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Skipton Boat Trips

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Address: Coach Street, | Wharf Office, Waterside Court, Skipton BD23 1LH, England
Phone Number: +44 1756 790829
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The best sixty minutes of rib-tickling historic escapism you'll find in...

The best sixty minutes of rib-tickling historic escapism you'll find in Skipton. Our canal trip promises you a guided tour that's fun whatever the weather with the finest countryside views you can get without moving your feet.


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 canal history that's refreshingly different to your average commentary.


Above the jokes and laughter, you'll 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 to 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. Our boat The Cobbydale sails at 10.45Am, 11:50am, 1:00pm, 2:10pm and 3:20pm. (The 10:45am trip runs in the high season, All trips run subject to demand).

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This was our first canal boat experience, and we really enjoyed it. While the scenery for this trip isn't extremely picturesque, the commentary is entertaining and the company... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 8, 2015
Katie S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

This was our first canal boat experience, and we really enjoyed it. While the scenery for this trip isn't extremely picturesque, the commentary is entertaining and the company very polite and well organized!

Thank Katie S
Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Meandering along the canal in a slow moving boat is delightfully peaceful and relaxing. The staff were obliging and informative. Passing down locks is amazing to do if you get the chance- like being part of a different era, you could imagine the barges bringing coal and wool along here. The scenery is what reall makes it. It would appeal... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Lasts around 50mins. Was really relaxing as the autumn leaves were stunning. Funny commentary. You can get drinks on board, cold/hot/alcoholic.

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Caterham, Surrey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

The boat was comfortable and tea/coffee biscuits served en route. The recorded commentary was a recent addition and was hilarious as well as informative. Good for any ages and access not difficult . A very pleasant trip in any weather.

Thank monron9
Hereford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We had a 1 hour trip with canned commentary which was quite interesting and sometimes amusing but the musical interludes in between the commentary was a bit corny. I'm sure they could up with something more appropriate than the songs with references to sailing which had nothing to do with canal boats! Whist some of the commentary was interesting, the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

Great boat trip nice freindly staff . Not badly priced at all we did a hour canal trip and was £8. Canal boat served hot drinks alcholic drinks and softdrinks.not a lot to see up the canal but still enjoyed it.

Thank Michelle M
Durham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We did the 1 hour trip, it was okay but nothing special. However it is something to do when you are looking to fill in time and want a sit down. The on board commentary is very funny and the staff are friendly and polite.

Thank myreviewbydavid
Woodhall Spa, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Lovely peaceful trip on a sunny Saturday in October. The driver is a real character and makes the trip enjoyable

Thank Sue J
Musselburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

Had a lovely time on the boat trip. Chat was informative and funny at times. Had a lovely time lazily gliding along

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Godalming, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

.... just off the Main Street and situated under the canal bridge. We were lucky that a boat was just about to depart and needed a break from walking and the occasional rain The staff are very friendly and the narrative that the guide kept up during the tour of the canal was informative and amusing ... with a few... More 

Thank Williamtje

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