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Typical day when hiring one of our Self-Drive Day Boats

  1. Before your arrival, it is important to pack the essentials. On board, we provide a kettle and hob, however, you will need to bring all other necessary items. For example, if you plan on enjoying a cup of tea during your trip, please bring milk, teabags, cups and spoons. We will provide an ample amount of water for the kettle. We also provide: hand soap, washing up liquid, tea towel, loo roll, and a bin bag. We will gladly prepare a lunch for your group, but you are also more than welcome to bring your own. Please note, there is room for a cooler bag, but no refrigerator. Another option is to visit one of the three pubs on the route, with the most popular being the White Lion in Kildwick, which is about halfway through your day at the turnaround point. Please check in advance for their hours of operation and menu options. View of boats under canal bridge
  2. Don’t forget to dress appropriately, as we do not offer refunds or rebookings for inclement weather in England. It is recommended that you bring rain gear as well as appropriate footwear, as it can be muddy/slippery on the towpath.
  3. On the day of your trip, we recommend arriving at our car park between 9:30 am and 9:45 am. Typically, at this time of the morning, we have ample parking spaces available. However, if our free parking area is full, there is another paid parking area just two minutes walk away. LINK
  4. When you arrive, the person who made the booking (if they are coming) or the person designated as the responsible person will need to go to our office to complete the necessary paperwork. Please note, we also take a £50 deposit when you arrive and check in.
  5. From there, a member of our team, typically one of our experienced Boatmasters, will escort you and your group to your boat, which will be either Bedale or Airedale.a group of people walking across a bridge over a body of water
  6. Upon arriving at the boat, your Boatmaster will conduct a thorough safety briefing, including a detailed checklist and instructions on the safest way to operate the boat. Please make sure to pay attention and ask any questions you may have. If you happen to forget something during the trip, there is a large red book on board with all the necessary information, or you can contact us for assistance. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that you have the best experience possible, and will be happy to assist you in any way we can. As a last resort we can also send someone out to help you.
  7. At the end of the demonstration, once everyone is comfortable with the boat’s operation, the Boatmaster will take you on a brief sail to ensure that every member of your group who will be captaining the boat is satisfied with the boat’s handling. From here you’ll sail off into the (hopefully) sunshine to enjoy your day. 99% of our customers head in the Leeds direction, and turn around in a small village called Kildwick. You can go the other way towards Gargrave, but you are not permitted to go through any locks.a group of people walking across a bridge over a body of water