Canal Boat and Narrowboat Holidays in the UK.

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Canal Boat and Narrowboat Holidays


Your starting point for checking out a canal boating or narrowboating holiday hire has to be ABC Boat Hire.

ABC Boat Hire own and run a fleet of some 200 boats operating from 14 distinct starting locations throughout the UK. Ten of these hire bases are in marinas owned by ABC Leisure Group, with a further 4 start points exclusively running holiday hire. These starting points give you direct access to some of the very best cruising routes across the country and give you unrivalled choices exploring the secret waterways of England, Scotland and Wales.

Their holiday hire fleet of self-drive narrowboats has the finest of reputations. With their up to date reservation systems, bookings can be made online 24 hours a day, fully complemented by a 7 day booking office allowing personal contact by telephone or Skype.

The combined fleet is the result of both acquisition and growth by the company, with hire craft and the boatyards retaining elements of the branding of their original operating names of: Alvechurch Waterway Holidays, Viking Afloat Narrowboat Holidays , Red Line Boats and Wessex Narrowboats.

Spoilt for choice:
Holidays range from 3 or 4 night short breaks, (Friday to Monday or Monday to Friday) to weekly hire or longer still and the variety of boat layouts can accommodate anything from 2 to 12 people.

Day hire boats are available from 2 locations with the RYA Helmsman's Training Course also offering an excellent experience of a day out on the water.

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