28th September 2017
29th September - 5th October 2017
6th October - 12th October 2017
13th October - 19th October 2017
20th October - 26th October 2017
27th October - 3rd November 2017
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