07710 631683
Sun & Mon: Closed
Tue - Sat: 9am-5pm

Day Boat Hire


As many of you will be aware, the day hire narrowboat facility at Barbridge Marina REMAINS CLOSED, and at present, we are not currently taking any future day hire bookings for the foreseeable.

This is primarily due to the CoronaViris COVID-19 restrictions that are required to safely manage the narrowboat's usage and help to prevent the transmission of the virus. We will only re-open the hire facility when it is viable and as safe as possible to do so.

We apologise for this inconvenience trusting you understand our reasons for withdrawing this service.

 Monday to FridaySat,Sun & BH
January to June£80£130
July and August£120£150
September to December£80£130
The above prices are inclusive of VAT at 20%
Spend the day ...
... cruising the Shropshire Union in our superb purposely designed 32ft day hire canal narrowboat. It has been designed and equipped for a single day out on the canal.

With simple to operate controls and ten miles of canal to explore, this day hire narrowboat is big enough to comfortably accommodate up to eight persons for the day, yet short enough to make it easy to navigate.

Celebrate a birthday, special event or just a great day out. Cruising the canal at a slower pace of life is a great way to unwind, taking in the fresh air and enjoying your relaxation time with family and friends.

If you've never experienced life on the canal, try it with family or friends for the day! Our easy to operate dayboat is based out of our Marina at Barbridge Junction. Safety features and training are provided and our narrowboat allows for plenty of room inside for all weathers for up to 8 people. Our boat is easy to handle and has a toilet, crockery, cutlery and glassware included, as well as a two ring hob, fridge and a microwave. There is even heating onboard, in case the wonderful British weather changes its mind!

Our day hire narrowboat is available from 9am to 5pm only and must be returned on time.

A refundable deposit is required until the boat is safely returned back to base.

Complete the 'Day Hire Enquiry Form' below.

Max capacity:Eight persons max at any time
Pets:No pets allowed on board
Duration:Only available 9am til 5pm per day
Booking:Dates are not guaranteed until deposit received and confirmed

No previous experience?

For hirers who have had no previous experience of handling a narrowboat, DON'T WORRY!
There are no locks to navigate and tuition is given to novices at no extra cost on the day of your hire, in addition to the standard narrowboat day hire boat briefing.

Not want the responsibility?

We can also offer the services of a 'Skipper' for the day. This must be by prior notice at the time of booking and is provided at additional cost over the prices detailed above. For this optional additional charge, you can have an experienced 'skipper' look after the boatfor you, so you are free to enjoy your narrowboat experience day without the responsibility of handling the boat. This service is ONLY available Monday to Friday.


If you are new to canal boating, hiring a boat for the first time or setting out with a boat can be daunting.

All hirers, whether new or experienced, should watch this video, prepared by the 'Canal River Trust', to help better equip you on how to handle your canal boat, safely and confidently. With this knowledge you can spend the day enjoying your day hire on the Shropshire Union Canal.

To enquire about any of our Day Hire services,
or call 07710 631683
or use the Day hire enquiry facility below.
  • Up to 8 persons
  • Available all year round (subject to weather)
  • Based out of our Marina at Barbridge Junction
  • 10 miles of cruising available
  • Three directions of cruising
  • No locks to navigate
  • Previous experience not necessary
  • 'Skipper' service available
  • Free Car Parking
Our boat is equipped with the following:
  • Hob and oven
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • 12 volt and 230v sockets
  • Blown air heating system
  • CD/Radio
  • Hot/cold water
  • Toilet
  • Full set of cutlery, glasses & crockery
Midway Boats Canal Day Hire

Terms & Conditions of Day Hire

  1. Booking
    1. This booking is between you (‘the Hirer’) and Midway Boats Limited (‘the Company’)
  2. Application
    1. These conditions apply whether or not a contract of hire has been entered into as a result of a quotation being offered and accepted or whether a contract has been made verbally or in writing.
  3. Quotations
    1. Quotations are made subject to the boat suiting the Hirer's requirements being available at the time of acceptance. Quotations are based on costs prevailing at the time and in accordance with details provided by the hirer.
  4. Terms of Booking
    1. A non-refundable deposit of £50.00 will be required at the time of booking.
    2. The balance of the hire is payable the day of hire prior to taking the boat
    3. Payments may be made by credit card, cash or by cheque, made payable to ‘Midway Boats Limited’
    4. A damage deposit of £100 must be paid at the time of booking. This will be returned in full on the return of the boat in the same condition as prior to the hire. Alternatively for an extra payment of £20 we will cover any damage caused.
    5. Full contact details for the Hirer must be provided prior to booking
    6. The number of people in the party must be provided prior to booking
    7. The Company will not accept bookings from hirers under the age of 18 years
    8. The Company reserves the right to refuse to hand over the boat to any person, who in their opinion is not suitable to take charge
    9. Non-fulfilment of the booking due to maintenance, interruptions, damage, problems or defects in cruising or severe adverse weather conditions
    10. A refund of the full amount of the booking will be paid if the booking has to be cancelled due to the fault of the Company
  5. Conditions of Hire
    1. No more than 8 people may be aboard the boat at any time. You may not exceed the boats maximum capacity of 8 people. We reserve the right to terminate the hire immediately if we believe that the capacity has been breached
    2. The boat is available to hire all year round from 9am to 5pm
    3. You must arrive at the Marina on the day of hire at 9am for a briefing about the use of the boat
    4. The boat must be returned before 5pm. You will be charged and additional £20.00 per hour if returned late
    5. The boat must not be taken through any locks
    6. Life Jackets are provided for the Hirer and all their party at no extra charge. All children must wear a life jacket at all times while on board the boat
    7. Pets may not be taken on the boat
  6. Insurance
    1. The company insures the boat against public liability risks
    2. The policy does not cover personal accident or the Hirers personal belongings
  7. Safety Rules
    1. The Hirer agrees to observe all the following rules relating to Health and Safety of the persons on the boat, other persons and the boat and other property: -
      1. Not to use the boat to tow other crafts
      2. To observe the 4mph speed limit
      3. Not to allow any portable heaters, dinghies or inflatables on the boat
      4. Not to allow on board any inflammable liquids, substances, gas cylinders, car batteries, firearms or any other items which have the potential to cause harm.
      5. The boat is not to be controlled by a person under the age of 18yrs at any time or who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs
      6. All byelaws and British Waterways instructions and advice must be adhered to
      7. Life jackets are recommended for all persons but must be worn by children under the age of 18yrs
  8. Accidents
    1. The Hirer is responsible for the safe navigation of the boat. If there is any accident or damage to the boat, the hirer must: -
      1. Obtain the names and addresses of any people aboard another boat involved, including the boat owner
      2. Notify the boat owner immediately with details of the damage
      3. Not under any circumstances admit or allow any other person aboard the boat admit liability
    2. If the Company’s insurance is invalidated or affected by any act of the Hirer then the Hirer shall indemnify the company in respect of all liability claims, loss, damage or expenses incurred
  9. Exemption
    1. The Company shall not be liable for any matter arising which was out of the reasonable control of the Company at the time of its occurrence and was not due to the negligence of the Company, including: -
      1. Death or personal injury of the hirers or their crew
      2. Loss or damage to property
      3. Non-fulfilment of the booking due to maintenance, interruptions, damage, problems or defects in cruising or severe adverse weather conditions
      4. A refund of the full amount of the booking will be paid if the booking has to be cancelled due to the fault of the Company
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