Crabtree Narrowboat Hire - National Award Winning Narrowboat Hire Company

The perfect antidote to modern life - relax and unwind on the beautiful 42 miles of tranquil, lock-free Lancaster Canal on the most contemporary of narrowboats.

Relax and slow down as you see the countryside from a totally different angle. Your biggest decision each day is whether to moor by a waterside pub, or explore the normally hidden delights of the towns and villages on your route.

We are a small and friendly, family-run narrowboat hire company based on the idyllic lock free Lancaster Canal in the heart of Lancashire.
'Luxury' is not normally the word used to describe a narrowboat but then our boats - all named after trees - are not normal, not off-the-peg.
At Crabtree Narrowboat Hire each of our boats is bespoke. We currently operate 4 boats from our base at Barton Grange Marina. “Willow” is a 44 foot narrowboat, “Mulberry” a 57 foot narrowboat, "Linden" (another 44 foot narrowboat) and our latest addition is "Cedar" - a 45 foot reverse layout narrowboat. Her unique layout and modern, well-appointed interior creates a truly outstanding boat for your pleasure and comfort. Cedar is as individual and as stylish, quiet, comfortable and easy to handle as our other narrowboats.

All our narrowboats are superbly equipped; each boat in our narrowboat holiday fleet has been assessed and awarded 5 stars by Enjoy England - the national tourist board for England. We are the only narrowboat hire company on the Lancaster Canal to have been presented with this prestigious award. Crabtree Narrowboat Hire has also been awarded a 2015 VisitEngland ROSE Award in Recognition Of Service Excellence. This new VisitEngland award is to be awarded annually to only 100 VisitEngland quality assessed accommodation businesses that go the extra mile to provide excellent customer service.

The nomination was triggered following the annual VisitEngland quality assessment. The observations of our assessor and other evidence, including on-line customer reviews were taken into account and the final judging panel also looked for innovation that set our business apart. This included facilities or services offered to make the customer’s stay really special.If you haven't tried a canal holiday before please rest assured that you will find a warm welcome with Crabtree Narrowboat Hire.

We offer full instruction on the operation and handling of the boats at the start of your holiday thus enabling the expert or complete novice to enjoy their boating experience. We will take time to introduce you to the boat, advise you on the routes, mooring places and pubs (!). If required you will be accompanied as you set off on your cruise to ensure that you are comfortable with handling the boat.

We want you to enjoy your holiday with us, and you will be more likely to do that if you are confident about coping on the canal.

Whether you're looking for a family holiday with a difference or you just want to unwind and take life at a more tranquil pace, your boating holiday with Crabtree Narrowboat Hire on the beautiful lock-free Lancaster Canal offers you a different perspective on life and the world around you.


National Award Winning Narrowboat Hire Company


Crabtree Farm · Hagg Lane · St Michaels-On-Wyre Preston · Lancashire · PR3 0UJ


01995 67 17 12 · 07572 66 49 49
7 days a week - 9.30am - 5.00pm