Calcutt Boats Ltd
Tomlow Road
Stockton, Southam
Warwickshire, CV47 8HX
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)1926 813757
Fax:           +44 (0)1926 814091

Home Narrow Boat Hire Booking Routes
Contact Us Careers Our Location Privacy Policy

Copyright © 2023 Calcutt Boats Ltd

Registered in England 1173152

Click here to buy canal guide books -

We do allow pets on our boats, but ask that they are kept off the seats and bedding. One pet can travel for free, for 2 pets (maximum), we charge £30.
Please advise us at the time of booking if you will be bringing your pet.
We do reserve one of our Sorrel class as a pet free boat, please advise us at the time of booking if this is your preference.

Bedding is provided for you, free of charge - double and single duvets with covers and sheets as required, with a pillow per berth.
There are extra blankets onboard, but you will need to bring your own towels.
Please advise us what combination of doubles/singles you would like when you book.

Fuel and gas
Your balance payment will have included a Fuel Deposit of £100. On your return to base the amount of fuel used will be calculated and the difference refunded to you.
If, after an extended cruise, the value of the fuel exceeds that of the Fuel Deposit held, you will be required to make up the additional cost.
Bottled gas for cooking and heating (some classes) is included in the hire charge.

Car Parking
While you are away on holiday your car can be left with us in open-air parking. Parking is free, but at your own risk.
The main entrance to our site is locked at night for extra security.

Arrival and return times
Arrival times vary slightly between 2pm and 3.30pm - we will confirm your arrival time to you in a letter on receipt of your balance payment.
Boats are to be returned to base by 9am and vacated by 9.30am.

Overseas visitors
If you are travelling to us from an airport we would suggest taking a train to either Leamington Spa or Rugby station and then a taxi on to us,this is often the simplest option. The airport's own website should provide information on train times or you could try .
Bedding and towels are provided for overseas visitors.
We can provide a groceries service, so please let us know if you would like to take advantage of this. If you provide us with a list, we will organise to have your groceries onboard for when you arrive.

Single handing

There must be at least two adults over the age of 18 in every party unless otherwise agreed at the time of booking.

When you take over your boat we will give you as much tuition as you - and we - feel you need, including practice in going through a lock. Two of you will then be asked to sign an instruction sheet and from here on in you are responsible for the boat.
There is a manual onboard which contains lots of helpful information about your boat, locking, mooring and your safety.

Navigation and routes
Cruising couldn't be simpler. You don't even have to worry about "port" and "starboard" - it's "left" and "right" on the canals!
All the routes available to you from our base are detailed for you on the 'routes' page. Once you have decided on a route, you might like to buy a map book to help you plan your cruise.
We stock Nicholsons Guides and Pearsons Guides - if you want to get started sooner than later, click on the banner at the bottom of the page to go the Guidepost website for free delivery :)
If we can help you, please call or email.

On the canals you can moor almost anywhere you like on the towpath side, although some thought should be given to other waterway travellers by keeping clear of locks, bridges and turning places.
Sometimes official moorings have bollards or rings that you can tie up to. Our boats are all equipped with mooring stakes and a mallet, so your options are not limited.

Our boats are licensed for all the canals and waterways maintained by The Canal and River Trust, which includes nearly all the routes open to Calcutt boaters.
However, there are charges for travelling on the rivers Thames, Wey and Warwickshire Avon, these are payable en route.
Please advise us if you intend to navigate any rivers as you will require an anchor.

Canals mean slow boating. Technically there is a limit of 4mph, but in practice it is rarely possible to achieve even this speed. Normal cruising will cover around 2 or 3 miles in an hour, which is a moderate walking speed. A good way to judge pace is to keep an eye on the boat's wake. If the wash breaks into a wave the engine is probably running too fast.
Ease off, and the boat may actually travel quicker!

General Booking Information