We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ellerbeck Narrowboats

Chorley, United Kingdom
More
About Ellerbeck Narrowboats
Ellerbeck Narrowboats offers self-steer canal boat hire along the Leeds and Liverpool canal. With no experience or license necessary, you could be boating through the beautiful countryside at a time that suits you. Families, parties, work and club outings all welcome
Read more
Open Now
Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
See all hours
Travelers talk about
299Reviews6Q&A
Traveler rating
  • 284
  • 12
  • 3
  • 0
  • 0
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
Nathan D wrote a review Nov 2020
Woodplumpton, United Kingdom1 contribution
My partner and I took our 5 and 11 year old for a trip at the end of half term as we wanted to do something different to our usual routine. From the initial enquiry, to booking and then the actual day the process was simple and enjoyable. The boat was clean and equipped with a basic amenities such as a sink, stove and a toilet. Due to COVID restrictions we had to take our own cups and plates but were advised of this at the time of booking so not a problem. Before embarking on our journey we were also given a safety briefing and lesson on how to operate the boat. The location allows you to go north or south, we chose to go north past Botany Bay as we had booked in for lunch at the Malthouse Farm pub (which is also definitely worth a visit - good food and atmosphere). It took us about 2 hours to complete the outward journey although we were a little faster coming back - I put this down to getting used to the boat and feeling more confident. I think due to the time of year the canal was very quiet and we actually only passed one other boat the whole time which meant we didn’t have to navigate too many obstacles! The canal passes through both wooded/grassed areas and also close to the motorway in parts but you tend to not notice this as there is so much to see on the water (we spotted kingfishers and lots of ducks). Both the kids really enjoyed the day out and we said we would like to return in the summer to experience the canal at this time of year. All in all I would highly recommend Ellerbeck Narrowboats for a fun, reasonably priced family day out!
Read more
Date of experience: October 2020
Helpful
Share
Wes wrote a review Oct 2020
1 contribution
An excellent day out great value. The kids and adults loved it even the rain didn't put us off. Lucius was very helpful and friendly thanks again wes
Read more
Date of experience: October 2020
Helpful
Share
Response from Lucien B, Owner at Ellerbeck Narrowboats
Responded Oct 25, 2020
Thank you Wes, it was a pleasure to have you all on board and am pleased that the weather didn't put you off although you did look a little wet when you came back :-) Lucien @ Ellerbeck Narrowboats
Read more
Danielle A wrote a review Oct 2020
Manchester, United Kingdom10 contributions1 helpful vote
We had a brilliant family day out on the boat today. Everyone from start to finish was so lovely and helpful, and the rain in the morning didn’t dampen our spirits. Turned into a beautifully afternoon, pub lunch was fantastic and only an hour’s drive on the boat away from where we “set sail”. All 4 of us really enjoyed ourselves - highly recommended- thank you 😊
Read more
Date of experience: October 2020
Helpful
Share
Response from Lucien B, Owner at Ellerbeck Narrowboats
Responded Oct 24, 2020
Hi Danielle Thank you so much for such a great review and I am pleased the rain cleared up and you had a great afternoon following your pub lunch. This lets everyone know that pubs that serve food are still open and you can still enjoy your day on board our boats even during Covid and at this time of year. See you all again soon Lucien @ Ellerbeck Narrowboats
Read more
Gazzor72 wrote a review Oct 2020
Lostock, United Kingdom73 contributions45 helpful votes
Booked at last minute and messaged owner on Facebook Messenger who was quick replying to our questions. We took a picnic and the Blue boat. We turned right and went all the way beyond Botany Bay and had some lunch at The Malt House (ordered ahead via their app). Was a really enjoyable trip, boat was relatively easy to use. It had everything we needed on it. Even teenagers loved it so will definitely be returning. Thanks
Read more
Date of experience: October 2020
Helpful
Share
Response from Lucien B, Owner at Ellerbeck Narrowboats
Responded Oct 24, 2020
Hi Gary, If we have last minute availability its a good way to contact us through Facebook Messenger on our website or through Whatsapp from Facebook itself and we'll do all we can to prepare a boat for you. I appreciate your comment saying that the boat had everything you needed, but I'd just like to take the opportunity to tell others that, due to Covid, we've had to remove all the mugs, glasses, plates, cutlery, pots and pans although we have left the gas kettle on board to use on the gas hob. It didn't even occur to me to use the Greene King app to book a table and order your food at The Malthouse Farm, what a great idea. I am pleased that the teenagers enjoyed the day too and it proves that hiring a boat for the day is really a great day out for all the family. See you all again soon Lucien
Read more
Carl wrote a review Oct 2020
Chorley, United Kingdom1 contribution
Best family day out ever! Staff were so friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. We were given full instruction when we arrived, and were soon relaxed and enjoying the scenery. Easy to cook on board and the children enjoyed burgers and hot dogs for lunch. Highly recommend for young children and teenagers! Great value. We will definitely be visiting again. Thank you to everyone for making it such a successful day.
Read more
Date of experience: October 2020
Helpful
Share
Response from Lucien B, Owner at Ellerbeck Narrowboats
Responded Oct 13, 2020
Hi Carl, Thank you so much for such a great review and I'm so pleased you enjoyed your day on the canal and with Ellerbeck Narrowboats. See you all again very soon. Lucien @ Ellerbeck Narrowboats
Read more
Previous