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The Best Value Canal Holidays on The Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Welcome to White Rose Canal Holidays, a family run, value-for-money canal holiday company. Based in the vibrant city of Leeds, White Rose offer journeys through a beautiful landscape, rich with both the calmness and tranquility of the Yorkshire Dales and Aire Valley, and the famous industrial heritage of the Pennine region.

On our easy to handle 45ft cruiser stern narrowboat, Emily, you'll be able to bask in the radiance of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, the Aire & Calder and more, whilst stepping inside to the comfort of the perfect floating home. There's no need to worry about leaving your creature comforts behind: Emily is equipped with a fully-equipped kitchen, double bed in the master bedroom, bathroom with shower and hip-bath, hot water and central heating provided by both the main engine and a separate central heating engine. What's more, you'll have digital freeview television and a radio & CD (or USB) Hi-Fi system included, all within a traditional narrowboat!

Furry friends? Never fear - we know how much of a worry it is leaving them behind, so we allow pets to travel with you, free of charge!

Emily sleeps up to 4 people and is perfect for a holiday alone, as a couple, a family or with freinds.

White Rose Canal Holidays is run by Martyn Wilson, with help from his family, Carole, Denise & Charlie. Martyn began his own canal adventure in January 2017, swiftly settling in and growing to love the waterways and the lifestyle that he leads, here. Martyn lives aboard Charlotte, a 57ft narrow-beam semi-trad boat, based in and around Leeds on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. His maiden voyage saw him bring his first boat, River Otter, over 200 miles, in freezing January conditions, to Leeds. The month-long journey brought many twists and turns, but he was smitten by the beaty of the canal and knew that this was the life for him.

Running holidays with White Rose is the perfect way to share the adventure with others in a safe, enjoyable and affordable way. The Leeds & Liverpool Canal is one of Britain's least crowded waterways but also one of the most interesting and visually stunning. Being based in Leeds gives White Rose a unique position amongst local hire companies, with the amenities and attractions of the city on the doorstep and the sweeping Yorkshire Dales just a short cruise away.

If you are interested in booking with us or finding out more, then please read the rest of the website or call this number: 07472426041. Martyn & his family are always up for a chat, so any queries (big or small) that you may have, feel free to call us with. We're also on social media, links are in the navigation menu at the top of the page.

We think that we offer the best possible value for money that can be found in a narrowboat holiday. We love our boat, we love Yorkshire and we hope that you'll love the experience of hiring a narrowboat from us. If you want a holiday but don't want to break the bank, get in touch with us!

First Time Afloat?

Narrowboats, Widebeams and the canals in general can seem daunting when you've got little or no experience. At White Rose Canal Holidays, we take your tuition very seriously and we never let our boaters leave us without feeling fully comfortable with the handling of the boat and the operation of the canal, including locks, swing-bridges and all of the amenities available. We make sure you are prepared from the minute you book, where you will receive an instructional video, a quick guide and route information regarding your break. During handover procedures, we take you through the theory and the practise of boat handling whilst also demonstrating the operation of locks and canal equipment. On the Leeds & Liverpool canal, all of the more challenging flights of locks have lock-keepers to guide you through them, meaning that you can relax in the knowledge that experienced hands are nearby.

Experienced Boater?

We've got you covered, too. Do you feel like climbing the pennines on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal towards Skipton? Maybe you'd like to cruise down the Aire & Calder towards Castleford, Goole or the Huddersfield Narrow Canal? Our routes pass through nature reserves, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, villages and historic towns with a good dose of Pennine countryside in between. We offer the same tuition to everybody, regardless of experience. There is always something to learn and we love to help seasoned boaters to have a new experience on the canals and rivers of Yorkshire.

Try Before You Buy

Are you, like many of our previous customers, thinking about buying a boat? We can help you to discover the canals year-round, giving you a balanced perspective of life on board a narrowboat. Whilst our competitors close in November through to March, we stay open through the winter and continue to provide fantastic value-for-money holidays when others have stopped. With our affordable long-weekend holidays, you can dip your toes in the water in peak holiday season and also catch a glimpse of the stunning winters we enjoy on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Think you'll be too cold at Christmas? Why not travel with us and find out exactly how cosy and homely a narrowboat can be, year round. We provide continued support to our clients whilst they search for their dream narrowboat or widebeam - we love to help people to realise their dreams both through our holidays and by providing advise on procuring the right boat at the right time, for you.

Our Ethos

At White Rose Canal Holidays, we aim to provide the best value-for-money canal holidays that can be found. By keeping our prices low, year round, whilst delivering an unbeatable quality of service, we think that we've raised the bar on canal holidays in Yorkshire. We do everything that we can, from the beginning to the end of your journey with us, to ensure that your narrowboat holiday is an experience that you will never forget. We feel passionately regarding our location, here on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, and we want you to leave feeling that same passion. We love what we do and because we are a small, family company, we hope that we can demonstrate to you our love for the boats and the canals and make you feel right at home with us here.

White Rose Canal Holidays are based at: Castleton Mill, Holbeck, Leeds, LS122DS

Office address: Oddy Lock House, Wellington Road, Holbeck, Leeds, LS122DP

whiterosecanalholidays@gmail.com