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“Relaxing cruise to Burton-on-Trent and back to...”
Narrowboat Hire on the Trent and Mersey canal at Shardlow
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Narrowboat Hire on the Trent and Mersey canal at Shardlow
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5
Shardlow, Derbyshire, England

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Daniel H
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Relaxing cruise to Burton-on-Trent and back to Shardlow”
Reviewed August 16, 2018 for a stay in August 2018

We collected the boat on Friday at around 2:30pm, Mick showed us around the boat, giving us good guidance on what (and what not) to do. He answered all our questions and made us feel comfortable with the boat.

We've hired many boats over the years, but never a narrowboat. The boat was clean and tidy with fresh bedding, toilet rolls, towels, cutlery, mugs, plates, bowls, etc, etc. all on board and all in good clean condition.

Even the fuel is included in the hire cost, which is real benefit as it is advisable to keep the engine running whilst navigating the locks.

Just a couple of comments to make about the boat - It will comfortably fit 4 people onboard in the rear double and centre double or 2 single berths. To get any more people onboard would mean using the supplied camping bed in the forward part of the boat. We were a party of 3 so it was no problem for us.
There is a leather easy chair in the forward part of the boat, which is a bit of a waste of space in my opinion. A bench sofa that converts into another bed, would be better and might make that area feel less cramped.
The only other comment is that the engine or prop has an awful rattle at 1000 revs, so I'd advise keep the revs just under that. You shouldn't be going any faster anyway, 900 revs is just right - walking speed!

All in all, it's a very competitely priced boat and given that there are at least a further 3 routes to explore from Shardlow, we will definitely be booking it again in the future.

Now a bit of useful general info..

Locks - Remember to open the ground paddle(s) first in the larger locks, it'll save you time and is much safer than just opening the gate paddle(s). There are so many helpful boaters on the canal, that we soon learned how to handle locks, some of which are babies (Shardlow Lock No. 2) and some are monsters (Aston Lock No.3).
I'd advise that you don't rely solely on the centre rope, when passing through locks (especially the big ones), have someone onboard controlling the boats movement, with the engine. Water is extremely powerful and will move your boat forwards, backwards and side to side, within the lock, which can be quite dangerous, if you aren't paying attention.
Keep clear of the lock cills, they are marked with white paint on the top of the lock wall.

Marinas - Mercia Marina is nice to visit and the sign on the canal says you can. Shobnall Marina is also a beautiful marina, but you aren't allowed to take your boat in. Moor on the towpath and walk to the marina shop/cafe, have a look at the pretty boat entrance and enjoy an ice-cream by the fish pond.

Route - plan your route before hand, so you know roughly where you'll be and when, but be flexible - sometimes you will have to wait at locks. Don't forget to plan for a place to turn around. The boat is 52ft long, so can't just be turned anywhere. Use canalplan.org, the timings it produces are almost bang on. There are several routes already printed out for you, onboard.

We had the boat from Friday to Monday and made Shobnall Marina and back, with plenty of stops for food, drinks and walkies with the hound.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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jane n
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“Great holiday”
Reviewed July 11, 2018 for a stay in July 2018
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Had a fantastic time on the boat .it was well maintained clean and had everything we needed.thank you Jane Alyson and family x

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rooky2
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Weekend away”
Reviewed May 28, 2018 for a stay in May 2018

Well it was a lovely experience on the river !! Except ??? Downside was that shower was running dirty water kitchen sink was blocked cutlery in draw was dirty also central heating was hit and miss !!! Cobwebs all over side of blinds and main bedding was grubby !!!!!!

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Management Response
28 May 2018
Thank you for your review.
I fail to see how the main bedding could be grubby when it was brand new on. The cobwebs were removed just before your arrival but anyone who boats regularly know that they reappear almost instantly.
The water comes from a metal tank which you ran dry hence why you had dirty water out of the bottom of the tank. The tank has been cleaned and refilled.
It is the responsibility of the guests to clean the cutlery and put it away. We have a comprehensive check list to ensure that dirty items are cleaned. All of our other guests comment on how clean our boat is!!
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