Great Value Canal Boats for Hire
from Devizes, Wiltshire

Devizes WharfWe are a small canal boat 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 hotel-boating in 1989 and has been running successful sister company Oxfordshire Narrowboats since 2001. With his wife 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 sometimes basing 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. Matt, our newest recruit and who also lives on his own boat, joined us in 2020 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!

Situated at Devizes Wharf on the Kennet & Avon Canal, we have four holiday hire narrowboats available from early March to end November for weekend, short breaks or weekly hire, together with our newly added Dayboat for daily hire. 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 Oxfordshire Narrowboats who offer superior quality narrowboats in the area:-   (they operate from Bradford, Wiltshire and Heyford, Oxfordshire). 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.

Please contact our booking office by email; we are often out on the water or at Devizes Wharf so it is best to send us a message and we will get back to you promptly (email your phone number and we will call you back). You are welcome to visit the boats at Devizes Wharf – but we do recommend you contact 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. Parties looking for a vibrant night-life should look at the companies around Bradford, Bath and Bristol who may provide specialist packages.