Canal in England surrounded by green hills of Yorkshire The scenic route of the Leeds to Liverpool canal going towards Gargrave, to the backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales.

Welcome to Blue Otter Boats!

Blue Otter Boats is a small, bespoke narrow boat hire company established in 2018. Canal holidays are a relaxing way to discover England, explore heritage sites and simply get away from it all with a countryside retreat on the move.

With a boat on the Leeds to Liverpool Canal in Skipton and another on the Stratford Canal in Wootton Wawen, our objective is to ensure you have a relaxing, safe and memorable canal holiday. Some of our guests are first time boaters while others are seasoned travellers along England’s water highways. If it’s your first time, we’ll go with you through the first swing bridges and locks until you feel confident to go it alone.

Explore the historic routes in Yorkshire and Lancashire or traverse the scenic waterways through Shakespeare’s county to Stratford-upon-Avon. We take pride in providing you with a holiday to remember and a boat you won’t easily forget.

Live the Narrow Boat Dream

When you take the tiller of Blue Otter, and discover canal life on a narrow boat, a sense of freedom and exploration will quickly become addictive. As you drift gently around each bend, through each lock and under every bridge, a new discovery appears.

Venture further afield to discover the history and intrigue of Great Britain’s canals in all their glory, it all depends on how much time you have and how far you wish to go … and how addicted you become to the narrow boating life!

Whether you’re looking for a holiday with a difference or just want to unwind and take life at a more tranquil pace, Blue Otter narrow boats provide convenience and style for a memorable getaway. In these days of Covid-19, they also offer reassurance of self-isolation while still keeping you on the move.

A Seal of Quality

Blue Otter narrow boats are crafted by Nick Thorpe Boatbuilders.

Blue Otter Skipton is a 50ft cruiser built in November 2016.

Blue Otter Stratford is a 60ft cruiser built in February 2017.

Each boat carries a luxurious and elegant feel: More akin to luxury hotel room than Pirates of the Caribbean

A Romp is Taking Shape

 The collective noun for a group of otters is a “Romp”.  If you own a boat or would like to build a boat and become part of the Blue Otter Boat romp, managing your own hire operation under the Blue Otter name, then please contact Mark Hopkins with an email to mark@blueotterboats.com

Narrow boat moored up at dusk to a sunset in Yorkshire. Pretty flowers on the roof of the boat. Navigating the waterway