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This guided tour is fun whatever the weather, featuring the finest countryside views you can get without moving your feet.

  • One-hour tour
  • Daily, March – October
  • Hilarious cruise commentary by Dave Spikey

This is the best 60 minutes of rib-tickling historic escapism you can find in Skipton.

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 shares canal history that’s refreshingly different from your average commentary.

Above the jokes and laughter, you 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 on 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. The Cobbydale sails at 10:45 am, 11:50 am, 1 pm, 2:10 pm, and 3:20 pm (The 10:45 am and 3:20 pm trips run in the high season).

All trips are run subject to demand with a maximum of 60 passengers, and large groups are therefore advised to book well in advance.

Dogs welcome! All we ask for is a donation to the RNLI charity box in return.

See inside the boat