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 which are all pet friendly and NON-SMOKING from our base at Barton Grange Marina. "Willow" is a 44-foot narrowboat, "Mulberry" a 57-foot narrowboat, "Linden" is a 44-foot narrowboat and "Cedar" a 45-foot narrowboat. All the narrowboats are superbly equipped. We do not do Day Hire. We only hire to families/couples.

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 are 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.