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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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Description: 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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Very enjoyable short ride behind the castle

One of our group was disabled but the helpful staff helped her on board. Enjoyable narration gives an understanding of this canal branch.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Teesside
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Enjoyable one hour canal trip south as far as Rendezvous Hotel on Keighley Road, witty commentary by on board comedian, nice helpful staff also

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Cheshire
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12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

One of our group was disabled but the helpful staff helped her on board. Enjoyable narration gives an understanding of this canal branch.

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

we went on a half hour trip on the canal boat. A very pleasant trip the canal boat driver new all the facts about the canals and various buildings along the way.

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The canal boat was full with a very good commentary and some music and a small cafe/ bar. Staff all polite and friendly well worth a visit.

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Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

pleasant trip and fairly cheap, some great views along the canal and a very good boat driver.very informative, pointing out sites, relaxing trip,so get on board and enjoy,not too long so that it gets boring

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sheffield
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Great one hour trip, with a commentary provided by the comedian 'Dave Spikey'. Refreshments available and toilet facilities. The boat was spotlessly clean and the staff knowledgeable.

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harrogate Yorks
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Visited Skipton with the family today, decided to do the Boat Trip, so glad we did, a lovely hour spent on the canal, and a stroke of genius to have Dave Spikey doing the commentary very amusing

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Just returned from a fabulous 70th birthday party for my sister-in-law aboard The Dalesman. The boat was clean and very comfortable and the care and attention from the cheerful staff was faultless. The trip was greatly enjoyed by young and old and the pies and mash were delicious. Thanks for a great day out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

I honestly thought when booking how hard can it be to control a canal boat? Well after our rocky start and getting the hang of it, we loved it! Colin was most helpful when giving us the half an hour lesson! The boat was perfect! Very clean and had all the little things like tea and coffee. The scenery was... More 

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carnforth
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17 reviews 17 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Sorry to say we were very disappointed with this trip,apart from the Dave Spikey commentary,which was fairly amusing in parts.I expected to see canal architecture and other items of interest,but there were none,apart from green fields it was extremely boring and I'm not normally easily bored.

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