Our Canal Locations

A boating holiday is the fastest way to a slower pace of life.

ABC Boat Hire currently offer boats in the following locations:


Looking for boating holidays in England? Find canal boats in England scattered across the country, perfect for your next narrowboat holiday on the water.

Aldermaston Wharf Berkshire

Cruise the Kennet and Avon Canal or access the River Thames. Nearby towns include Newbury, Thatcham and Reading, with Aldermaston railway station also close by.

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March Marina Cambridgeshire

March is located in Cambridgeshire, and is near Cambridge and Ely. 

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Anderton Marina Cheshire

This is one of the most northerly of our English bases with access to Cheshire, the remote and beautiful Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the Trent and Mersey.

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Reedley Lancashire

Ideally situated on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, at the gateway to the Dales, Burnley provides narrowboat holiday makers the opportunity to cruise in a beautiful location with stunning views and wildlife.

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Union Wharf Marina Leicestershire

Union Wharf is located in a stunning canal basin location at the end of the Market Harborough arm of the Grand Union canal in Leicestershire. A fantastic base for a wide variety of routes, many taking in the Foxton Locks, a 10 lock staircase with handy pubs at either end.

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Gayton Marina Northamptonshire

Routes are typified by rolling Northamptonshire arable landscapes, rural countryside passing through hills and wooded country, and towns and villages along the way easily accessible from the canal side.

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Blackwater Meadow Marina Shropshire

Situated close to the Ellesmere Arm on the Llangollen Canal which offers scenic beauty and breathtaking engineering. Our closest base to Llangollen if you want to visit on a short break.

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Whitchurch Marina Shropshire

No boating enthusiast’s life is complete without a cruise on the scenic Llangollen canal.  A fleet of 18 hand-crafted boats caters for anything from 2 to 8 guests.  Spend a leisurely week taking in the Llangollen with its famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct – or head north towards Chester or Nantwich.

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Gailey Base Staffordshire

Gailey Wharf is situated just off the A5 in Staffordshire, within cruising reach of the counties of West Midlands, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Cheshire.

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Rugby Base Warwickshire

Located on the Oxford canal, only one day’s cruising away from Coventry and 2 days away from Warwick Castle, our fleet of boats at Rugby Wharf can accommodate up to 10 people and take you on a cruise around the Shire Counties of the Midlands.

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Hilperton Marina Wiltshire

An ideal base for exploring the western end of the Kennet & Avon canal. Our marina has 23 narrowboats in all sizes from 47ft for just 2/4 of you, up to our largest boat, the 70ft 12 berth Swan class. Visit Bath and Bristol or cruise east to Devizes and beyond

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Alvechurch Marina Worcestershire

Alvechurch Marina is situated in the heart of the Midlands, with boats available for up to 12 people across several different classes of boat. Available routes include various rings and several 'there and back' options catering for holiday lengths from 3 nights to 14 nights and beyond.

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Worcester Marina Worcestershire

The City of Worcester has the River Severn running through it which is overlooked by the 12th Century Worcester Cathedral.

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Our boating holidays in Scotland show a different side to the canals than you’d experience in England and Wales. Discover more about our canal boats available in Scotland now.

Falkirk Forth and Clyde

The Scottish Lowland Canals are quite different from the canals typical of England and Wales/ The Forth and Clyde is much wider than the average English canal. The Union Canal is a contour canal and has no locks at all or bridges that have to be opened. 

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Find canal boats in Wales perfect for your next boating holiday. From South Wales to the Welsh Borders, explore our boating holidays in Wales today.

Goytre Wharf South Wales

The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal is currently inaccessible from any other waterway and offers 35 miles of quiet pretty countryside from Brecon to Cwmbran. It runs through the Brecon Becons Nation Park and has just a few locks.

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Wrenbury Mill Welsh Borders

For pretty scenery and stunning views, little compares to the Llangollen Canal with features including the Ellesmere 'meres' and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

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