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“Returning for more fun on the water”

Ellerbeck Narrowboats
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are absolute patrons of Ellerbeck Narrowboats, returning as we have regularly for the better part of fifteen years. This is the ultimate in relaxation, 4MPH maximum speed limit, no traffic, calming water all around, several pubs/restaurants to visit on the trip and all backed up with a very professional owner/operator who cares about his clientele. For a day out with a difference and a great way to spend relaxing family time together, book a boat and have an amazing time.

Thank Mark Steven C
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Lucien B, Owner at Ellerbeck Narrowboats, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hey Steven, you're going to make me blush all this praise!!! Thank you so much for your return visits and that you have been every year since we took the boats over back in April 2008. We value your glowing review and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Many thanks

Lucien @ Ellerbeck Narrowboats

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

From booking to actual trip... every thing was a great experience. Lucien the owner greeted us really warmly, great demo of how to steer the narrow boat. Everything we needed was already on the boat from plates, glasses to kettle and bog roll . Very easy to steer. Recommend to stop off at one of the pubs on route. Fantastic first experience of a narrow boat. Thank you

Thank Kevin H
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Lucien B, Owner at Ellerbeck Narrowboats, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Kevin, thanks for your great review of your recent booking with from making the booking, the service you received from us and the venue's along the way.

I was a pleasure to see you both and Sky the dog too!!

See you again soon.

Lucien

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

I took my other half on a ride for her birthday and it was amazing, the boat is easier to drive than most people think and on top of everything else the staff were very friendly.
100% recommended for day out with loved ones.

Thank Numan1994
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Lucien B, Owner at Ellerbeck Narrowboats, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2018

Hey!! Many thanks for your great review which allows others to see another idea for an occasion to hire our boats.

I'm pleased that the two of you had an amazing trip on our boat and that you found us very friendly.

Your kind review is very much appreciated.

Lucien @ Ellerbeck Narrowboats

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Reviewed 10 March 2018

Great day out on narrow boat. Very helpful staff. Took the boat to one end of allowed stretch and moored up to cook bacon butties for all. Turned the boat around and slowed the boat down for a relaxing sedate cruise. Good time had by all. Thank you

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Lucien B, Owner at Ellerbeck Narrowboats, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

Hi Chris,

Thanks for your review. Really pleased that you had a chilled out relaxing day and you enjoyed the surroundings of our permitted route.

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Reviewed 12 February 2018

We hired a narrowboat through Ellerbeck Narrowboats for the day as a surprise for my dad's birthday. This is something that he has wanted to do for a long time, and it did not disappoint! The canal is a lovely relaxing place to spend time together as a family. Despite the cold weather (February), the day was just perfect!

I found Ellerbeck Narrowboats to be a highly professional outfit, right from the start. After making a reservation online, the company called back within an hour to discuss and confirm the booking. Confirmation emails were received in a timely manner.

On the day of our trip we were greeted by the owner. The boat was very clean and well maintained, and very well equipped with cutlery, pots, pans, towels and a kettle. The briefing was very informative and detailed, but delivered in a very pleasant way, which interested both adults and children alike in our party. The "trial sail" with the owner was very useful and reassuring before we set off on our own.

The owners are very helpful and I have no doubt that nothing would be too much trouble.

This is a very professional and friendly company - we can't recommend them highly enough! We shall certainly be booking another trip soon.

Thank you very much to all at Ellerbeck Narrowboats.

Thank iainbarker
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Lucien B, Owner at Ellerbeck Narrowboats, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Hi Iain

Many thanks for your great review of us during our quieter months to help promote the fact that we operate all year round.

Your praise is very much appreciated and I'm pleased that you enjoyed the experience of using our company and of the service received by us on the day. It was our pleasure and am pleased that your dad had a great birthday.

Sorry I wasn't there when you came back and I hope to see you all again soon.

Lucien @ Ellerbeck Narrowboats

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