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Amazing way to see / experience central UK

Found this on the web and thought it was crazy, but it kept popping up in my mind. Showed the wife... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Charles P
Vancouver, Washington
Day boat hire

Very helpful and friendly staff. The boat was clean and well equipped. The size was perfect for the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Northampton, United Kingdom
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Hire one of our self steer day boats, all fully equipped for 12 people at the picturesque Union Wharf, Market Harborough. Take a trip on the canal through the beautiful countryside to the famous Foxton Locks and back
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Unit 1A Union Wharf, Market Harborough LE16 7UW, England
+44 1858 432123
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Found this on the web and thought it was crazy, but it kept popping up in my mind. Showed the wife and she had the same experience, until we both decided we had to give it a go. We are SO GLAD we did! We...More

Thank Charles P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very helpful and friendly staff. The boat was clean and well equipped. The size was perfect for the extended family. Good instructions given at the start of the day. Life jackets supplied for the little ones.

Thank samwebb63
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

A fabulous day out on the canal in “Water Vole” We were a party of nine and had a great time on the canal trip up to Foxton Locks and back. The instruction at the start of the day was clear and concise and we...More

Thank Gil3857
Reviewed 20 July 2018

Before starting our grandson dropped a toy in the water and was distressed. Immediately the member of staff walked back to the office and returned with not one but two toy canal boats. Why two? because we had two grandchildren with us and the gentleman...More

Thank RobertJoyce3
Reviewed 19 July 2018

We spend a lovely summers day with our parents travelling from Union Wharf to Foxton Locks and back again. The weather was good and really did make for a perfect day slowing making our way along the canal. The staff are excellent and will explain...More

Thank AnotherBluePenguin
Reviewed 11 July 2018

Amazing day exploring the Market Harborough arm on the Grand Union. Really friendly staff and superb boat with facilities for up to 12 people. Pub lunch at Foxton before return on the glorious meandering canal. Sights of a swimming grass snake and a pair of...More

Thank andrewpalmer2018
Reviewed 9 July 2018

The one week journey from Market Harbour north towards Leicester was pleasant enough but tiring through the locks due to the extreme heat 30+. Found some good stopping places and had some excellent meals. Particularly recommend the Navigator Pub/restaurant.

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Thank RobQ99
Reviewed 7 July 2018

Our week on this narrowboat was wonderful. The boat was very clean, the bedding and towels were good. We motored up (and down) Foxton Locks, helped by one of the many voluntary helpers and it wasn’t nearly as scary as I had feared! We had...More

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Thank vickikneebone
Reviewed 5 July 2018

We hired a boat through ABC Day Boat Hire. Me and my husband have never been on a Canal boat before and our friends who are experienced boaters invited us to go with them to try it out. We went on a boat named King...More

Thank Wendy B
Reviewed 1 July 2018

Had a great time but sometimes a bit close for comfort with 4 adults on board. There can only be one Skipper! Met some super people and staff at the resort so helpful and pleasant. Some good pubs en route and weather was glorious. A...More

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19 August 2018|
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Response from HailshamHilary | Reviewed this property |
We had a shower and 2 toilets on board. All is explained to you once on board. All the staff are very helpful so just email or call the wharf and they will answer your questions. Great fun, enjoy.
27 January 2018|
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Response from Sulleysgirl58 | Reviewed this property |
You really need to talk to the Union Warf folks - they, especially during the winter, keep special hours. I'm sure they will be as accommodating as possible.
9 February 2017|
Response from moorhen17 | Property representative |
Sorry for the delay in answering - 9.30 back for 5pm