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Address: Waterside Court Coach Street | Wharf Office, Waterside Court, Skipton BD23 1LH, England
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+44 1756 790829
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

The best sixty minutes of rib-tickling historic escapism you'll find in...

The best sixty minutes of rib-tickling historic escapism you'll find in Skipton. Our canal trip promises you a guided tour that's fun whatever the weather with the finest countryside views you can get without moving your feet.


Your guide for the canal tour is award-winning comedian Dave Spikey of Phoenix Nights and 8 Out of 10 Cats fame. With his characteristic Northern patter, Dave takes you on a whistle-stop tour of Skipton and canal history that's refreshingly different to your average commentary.


Above the jokes and laughter, you'll hear points of interest and fascinating stories of how the Leeds & Liverpool canal delivered the lifeblood of the industrial revolution through Yorkshire. There's food and drink on board too so it's a fun twist to your lunchtime break.


Our lively canal trip proves you don't have to let planning or nasty weather get in the way of a good time. Our boat The Cobbydale sails at 10.45Am, 11:50am, 1:00pm, 2:10pm and 3:20pm. (The 10:45am trip runs in the high season, All trips run subject to demand).

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went on boat trip with my wife and children found it very present and my seven year old as been wanting to go on a boat ride all the summer this was ideal for us to taker her on... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 October 2016
sophia d
New York
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Skipton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

We took our family on one of these boat trips. The staff were ever so helpful with my mobility problems and made sure i got on the boat safely..we had a lovely afternoon and loved the commentry. If you havent been on one yet then i would recommend this one. (1 hour long i think). Great fun.

Thank Mel B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

After using various hotels for our staff Christmas parties in previous years we were looking for something a little bit different and booked The Dalesman with Skipton boat trips. We booked a 3 hour trip for 25 guests with Christmas dinner served on the boat. Our team ranges in age from 18 years to 50s and everyone thoughrally enjoyed it!... More 

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Bingley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Absolute blast, food was lovely and Sue the Crew and girls on the bar were friendly, welcoming and just brilliant!! They allowed us to pretty much do as we pleased which made for a perfect evening. Thank you defo recommend x

Thank clairead29
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Friendly driver. Very relaxing and enjoyable experience. Would definitely recommend if in the area! Very reasonably priced too!

Thank Jackie T
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

This was really good and so cheap the kids loved it feeding the ducks this boat is worth a trip it only 30 minutes

Thank dianebunting1968
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

What a disappointment! A 2 hour drive to absolute rubbish!! The waitress came round once in the whole 2.5hour trip to take drink orders. When we asked if we could order another drink she replied she isn't taking drinks orders now! Meaning we sat for the whole trip and ate our lunch with only one glass of Coca Cola! As... More 

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New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

went on boat trip with my wife and children found it very present and my seven year old as been wanting to go on a boat ride all the summer this was ideal for us to taker her on she really enjoyed it

Thank sophia d
Hullbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We went on the Skipton canal boat trip last weekend as part of a coach trip it lasted an hour and was great fun sailing along the canal looking at all the scenery. Tea/Coffee was offered free to our coach party. This was our second trip on the canal we hired a boat the last time to sail ourselves but... More 

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Pudsey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

On a cold morning, we've arrived Skipton and eagerly awaiting for Skipton Boat trips after reading their reviews. We had fantastic opportunity to sit in front deck of the boat and had a short,but wonderful trip. The canal was short, but the boat ride meant something special to us and we had a small bar at the boat to cherish... More 

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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Lovely peaceful trip along the canal seeing the Yorkshire countryside with a good commentary of the history of places we were passing.

Thank Grandma222

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