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A guide to canal boat holidays in Yorkshire

29th July 2021

Boasting some of Britain’s finest scenery, charming towns and an ancient canal network, Yorkshire is a fantastic destination for a canal boat holiday. Whether you want to cruise along the Pennine waterways or stop off at some cities along the way, ABC Boat Hire has you covered with the best things to see and do. Here’s our guide to canal boat holidays in Yorkshire.

What to do in Yorkshire

From family breaks to celebrations with friends and a romantic getaway with your special someone, Yorkshire truly has something for every type of holiday. Here are just a few of our favourite places:

●       Harewood House

●       Roundhay Park

●       Kirkstall Abbey

●       RHS Garden Harlow Carr

●       Another World Adventure Centre

●       Marsden Moor

●       Tropical World

Narrowboat hire in Yorkshire

Anderton Marina 

Near to the popular market town of Northwich, Anderton Marina enjoys a spectacular location that’s in close proximity to Cheshire, Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the Trent and Mersey.

If you’re fascinated by history and want to visit a family friendly attraction close to the marina, be sure to stop by the Anderton Boat Lift. Constructed in 1875, the lift was the first of its kind and is now one of the 7 Wonders of the Waterway. The attraction is an ideal place for the little ones to let off some steam and is home to an outdoor play area complete with a mock-up of Anderton’s bridge, control house and mooring area, and a lift-themed craft area inside the Visitor Centre.

On your glide across the waters, you’ll soon reach the vibrant city of Leeds. You can do as much or as little as you like, from relaxing in one of the waterside cafes and bars, to exploring the world-class Royal Armouries Museum and Leeds Art Gallery. For animal lovers, we recommend heading opposite the Royal Armouries Museum near the weir, where you’ll be able to spot otters, mink and all sorts of water birds.

The Pennine Ring from Anderton Marina

A popular cruise for boaters in and around Huddersfield is The Pennine Ring. Linking Lancashire and Yorkshire, The Pennine Ring is made up of three canal routes. You’ll start at Anderton Marina and can sail peacefully along the Huddersfield Narrow Canal through a stunning mixture of wooded valleys, Pennine stone villages and moorland.

Fancy stretching your legs and discovering some of Huddersfield’s lush green spaces? Head to one of the city’s many parks or climb up Castle Hill and discover the Victoria Tower while you’re there.

As you float along the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, you’ll also pass through Standedge Tunnel, the longest and highest in Britain at 5,698 yards. It's another one of the 7 Wonders of the Waterway and passage requires pre-booking with Standedge Visitor Centre.

The Pennine Route from Anderton Marina has a total of 227 locks. We recommend that this type of route should take an average of 6.5 hours a day – which means it would likely take about 21 nights in total.

Find out more about our Yorkshire canal routes, narrowboat locations or more today. Get in touch with our friendly team to book your next canal boat holiday.

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