Hiring one of our day boats for a day trip is a great way to get a taste of the canals while having a great day out with friends and family. With each of our day boats holding up to 10 or 12 people for the whole day, it offers great value for money too.

Your boat is ready for collection at 9:30am and you’ll be given full instruction on the handling, features and safety of your craft. Your time on-board will allow you a full day to explore the surrounding canals and countryside and either stopping for a bite to eat or a pub lunch. Your boat should be returned at 5:00pm giving you 7 1/2 hours of enjoyment, excellent value for a day trip in Cheshire.

From our base at Preston Brook you can travel along the lock free Bridgewater Canal, designed by James Brindley and opened in 1765. Your trip will take you through the beautiful wooded cutting at Walton, with the possibility of visiting Walton Hall and gardens. The pass slowly through London Bridge (no you haven’t gotten lost and ended up on the River Thames) at Stockton Heath to the village of Grappenhall with its cobbled streets and cosy pubs.

Our canal day boats provide comfortable seating, a fully equipped galley and toilet on-board and life-jackets can be provided to children and adults when requested.

£145 weekdays and £180 at weekends and bank holidays.
Or as little as £12.08 per person!

A discount of £30 per day is available during the period 1st November – 31st March.

Prices include VAT and fuel. Day boat hire is from 9:30am – 5:00pm or sunset if earlier. A security/damage deposit of £50 will be required on the day (in addition to the hire charge) which will be refunded subject to clause 7 of the conditions of hire.

A 25% deposit secures your booking, with the balance due 4 weeks prior to your trip date. If you book within 4 weeks of the trip date the cost will need to be paid in full. The day boats can carry a maximum of 12 people regardless of age.

When selecting a date from the calendar below you will be asked to enter ‘number of nights’. By selecting 1 night you will be booking 1 day from 9:30am – 5:00pm.

When selecting a date from the calendar below you will be asked to enter ‘number of nights’. By selecting 1 night you will be booking 1 day from 9:30am – 5:00pm.


Conditions of Hire

  1. Failure to take the boat will result in the forfeit of your payment.
  2. The day boat will be available for you to embark from 9:30.
  3. The boat must be returned to our base by 5:00 pm or sunset, whichever is earlier. We will deduct £25 from your security deposit for every half hour or part of half hour you are late.
  4. The day boat may only be cruised North from Preston Brook.
  5. Portable gas appliances are NOT allowed under any circumstances. Charcoal barbecues must only be used off the boat. They must be thoroughly emptied and cooled before re-embarkation.
  6. No live bait or maggots are allowed on board.
  7. Your security and damage deposit of £50 payable in cash on the day will be returned to you at the end of your hire period providing you return on time, there is no damage to the boat, no losses or breakages of the boat’s equipment and the boat is returned in a clean and tidy condition.
  8. You understand that it is an offense to operate the boat whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  9. The principal hirer must be over 23 years of age.