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Why hire your canal boat from us?
Nick Harborne and Paul Roberts, Directors

Nick Harborne and Paul Roberts are keen boaters themselves. Both have lived on their narrowboats which led to them setting up a canal boat hire company on the Kennet and Avon Canal so others could share the Canal Experience. It's a family run business ...

North Wessex Downs


The Kennet and Avon canal goes through the North Wessex Downs, an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).  Click on the pictures to explore.

How far will your Canal Experience holiday take yo[more]

Canal Experience Fine Dining Cruises 1.  Masterch[more]

Stoppages and Restrictions on the Kennet and Avon [more]

Hello Nick and Paul, It’s been too long since ou[more]

Map and directions to where our boats are moored. [more]

Day Hire, Short-break and Weekly Hire All Year Round

Day Hire Rosina is our purpose-built day hire boat[more]

Why Choose a Canal Boat Holiday?

For a complete change of pace and lifestyle, a hol[more]

Canal boat holidays for Kennet & Avon, River Thames & Oxford

Enjoy a choice of routes Kennet & Avon, the River Thames, Thames Ring and Oxford Canals; all from our easily accessible base situated near to Reading and Newbury, Berkshire, UK.

You can start on any day available, choose from one of 5 narrowboats with up to 12 passengers for Day Hire and up to 6 passengers for short breaks and weekly hire.

Flexible, friendly, safe and reliable with a proven track record we aim to ensure you have a great experience. From choosing your boat, to planning your trip, to learning how to skipper and operate your boat.

Special offers and promotions
Additional Weeks Discount 25%

Book a 2nd week and get 15% discount on your additional week(s) [more]

Hello Nick and Paul, It’s been too long since our return to Australia to email you but I want to thank you both for what was really an experience of a lifetime. Often the dr[more]

Book 2 boats for a week or more and get 15% discount

Good news for each full week with two boats booked together we will give you a 15% discount [more]

We hope that all our customers will have a fantastic ‘Canal Experience’.   If you do, please spread the word.   We are a small family business:  we haven’[more]

Grab a last-minute deal: 10% off if you book 7 days or less before your trip. Offer applies to breaks of 3 days or more.  Discount will be automatically calculated when you b[more]

Earlybird Booking Discount

” Remember it is the early that catches the worm…” Book 90 days in advance or more and get our extra ‘Earlybird’ discount of 5% Offer applies to [more]

Gift Vouchers for a unique experience

Want a special gift voucher, something different offering a unique experience, a contribution towards a special holiday, we can help with our Canal Experience Gift Vouchers. &[more]

No hidden costs and always competitive rates, you can hire all year round and choose dates and times to suit your schedule. [more]

24 x 7 service you are never on your own, with all the professional back-up and recovery for unexpected emergencies [more]

Located with bases near Reading and Newbury Berkshire, with easy access by road and rail. [more]

Choice of routes, boats , duration, start days and times [more]

Experienced crews and beginners welcome [more]

Day Hire, Short-break and Weekly Hire All Year Round

Day Hire Rosina is our purpose-built day hire boat.   Rosina is 50ft in length with a traditional stern and has a spacious and sociable fore-deck to allow people to sit ou[more]

Flexible, friendly personal service designed to suit what works for you [more]

Book now for great discounts

2014 prices published

Book early for great discounts during 2014 and please remember, all our prices are inclusive - no fuel charges added on at the end of your trip!

Canal Boat Wilmcote 2 Berth Offer

See the details and availability in our online booking facility.>>

No Car? Coming by train? Coming from overseas? We can pick you up at the train or coach station.

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