Room Description

From your starting point in Skipton you can go east or west to discover England’s canal heritage against a backdrop of rolling hills.

Comfortably accommodating 2 adults, with a main bedroom and two chairs in the lounge, you can meander along the canals in style. When friends decided to join your journey, there is a space to create a guest air mattress for two in the living area.

Explore the counties of North Yorkshire and Lancashire as you’ve never seen them before. Cruise the Leeds and Liverpool Canal to discover some of the country’s most beautiful canalside scenery, quaint cafes, award-winning pubs and restaurants and lesser-known pathways to popular attractions.

Within minutes on board you’ll enjoy a charming canal boat experience. How far you go depends on how often and how long you wish to stop. You decide the route and the pace to go as far or stay as near as you wish.

If you wish to cruise longer and further, 15% savings on the website price quoted applies to all bookings over 2 full weeks and more. Prices will be quoted on email confirmation or send us an enquiry with your request to ben@blueotterboats.com

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Saltaire or Barnoldswick

Long Weekends on board Blue Otter begin Friday 2:00pm and last until Monday 9:30am the next week. Comfortably accommodating 2 adults in the bedroom at the bow, couples can enjoy exploring a picturesque countryside together. Over three days you can cruise east and down the famous Bingley Five-Rise Locks and back, or journey west through the Foulridge Tunnel and back.

Arguably the most impressive feats of engineering on the Leeds-Liverpool canal, the five-rise locks near Bingley is one of the earliest parts of the canal network to completed and is now a Grade 1 listed structure. Built in 1774 it is the steepest flight of locks in the UK, with a gradient of about 1:5 (a rise of 60 ft over a distance of 320 ft).

You'll no doubt be the envy of many a friend, so should they visit you along the way, they can stay overnight on a foldable futon that fits in the living area to the back of the boat.

Within minutes on board you’ll enjoy a truly wonderful canal boat experience. How far you go depends on how often and how long you wish to stop and admire the attractions and pubs along the way. You decide the route and the pace to go as far or stay as near as you wish. The main thing is, you’re on a bespoke narrowboat called Blue Otter.

If you wish to cruise longer and further, 15% savings on the price quoted applies to all bookings of 2 full weeks and more. Prices will be quoted on email confirmation or send us an enquiry with your request.

Leeds or Burnley

Leeds is the ideal destination for anyone with a penchant for a city break on a boat. Along the way you can take walks along the canal, through valleys and woodlands and taking in an abundance of historical treats along the way, all to a stunning backdrop of breathtaking scenery. Arrive in Leeds and moor up next to the main train station, for a little city exploring before the two-and-a-half-day cruise back to Skipton.

The emergence of Leeds as an industrial powerhouse was one of the reasons for the creation of the Leeds-Liverpool canal. The area around the train station and the Granary Wharf shopping centre. You can still find architectural clues from the 1800s with the ’dark arches’ tunnel complex that elevates the station above the canal and the river.

A Blue Otter narrowboat trip to Leeds is the perfect solution for a short break on the canals to combine a good dose of city flair with countryside charm.

If you wish to cruise longer and further, 15% savings on the price quoted applies to all bookings of 2 full weeks and more. Prices will be quoted on email confirmation or send us an enquiry with your request.

Leeds or Blackburn

Pick up your narrowboat on Friday afternoon and return her the following Friday morning. In the meantime, explore the Leeds-Liverpool canal that Lancashire and Yorkshire have a shared for over 200 years. The longest canal in Britain and built as a single waterway, it meanders through the northern heartlands of the Industrial Revolution. Follow signposts of history, engineering excellence and the working life of people from the past along the 127 mile route.

The emergence of Leeds as an industrial powerhouse was one of the reasons for the creation of the Leeds-Liverpool canal. The area around the train station and the Granary Wharf shopping centre. You can still find architectural clues from the 1800s with the ’dark arches’ tunnel complex that elevates the station above the canal and the river.

To the west of Skipton you can visit Burnley within a week's cruising there and back. The Weavers’ Triangle was the area that allowed Burnley to become one the biggest cotton producing towns in the world and saw its population boom in the space of a few decades. The canal did not only provide tranportation for goods but also allowed the mills to draw water to power their steam powered engines. The area has been wonderfully preserved and is maintained today by the Canal & River Trust. You can safely moor here for a short walk into town and discover Burnley undergoing a tasteful transformation

Along the route you can see herons, terrapins, swans, grebes, moorhens and coots all nesting in the shallow waters of the banks of the canal.

If you wish to cruise longer and further, 15% savings on the price quoted applies to all bookings of 2 full weeks and more. Prices will be quoted on email confirmation or send us an enquiry with your request.