Hire 40' Canal Boat in Whaley Bridge, England

Canal Boat
12 Guests

About This Sleep Aboard Boat

Enjoy Whaley Bridge, England by boat!

Hire a 40' "Phoenix" canal boat for u to 12 people. Rates as low as £125 GBP for half day.

Self-steer narrow boat day hire- no experience required.

Do you dream of escaping the hustle and bustle of daily life? Do you yearn for an escape, a slower pace, shared with family or friends? If so, why not consider a day on Phoenix?

We cater for parties of up to 12 people. The boat is popular with families, groups of friends, canal enthusiasts, and corporate groups. We also cater for supervised groups including special needs whether it be a one-off trip or regular booking; we can tailor trips accordingly. You can bring your dog with you; there’s no additional charge. All we ask is that no additional cleaning is required at the end of the trip. Stag and hen parties and must be steered by our qualified captain who we will provide at extra cost, get in touch for details and availability.

About Boat:

At 40’ long Phoenix is an extremely spacious boat, laid out as follows:

The upper deck is open and free of seats, perfect if you want to escape the gang further back and watch the world slowly pass by!

The central deck is open apart from a narrow overhead structural beam. This area is fitted with bench seats along the full length. 4 x 1-meter cushions (2 each side) are provided for your added comfort. A small pedestal table is provided in this area where you can keep drinks, snacks etc. The central deck is fitted with plastic roll down covers that can easily be lowered during inclement weather.

Moving further back we have the covered area. One side Is taken up by the WC and washes basin. We provide toilet rolls, paper hand towels, and antibacterial soap liquid. Opposite Is the galley kitchen with four hob gas cooker and kettle. We provide tea, coffee, fresh milk, teaspoons, and mugs. Should you wish to cook/ warm your food no problem; but you’d need to bring your pans, crockery, cutlery, etc. The galley contains the safety essentials: fire extinguishers and fire blanket.

Up the steps at the back takes you to where the boat is steered. Quite unusually for a hire boat; this area is a large ‘cruiser style’ deck. Three or four couple can congregate here. The controls are straightforward; a tiller for steering and a single control lever for forwarding gear, neutral, reverse gear and engine speed.

Underneath the cruiser deck and out of sight is the modern diesel engine. An Isuzu, it’s fully insulated for sound and connected to the outside world via a ‘hospital’ type silencer. This set up is very quiet, aiding to the relaxation you should enjoy during this lovely day out.

Prices For Hire:

  • Full day (8 Hours): £180 GBP
  • Half day (4 hours): £125 GBP
  • Extra hours are available: £15 GBP per hour
  • Weekday special only £145 GBP

Prices Include:

  • Fuel, tea and coffee making facilities


You can choose your own itinerary based on your preference. To give you an idea, the following are popular:

• Full day cruise

8 Hours of cruising time.

Cruise the full length of the Upper Peak Forest canal to its junction with the Macclesfield canal and the locks at Marple. Average cruising time (each way) is 3 ½ hours. This gives time for a quick drink or bite to eat in Marple (The Ring ‘O’ Bells is popular) before heading back to Whaley Bridge. Many parties choose to bring a picnic lunch to eat on board with this option.

If you’d prefer to have a more leisurely pub lunch you could cruise as far as Strines. The Sportsman is popular; it’s a 5 to 10-minute walk from the canal. Or head slightly back up the canal, having turned around at Strines, to Disley, where a 5 to 10-minute walk give you a choice of pubs offering meals.

• Half day cruise:

Four hours cruising time.

Cruise to beyond New Mills where there is a convenient ‘winding hole’ (turning place). This takes one ¼ to 1 ½ hour, on average. Turn around and go back towards Whaley Bridge but take the arm of the canal that goes to Bugsworth. Here you will find a basin of historical importance and a popular pub/ eating place The Navigation. It’s then just half an hour back to Whaley Bridge.


  • £50 GBP



  • Type: Canal Boat
  • Capacity: 12 People
  • Rental Minimum: 4 hours

Rental Requirements

Cancellation Policy:

  • If cancelled, £50 GBP will be charged.


  • Life jackets/required safety gear
  • Wheel steering
  • Inboard Engine
  • CD Player

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