WELCOME TO CANAL CRUISING – A Family Business

The boat hire company that has been operating longer than any other on the canals. In fact, well over 65 years.

Now the oldest hire company on the canals, the company is still operated by the Wyatt family and our staff. We offer a wealth of experience and give a warm and friendly service, as standard, with special attention for our overseas visitors and novices. We are a pet friendly company, ideal for walking holidays and visiting Staffordshires Heritage and the surrounding areas.

Our picturesque boatyard is in Stone, a small and compact market town that is easily accessible by road and rail, and that is at the centre of the canal network, offering a wide choice of routes.

We have ample open air parking and we take every precaution to ensure the security and safety of your vehicle. All vehicles are left at the owners’ risk.

You will find an extensive amount of information here, so most of your planning can be done right from the comfort of your own home. Of course, if you would like to visit our boatyard to take a closer look at the boats or to discuss canal holiday routes and cruising holiday prices, please feel free to visit us on Monday to Friday between the 8.30 and 5pm Saturday between the hours of 10am and 2pm.

If a visit is less than convenient, you can always contact us using the online form for further information.

Everything is provided on the boats (see our inventory list). We have fitted out and equipped our boats to the highest standard. We provide duvets, blankets, sheets, pillows and pillow cases. We also provide an initial supply of tea towels, brillo pad, washing up liquid, dish cloth, kitchen roll and toilet paper.

Instruction is given on handling the boats on your arrival, once you have settled in. It usually take about an hour depending on the locks. All boats have forward gear, a reverse gear and tiller steering. You push the lever forward and your off, it’s as simple as that! Tiller steering is precise and you have all the boat in front of you. With most people, ten minutes’ instruction gives them all the confidence they need, but we also demonstrate the locks and give advice on mooring, navigation and safety.

Overnight stops on the canal are anywhere on the towpath side either in the country or in built-up areas. Exceptions are winding holes, lock landings and water points. If an inn is on the offside, mooring is usually allowed adjacent to the premises.

Arrival is between 2.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. on the first day of your holiday and back by 9.30 a.m. – 10.00 a.m. on your final day. This gives us a short window necessary for maintenance, refueling, cleaning etc. On pick up your boat will be full of fuel, water and a new gas bottle will be fitted.For more information about our canal holidays, please browse our website, using the menu above.

Special Offers & Savers.

  • Early Booking Saver – 5% off a Weeks holiday if booked by 31st Dec. 2014
  • CAMRA Members 10% SAVER on full priced Shortbreak/Weeks holidays.
  • Join IWA and save 10% of your full priced Shortbreak/Weeks holiday.(Visit our Links page for further details)
  • Buy 2 Weeks Get 3rd Week FREE (cheapest of the 3 weeks) or book 6 weeks pay full price for 4 weeks get 2 weeks FREE.
  • Book 2 weeks get 2nd HALF PRICE (cheapest week).
  • Book 10/11 nights get 10% OFF.
  • See our Terms and Conditions’ only one offer/saver can be applied to you holiday.

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