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Northampton Marina - Blackthorn Lake Marina Ringstead Northamptonshire. Canal Boat Hire - Day Boat Hire

Rent our Day Hire Narrowboat

Bring a picnic, your family and friends and enjoy the peace of the waterways, the challenge of the locks and the ever changing views from the River Nene in the vicinity of the village of Ringstead.

‘The Rose of the Nene’ can accommodate up to 8 people and has a cabin with a galley kitchen and toilet compartment.  The galley kitchen has a sink and gas hob, and is equipped with crockery, cutlery, kettle, teapot, saucepans, bottle opener and washing up materials. 

Through the galley kitchen is a covered seating area with side screens which can be rolled up on sunny days, or kept down to keep the rain out if you should be unlucky with the weather. 

The boat is small (about 40 foot) and easy to handle, even for a beginner.  Full tuition on the operation of the boat and locks will be given, and novice crews will be accompanied through the first lock or two.

There are 2 routes to choose from.  Going east from Ringstead through the countryside passing the villages of Woodford then Denford and onto Thrapston and Islip and beyond before turning back.  Going west from Ringstead, again going through the countryside, past the back of Stanwick Lakes, which is an area of Special Scientific Interest, then on past Irthlingborough.

We recommend you bring a picnic, but there are pubs at Denford and Islip which serve meals.  The Visitor Centre at Stanwick Lakes is also well worth a visit and they have a café on site serving hot and cold drinks and snacks.

Day Boat Hire Times and Charges

9am – 5.30pm (or sunset if earlier)

Weekdays - £110

Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays - £140

How to book

Simply call 01933 622038 to check availability.  You can then pay the full hire fee by sending us a cheque or a £45 cash deposit.  We will then collect a £50 refundable deposit from you (CASH ONLY, PLEASE) on your arrival as a security against the boat returned dirty, damaged or late.  Please note no more than 8 passengers are allowed.

Full information can be found on the hire boats own website by clicking the link below

Boat Hire Northamptonshire