We recognise that some people might wish to bring their pet dog. The cost of one dog is £45.00 per week or part thereof, and a second dog a further £35.00. The company reserves the right to refuse access to guests who do not keep dogs under proper and reasonable control. Further anybody bringing a pet dog(s) must bring sufficient dedicated bedding and dogs must not be allowed on any furniture or upholstery within the boat. Any pet(s) must be booked and paid for in advance.
The company is unable to reproduce all current fishing byelaws. We will however, whenever possible, update our website with the latest information available to us. Fishing, where permitted, should only take place from the towpath side of the canal. Where fishing rights are not owned by British Waterways (i.e. crown estates) or are licensed out to angling clubs or individuals the licensee’s permission MUST be sought before you start fishing. Permission in some cases is granted by purchase of a day ticket or membership, if available, though this can in no way be guaranteed. In such circumstances, that is on an unassigned stretch of canal, permission from British Waterways is deemed to be granted. Whether the fishing is carried out there, or on an assigned stretch with the permission of the Angling Club, the advice is that for insurance reasons, it should be conducted from the towpath and NOT from the boat (even if it is moored to the towpath) or a structure crossing the canal such as a bridge. Many sections of the canal system are covered by Angling Clubs and some of these MAY issue day tickets. Enquiries concerning these permissions should be directed to BW West Midlands, whose email address is, firstname.lastname@example.org You will need to know where and when you will be at a particular location in order to determine which club to direct your request for a day ticket to.
The towpath and the country lanes, which cross the canals are an ideal place to cycle. You may bring up to two of your own bikes albeit at your own risk. These can be stored on the roof of the boat, provided they do not create a safety hazard. Please also bring a suitable mat to protect the paintwork
Parking is available at all our sites, but in some locations is limited. Try therefore to avoid bringing more than one car if you can, as you are likely to be charged for parking a second vehicle.
Whilst pubs and larger grocery stores will accept credit cards, most smaller shops and village Post Offices will not. If you can, bring as much cash as you think you will need, or plan your cruising to pass a major supermarket, the majority of which will have on-site ATM machines.
You will be traveling through a rich landscape of woods and water meadows, fields and farmland and you can expect to see a wide variety of the natural flora and fauna of these islands. Consider buying one of the many handbooks available and, if you have a pair of binoculars bring these too, you will see much more. Remember, however, that it is illegal to pick wildflowers or disturb nesting birds.
If you like quiet pubs, in rural settings you will be spoilt for choice, but if you want organised entertainment you should look elsewhere. A few good books are a must and a pack of cards can be worth its weight in gold on a wet day. If you have children, perhaps some jigsaws or board games might be a good idea, but don’t bring the Scalextric! Don’t forget that each boat is fitted with a television and DVD player, so a selection of DVD’s might prove invaluable if the weather is inclement.
Your boat is designed, licensed and insured for either four or six berths, depending on its size and no more than that number may sleep on board. Whilst it is sometimes possible for additional people to be admitted to land-based timeshares it is not negotiable on a boat for legal and safety reasons. If you turn up at the marina with five people or more for a four berth or 7 people or more for a six berth you will not be allowed to occupy the boat. Children, of whatever age – including babies – count as part of this complement. Please don’t tell us that additional passengers will find alternative accommodation along the way, as others have been afforded this concession in the past and abused the privilege. It is therefore a firm rule that only the prescribed number (or less) will be allowed to take the boat.
9. Control of the boat
You will need a minimum of two fit and active adults, or one adult and a child over the age of 16 years for a 4 berth boat although it is easier with three. For a 6 berth boat three adults. If on arrival you do not meet these requirements you will not be allowed to cruise and will be offered the choice of remaining in the marina or seeking an alternative land based holiday through the RCI exchange system (availability cannot be guaranteed).
10. Additional hire periods
We are often asked by those of you who intend to visit us through an RCI exchange if a few extra days or another week can be added on to your booking. We cannot guarantee this but, once you have secured your exchange, it is worth checking www.hireacanalboat.co.uk for linked availability. Good luck!