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Canal Boat Hire only on the Kennet & Avon Canal

Located in the ancient Saxon Town of Bradford on Avon, half an hour’s drive from the World Heritage City of Bath, Sally Narrowboats is an independent canal boat hire company on the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Our fleet of canal narrowboats allow you to cruise the Kennet & Avon Canal, to Bath in a westerly direction and Reading in the east with numerous points of interest between – See our leisure guide page for some recommendations! Our fleet ranges from intimate two berth boats right up to those which can cater for groups of ten.

Situated in the Bradford on Avon Marina, Sally Narrowboats is easily accessible from both the M4 and M5 motorways, and only a short walk or taxi journey from Bradford On Avon train station.

To ensure that you enjoy your canal narrow boat holiday to the full, before you begin your cruise one of our professional staff will instruct you in the safe handling of the boat as well as the operation of locks and swing bridges. For your total peace of mind our training and handover protocols have been accredited by BMF, the British Marine Industry’s trade association.

Unfortunately for 2022 we will no longer be hiring to Stag or Hen Parties.

Sorry you cannot go on the river. New legislation on stability testing of Narrow boats for hire and the flow of the river Avon has made this trip a non starter.

My new wife Miriam and I hired a Sally Narrow Boat as part of our honeymoon over the past couple of weeks. We would like to thank Sally Narrow Boats and the team there for a great trip from start to finish.

They gave a lovely surprise on our arrival with a thoughtful wedding gift of flowers, balloons and a small gift which came in handy on our trip. The boat we used Leah, was well maintained and in perfect condition. Everything we could need on our trip was there and we were well informed on how to use and operate the boat and its facilities, plus a great user guide and map file on board.

Once again thanks to Sally Narrow Boats and the friendly team there in the UK!

Mike and MiriamNew Zealand

Great day out with the family on Jacy, even took the dog. Everything so well organised and run through before we started, informative and helpful…

Worried the kids would be bored but a fun day had by all!!

Thank you

Debbie WrightBirmingham

Our first adventure aboard the day boat Emily Katherine with Grandad & daddy playing captain for the day and the children being skippers (grandma & mummy did the hard work at the locks -) – what an amazing family day out ! The instructions we were given gave us the confidence to navigate the locks and feel safe as we headed off towards bath, we almost got to Dundas after stopping for a picnic and a stop off at the cross guns for a drink. The boat is well equipped with kitchen essentials including a hob, kettle and fridge etc. Will definitely be back again as everyone had a great time.

Rebecca Hurst RichardsKent


We’ve put together our own interactive guide to help you plan your day boat hire on the kennet and avon canal or traditional canal boat hire and make the most of your break.

Featuring Pubs, Restaurants, Cafés and Places of Interest to enable you to choose your itinerary.


The Kennet & Avon Canal Boater’s DVD – Basic Boat-Handling & Safety

Sally Narrowboats Feature – Sasha

We recently had a photoshoot for our narrowboats, and this month we’d like to share the new photos of narrowboat Sacha. Built for the 2017 season, and available to hire for Canal Boat Holidays on the Kennet & Avon Canal, Sacha is an 8-10 berth traditional narrowboat.

Sacha offers a high level of comfort and is suited for larger groups. Equipped to a high standard, Sacha includes full radiator central heating and 240 volt power. With three cabins, a spacious salon and fully-equipped galley, Sacha offers everything to make your narrowboat holiday a success.

Find out more about Sacha here »