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  • Narrowboat Emily about to enter a tunnel on the canal. This tunnel is not in Yorkshire or anywhere near Leeds but in Wales, where holiday makers can go if they choose an extended holiday
  • A misty morning on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Taken from the cruiser stern of Emily, with another narrowboat in the background
  • Narrowboats moored along the towpath as Emily prepares to enter a flight of locks on her journey back from Wales, into Leeds, Yorkshire bound!
  • Hire boat Emily passing two ancient working narrowboats. At one time, boats such as these would have been a common sight on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal
  • Our hire boat coming out of a lock. This is taken on a narrow canal
  • A lovely shot taken from the cruiser stern of the narrowboat Emily, on her descent into Leeds on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Views such as this can be seen all across Yorkshire on our hire boats
  • A sunny holiday on the narrowboat Emily
  • Lovely shot of a narrowboat moored on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal
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  • A dusky view of a marina in Huddersfield, near Leeds, on the narrow canal there.
Narrowboat Emily about to enter a tunnel on the canal. This tunnel is not in Yorkshire or anywhere near Leeds but in Wales, where holiday makers can go if they choose an extended holiday1 A misty morning on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Taken from the cruiser stern of Emily, with another narrowboat in the background2 Narrowboats moored along the towpath as Emily prepares to enter a flight of locks on her journey back from Wales, into Leeds, Yorkshire bound!3 Hire boat Emily passing two ancient working narrowboats. At one time, boats such as these would have been a common sight on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal4 Our hire boat coming out of a lock. This is taken on a narrow canal5 A lovely shot taken from the cruiser stern of the narrowboat Emily, on her descent into Leeds on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Views such as this can be seen all across Yorkshire on our hire boats6 A sunny holiday on the narrowboat Emily7 Lovely shot of a narrowboat moored on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal8 Narrowboat Emily passing some local canal wildlife on her way to Leeds9 A dusky view of a marina in Huddersfield, near Leeds, on the narrow canal there.10
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White Rose Canal holidays offer narrowboat holidays in Yorkshire on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, with free gas, free fuel and no extra charge for pets. We offer the best value canal holidays in Yorkshire.

White Rose Canal Holidays - The Best Value Canal Holidays on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Welcome to White Rose Canal Holidays, originally created by our friend Martyn Wilson, who shares our love of the inland waterways. Martyn hired out the lovely 'Emily of Blisworth' to a whole host of enthusiastic boaters over the last few years alongside the Leeds and Liverpool canal. For anyone looking to explore the canal and waterways from the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and beyond, Emily is your girl! More recently, Martyn has followed his heart to Southern Ireland, bringing in two new owners (that’s us!) and two new boats to develop the White Rose boating family! We are delighted to introduce 'Charlotte' and 'River Dancer' to our portfolio creating a grand old fleet of three for 2021! Our canal boats are currently in the process of being refurbished, ready to launch a whole host of new opportunities in 2021 to experience life on the water and soak up the benefits of the slower pace of life the canals and rivers can bring.

On one of our easy to handle trio of narrowboats, 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 a perfect floating home from home. There's no need to worry about leaving your creature comforts behind, Emily, Charlotte and River Dancer have fully-equipped kitchens, comfy double bed in the master bedroom, bathroom with shower and hot water and central heating provided by both the main engine and a separate central heating engine. What's more, you'll have digital free-view television and a radio & CD (or USB) Hi-Fi system included, all within our traditional narrowboats!

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 and River Dancer sleep up to 4 people and Charlotte sleeps up to 6 and all are perfect for a holiday alone, as a couple, a family or with friends.

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 07709 682 487. We are always up for a chat, so any queries (big or small) that you may have, feel free to chat them over with us.

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

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, all year round.

Bed and Breakfast and Skippered Trips

Now we have a small fleet of 3 beautiful narrow boats, we can offer a broader range of opportunities to experience life on the canal and rivers! If you fancy a break in our great city, why not do it on board one of our boats, relax in comfort and enjoy everything Leeds has to offer.

For those that want to experience a wonderful day out on the water, why not book a skippered trip, let us do the work for you, while you sit back, enjoy the view and stop for lunch at one of our favourite canal side pubs!

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, all year round and delivering an unbeatable quality of service, we think that we've raised the bar on canal holidays in Yorkshire for good! We do everything that we can, from the beginning to the end of your journey with us, to ensure that your narrow boat holiday is an experience that you will never forget. We are passionate about our location at Castleton Mill 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-run company, we hope that you will have a wonderful holiday or trip with us and feel as much at home on our boats as we do.

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

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

whiterosecanalboats@gmail.com