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Canal Cruises on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

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About Skipton Boat Trips

What makes our boat trips the best? Some people say it’s how peaceful they feel as we drift by the lush green Yorkshire Dales on our gentle canal cruises. But everyone agrees it’s the efforts of our thoughtful crew that bring them back.

With over 30 years of running boat trips, we’ve helped put the fun back into planning the perfect day out. We would love to help you plan your perfect day in Skipton aboard one of our comfortable canal boats, whether it’s a chartered cruise or you want to be your own skipper on one of our day boats.

We take extra care before, during, and after your booking to make your experience more enjoyable!

2023 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Award Winners

2021 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Award Winners

Fantastic event, 3rd time booking

"This is our 3rd time going on the santa cruise and it never fails. Each year has been fantastic. My daughter absolutely loves it and the present she receives, she's always so happy with. They take there time to read about your child and make it so believable to them by knowing there likes, achievements and even bad points 🤣.very welcoming and will definitely be booking again next year."

– ck112013 ⋅ TripAdvisor
A fantastic birthday party

"Booked the for myself and 44 guests to have a fish and chip lunch for my birthday. The staff on board were great and looked after my guests extremely well and Jen and James were a pleasure to work with whilst making all the arrangements. A great experience - would highly recommend"

– Steph W ⋅ TripAdvisor
boat trip

"absolutely brilliant evening on the fish and chips cruise the food was delicious this was the second trip for us both times the staff are fantastic very friendly and helpful helping to get my disabled wife on and off the boat where ready for our next trip I would highly recommend the cruises thank you guys"

– Keith R ⋅ TripAdvisor
Super Duper

"Excellent turned a miserable rainy day into a pleasurable experience. Tea and biscuits on board. Bar available for something stronger. Seating comfortable. Small toilet near the bar. Staff pleasant."

– Susan H ⋅ TripAdvisor

The Leeds & Liverpool Canal

The canal itself is Britain’s longest, at 127 miles, and was originally used for transporting coal, stone, cloth, and other cargo after its completion in 1816.

Of course, the canal’s busy industrial heyday has now passed, but the Leeds and Liverpool Canal is still enjoyed by thousands as a brilliant way of exploring the area, reliving the past, and relaxing as the world passes by.

About Skipton, England

Skipton is the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales National Park and was voted the best place to live in the U.K. in 2014. It’s a wonderful historic market town situated in North Yorkshire, right in the heart of beautiful scenery.

It’s not hard to see why Skipton is such a popular tourist destination, with the superbly preserved 900-year old medieval Skipton Castle, famous open-air Skipton market, spectacular limestone cliffs at Malham to the west, celebrated beauty of Bolton Abbey to the east, and of course the Leeds and Liverpool Canal passing right through the centre.