Welcome to a slower pace of life

Cast off and leave your cares behind with a boating holiday from ABC Boat Hire.

With 16 starting locations across the waterway network and boat sizes to accommodate 2 to 12 people, you and your family or friends can afford to kick back and relax as you enjoy watching Britain's most stunning countryside drift by. See for yourself how relaxing an enjoyable a boating holiday can be and Watch our videos!

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See for yourself how relaxing a canal boating holiday can be!


Our Locations

Explore our beautiful locations across the country.

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A Brochure

Our latest brochure makes choosing your boating holiday as easy as ABC. Inside it you'll discover advice on how to plan your trip, find comprehensive boat layouts and details, plus maps, guides and handy tips to help you make the most of our beautiful waterways.


Choose your boat

Whatever your group number, we've a range of beautiful hand built boats to choose from.

Two to Five berth

With accommodation for up to 5 people, these boats are perfect for couples or smaller family-sized parties.

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Six to eight berth

These boats accommodate between 6 and 8 people and are popular with larger families and groups.

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Up to twelve berth

With space for up to 12 people, if you're planning a multi-family holiday or big celebration, these are the boats for you.

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140 Routes

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Special Offers

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Maps & Guides

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Don't take our word for it...

Feefo average score: 4.6 out of 5.

Your recent holiday on Plover - Piping Plover from Reedley Marina

Excellent handover, very informative and detailed. The boat was clean and supplied with all our initial needs, plus a few extras. Map was provided as well as helpful information about our route. Following a problem at one of the locks the marina staff were extremely helpful over the phone. The route from Reedley to Bingley is beautiful and we would recommend it to anyone looking for a peaceful holiday. Mooring is plentiful along the route and assistance from the CRT at some of the locks was appreciated

23 Apr 2019

Your recent holiday on Kestrel - Common Kestrel from Gailey Wharf

Very friendly and helpful staff. Location lovely.

23 Apr 2019

Your recent holiday on Thrush - American Thrush from Gayton

Very friendly and welcoming staff. The boat was well equipped and warm. The weather was better than expected - who would expect the Easter weekend to be as hot as it was?? Other canal users were courteous and welcoming and helpful when necessary without being overbearing.

23 Apr 2019

Your recent holiday on Swan - Tundra Swan from Gayton

Overall brilliant. A few points of general feedback: Our boat wasn't ready at 2.30pm & we had to wait about an hour. Advice about how long the hot water tank lasted/took to refill would have been nice as would advice about any party member needing to leave early as one of our party (due to family illness) headed back on a bike to find the gates were closed & didn't receive a very warm welcome by the night warden!

23 Apr 2019

Your recent holiday on Finch - Red Headed Finch from Goytre Wharf

Amazing from start to finish, staff were fantastic great demonstration and even helped with loading of our Tesco shop.

23 Apr 2019

Your recent holiday on Derwent - Niord from Gailey Wharf

An awesome time again, we have used ABC Boat hire many times now over the years. Gailey Wharf provides a great location with access to so many routes and the staff there are friendly and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend.

23 Apr 2019

Your recent holiday on Thrush - Fieldfare Thrush from Alvechurch

well maintained boat nicely furnished plenty of kitchen equipment staff very helpful will possibly be going again next year

23 Apr 2019

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Aquatic Warbler from Worcester

Excellent service throughout

23 Apr 2019

Your recent holiday on Wren - Carolina Wren from March Wharf

Brilliant all round. Very relaxing 😎

23 Apr 2019

Your recent holiday on Plover - Piping Plover from Reedley Marina


23 Apr 2019

Your recent holiday on Gull - Audouins Gull from Gayton

Facilities on the boat were really good including the kitchen equipment.

23 Apr 2019

Your recent holiday on Bunting - Corn Bunting from Hilperton

Second time we have done this and loved it again. The only minor thought (which is out of your control is the litter in the canals) we got the kids a little fishing net and a bag each and gave them a challenge of filling their bag with litter from the canal. We thought it would be a good idea for the hire company’s to issue each child a bag and a net and say if they fill the bag with canal litter they will get a prize at the end of the week (badge/ice cream/certificate etc)

23 Apr 2019