Great Value Canal Boats for Hire
from Devizes, Wiltshire

Devizes WharfWe are a small canal narrowboat holiday hire business established in 1986 offering great value holidays on sensibly appointed boats without all the bells and whistles that make canal holidays expensive.

Ian and Sue Sharp retired at the end of the 2015 season after 29 years at the helm. Ian asked David to take the business on, which he was delighted to do, reassured that the ethos of their business would continue….

We too have long been involved with the canals, David was first going on camping boat trips in 1976 at the tender age of 12. He starting hotelboating in 1989 and has been running successful sister company Oxfordshire Narrowboats since 2001. With his fiancé Caron and children, they are currently restoring the long- abandoned historic Burbage Wharf.  Poppy has been brought up on a narrowboat and now has her own, never having really left the water since childhood. She has grabbed the opportunity to run her own hire fleet and bases her own boat at Devizes Wharf to ensure you have a great narrowboat holiday. Shelly took over the booking office in 2016. She is loving the canal life and is regularly found on turn round days preparing your holiday boat and welcoming you aboard. Stuart is our newest recruit and is working alongside Poppy with boat turnarounds and show-outs. So you truly are safely in the hands of committed, experienced, canal enthusiasts who really know what they’re talking about!

We have four holiday hire narrowboats available from early March to end November for weekend, short break or weekly hire, together with our newly added Dayboat for daily hire, on the Kennet and Avon Canal. We only hire our boats eastwards from Devizes: we feel that there are plenty of hire companies already at the western end of the Kennet & Avon Canal so we don’t wish to add to any congestion down that way. Therefore we don’t allow our boats to descend the 29 Caen Hill Locks directly to the west of Devizes. But it’s a lovely stroll to watch others doing the hard work! If you do need to hire a boat to cruise to Bath and Bristol we’d recommend our sister company Wiltshire Narrowboats who offer the newest, best quality, narrowboats in the area www.wiltshire-narrowboats.co.uk   If you’re determined to conquer the Caen Hill flight by boat then please go to our friends at Foxhangers Narrowboats, located at the bottom of the locks.

Contact us at our booking office 01672 810634 (we may be busy at Devizes Wharf so please leave a message) or email us anytime. You are welcome to visit the boats at Devizes Wharf – but we do recommend you call us first to check your choice of boat is not already out on hire.

Please note:

1. We do not allow our boats to descend Caen Hills locks travelling westwards.

2. We do not accept any Stag or Hen parties. (Mature single-sex parties may be accepted at our discretion).