Ratty may not have been a Yorkshire lad, but he was right:
there's nothing to beat messing about on boats. And the joy of canal
boating is that you don't have to learn complicated things like
sailing or navigation - you can start enjoying yourself straight
The Yorkshire canals were made for enjoyment - well of course
they weren't, they were for carrying coal and grain and wool in
barges - but folk two centuries ago knew how to build to last, and
today's lot know a good thing when they see it. So all around more
people are finding more ways to use the canals, and boating
holidays are one of the best. Take your accommodation with you in a
snug, cleverly planned narrow boat and in the words of Arthur Daley,
the world is your lobster.
Explore the Pennine canals
- High above the roof tops or under the hills in tunnels;
alongside tumbling streams or through buzzing city centres: there's
always something new round every corner. The Pennine canals have
an up and at 'em quality that's still reflected in the attitudes
of Yorkshire people.
- These days you can still see people working by the canal (the best
holiday occupation!) but the grimy mills have long since been
turned into sought-after flats and offices.
- The best things about a Yorkshire boating holiday are the
companionship of your crew, the friendly locals, the stunning
scenery, your charming narrowboat (or barge), the amazing
pubs and the sheer improbability of arriving in a new place by
water - and not having to find somewhere to park the car.
Enjoy this site, and enjoy planning a fantastic Yorkshire
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Details of our
canal holidays for experienced boaters, including
our celebrated one way trips and rings, are on our main site.