A well-deserved 5 star rating. This gentleman puts everything into his business with care and thought for his customers. Extremely well done Robert.

Mr & Mrs M

The explanation and rundown prior to setting off was very thorough. There was no hurry to "leave us to it", and that was reassuring as novices. The canal exceeded our memories and we had a wonderful week. We would not hesitate to book with you again or give the strongest recommendations to others. Thank you.

Mr & Mrs G

We are experienced narrowboaters and hired Willow from Crabtree Narrowboat Hire for the first time this year. It was without doubt one of the nicest boats we have ever hired. The layout of the boat was a pleasant surprise giving a spacious well equipped kitchen,very modern bathroom and comfortable sleeping facilities. For the first time we had uninterrupted wi-fi. Robert was very helpful and the Lancaster Canal a real gem. We would not hesitate to recommend.

Mr & Mrs W

Having hired boats all over the UK including Scotland & Ireland & tried several of the hirers on the Lancaster Canal, CNBH is undoubtedly the best on the system. Great boats ~ always a friendly welcome ~ good secure parking.

The K Family

The pre-support to handover of boat was fab, the fact we knew we could ring at anytime if needed was also great. Boat and contents are amazing (Mulberry), really appreciated coffee and DVD's to amuse son. A* holiday - will recommend to everyone and will be back again. Thank you Robert x

Mr & Mrs M

The extra touches of the welcome pack, fruit and milk, quality biscuits and attention to detail made this a 5 star experience. Loved the personal details such as theLog Book. Patient and humorous tuition was superb. Thank you.


Totally fantastic from start to finish. The boat was superb - definitely a 5 star company. Thank you.

Mr & Mrs C

We shared the narrowboat "Willow" with our friends for a long weekend. We were relative novices at this, there was no need to worry as Robert took the time and care to make sure we were fully aware of all aspects of his boat. The handover was friendly and completed with pride. The whole set-up is professional. The boat was immaculate and of high quality. Thank you.

Mr & Mrs B

Having hired from most of the hirers on the Lancaster Canal, "Crabtree" offer a service second to none - they have nothing to fear from the competition. We have hired Canal Boats all over England, Scotland & Northern Ireland and have found none better; brilliant helpful personal service from Robert.

Mr & Mrs K

Extremely helpful & friendly. Couldn't do enough for us. For first time narrowboaters, the instruction was very calm and reassuring. Lovely boat (Willow) & facilities. We would travel with Crabtree Narrowboat Hire again. Thank you so much Robert

E & R

We really enjoyed our holiday. The boat (Mulberry) was lovely, attention to detail was first class - we had everything we could possibly want.

Mr & Mrs J

The whole process of booking our holiday with Robert was most professional and nothing was too much trouble. We will be booking again and have already recommended Crabtree to a good friend. Many thanks.

Mr & Mrs S & R G

Absolutely loved every minute. The boat was beautiful, we didn't want for anything! Robert did a superb job of settling us in and seeing us off. Thank you so much.