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ABC Boat Hire

Scarfield Wharf Scarfield Hill, Alvechurch B48 7SQ, England
+44 330 333 0590
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Great adventure

We joined the canal boat below on the Forth and Clyde Chanel just below the Falkirk wheel basin... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Judy C
Whitstable, England, United Kingdom
Scottish Canals - Falkirk to Edinburgh

We chose this trip as the small number of locks are all assisted. The staff were all patient and... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2017
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Scarfield Wharf Scarfield Hill, Alvechurch B48 7SQ, England
+44 330 333 0590

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We joined the canal boat below on the Forth and Clyde Chanel just below the Falkirk wheel basin . It was 64ft long and sleeped 6 although there was only the three of us. We had read a review in October last year that had...More

Thank Judy C
Reviewed 15 October 2017

We chose this trip as the small number of locks are all assisted. The staff were all patient and helpful. The boat was very smart. extremely well equipped and everything worked. We were given comprehensive information at the handover but very little practical instruction. Make...More

Thank MairiM
Reviewed 14 October 2017

SYNOPSIS : Poor management and maintenance at Alvechurch Marina meant that we lost a full day's cruising of our potential 10 days. The boat was so badly designed that we, as national and international advisers on marine construction and safety issues, felt that some features...More

Thank ExMariner70
Reviewed 6 October 2017

This was a "bucket list" experience, never having been anywhere near a narrowboat beforehand we booked a 5 day hire with friends. Overall the experience was a positive one, a very positive one to be fair but there were a couple of "niggles" that marred...More

Thank Nigel B
Reviewed 4 October 2017

We hadn't been on a canal boat for over 25 years so while we were on holiday for a week we decided to hire one of the day boats. Despite the weather not being too great we had a fun day out and it whetted...More

Thank Hallsga
Reviewed 30 September 2017

This was our first boat trip, so we chose an easy route: to Bath and back with just one lock on the way. The boating company's recommendations and instructions were very helpful, including where to shop and how far to expect to get each day....More

Thank Rebecca G
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

We were recommended to ABC Boat Hire by friends and it didn’t disappoint. There was a group of 9 of us who were celebrating a 70th birthday. We took the route from Anderton towards Middlewich, stopping at The Big Lock pub for lunch. The boat...More

Thank Elaine T
Reviewed 28 September 2017

I had planned this trip for well over a year from the US. You could say this was a dream vacation for us. Upon arrivial the marina was amazing and instructed us well about the boat however, none of the staff had ever experienced the...More

Thank April G
Reviewed 26 September 2017

We had a great time for the weekend. the boat was so warm and clean. staff fantastic friendly so helpful . Would use abc boats anytime

Thank hwebb87
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

We have just returned from a week on the Llangollen canal, we booked the Dune Lark and had a fabulous time. The aquaduct crossing was fantastic and the scenery around Llangollen was something special. Everything you could need is on board, we cooked a roast...More

Thank Lorraine F
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15 August 2017|
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Response from louise_chadwick | Reviewed this property |
only ones that are day trips. Many you do yourself, its easy and so much fun. And you get training before you set of anyway. And they also do lock training, just incase .
Joanna M
4 July 2017|
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Response from windsorsmom | Reviewed this property |
You will be given a quick tutorial and a few basic lessons. You might want to go on line and watch the videos on it. Unless you have a nasty wind, the boats are not too difficult to maneuver. Also check your route. There... More
1 June 2017|
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Response from louise_chadwick | Reviewed this property |
children get fully equip with life jackets etc. and should not go on deck without an adult. my kids at the time were only 3 & 5 and they loved it.