JOIN US ALL YEAR ROUND ON BOARD OUR FULLY FURNISHED HOLIDAY BOAT THE YARDARM
Book a week, a fortnight or longer and explore the beauty of Britain’s canal network. Start your journey from Gailey Wharf in the heart of Staffordshire, and plan your route North or South.
The Yardarm can sleep up to 4 persons and has all the luxuries required to enjoy the best a holidays on water has to offer. Your pooches are very welcome on your holiday
- 60ft Cruiser
- Luxury 4 birth holiday boat
- Double bedroom with TV
- Spacious saloon with TV, DVD and firestick
- Dinette that converts into a double bed
- Fully equipped galley with gas cooker and hob, sink, fridge, toaster, microwave and kettle
- Toilet with shower and hand basin
- Towels and Bedding included
- Hair Dryer
PLAN YOUR ROUTE
Stay near or venture far.
Discover the peaceful Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire countryside or the vibrant and contrasting Gas Street Basin in Birmingham – Home of the Canals head North the Historic potteries and the Caldon Canal, or why not go further afield into Worcestershire and beyond.
For a longer adventure, travel through Shropshire and venture on to the beautiful Llangollen Canal
THE BLACK COUNTRY RING
7 NIGHTS 78 LOCKS 47 HOURS
Average 7 1/2 Hours Per day
Travel on the Staffordshire and Worcester canal, through the water fronts of Birmingham via the main line, onto the Birmingham and Fazeley and the Trent and Mersey. The route is a varied mix of urban and countryside and offers family activities along the way. Birmingham has its shopping, restaurants and art galleries, plus the sea life centre and museums for the children. Visit the black country museum and live the story of the Black country. There is also Dudley zoo and castle, Drayton Manor Park and Shrugborough Hall which are perfect for a family day out.
FOUR COUNTIES RING
7 NIGHTS 92 LOCKS 56 HOURS
average 9 Hours Per Day
This route takes you along the wonderfully rural Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal to Great Haywood junction. Passing under the Trent and Mersey Canal heading north towards the potteries and Peak district. Rolling Staffordshire countryside leads you to Stoke-on-Trent, the Wedgewood Visitor centre and the impressive 2926-yard long Harecastle tunnel. The scenery on the climb up ‘Heartbreak Hill@ to the summit at Kidsgrove is fantastic. Beyond Harecastle the 13 miles to the salt town of Middlewich sees the canal descend 31 locks to the Cheshire Plains. The short Middlewich arm links the Trent and Mersey canal to the Shropshire union canal again through more glorious countryside. Be sure no to miss the Bottle kilns of Etruria.
NANTWICH & RETURN
7 NIGHTS 58 LOCKS 41 HOURS
Average 6 1/2 Hours Per Day
Ideal for first timers or those looking for a relaxed break. Leaving Teddesley, you’ll head south down the Staffordshire and Worcester canal to Autherley Junction then cruise the Shropshire Union with Market Drayton, Audlem and Nantwich along the way. Then retrace your steps back.
LLANGOLLEN & RETURN
14 NIGHTS 114 LOCKS 90 HOURS
Average 7 Hours Per Day
Enjoy the beauty of our canals via the Staffordshire and Worcester, up on to the Shropshire union and then onto the Llangollen and Montgomery canal
CALDON CANAL & RETURN
7 NIGHTS 94 LOCKS 47 HOURS
Average 7 1/2 Hours Per Day
An alternative to the Four counties ring but equally as energetic. You will head towards the peak District and enter the Churnet Valley with its stunning country side. The canal terminates at Froghall where you will turn and retrace your steps
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DAYS
Our arrival and departure days are Fridays and Mondays.
Our departure window is between 2.30pm and 3.30pm.
We endeavour to have your boat ready for collection by 2.30pm on the start day of your holiday.
If for any reason you are unable to arrive on time, please contact us on 01902 790612 to notify us so that special arrangements can be made well in advance of your holiday. A late arrival charge may apply and we may not be able to hand over the boat until the following day.
The Yardarm must be returned by 9.30am on the last day
Late charges may apply if you are late back on your return day. We ask should you expect to be running late you could notify us at your soonest convenient so we can make provisions for the next booking
Up to 2 pets are very welcome on board our Holiday boat. An additional charge of £25.00 will be applied for pets. We do ask that pets are not to be allowed on the furnishings. We also reserve the rights to refuse pets or charge for any additional cleaning or repairs required as a result of animals being on board.
The boat is ready fuelled for your holiday on arrival, but there is a fuel deposit. Payable with your holiday booking. This is £90.00 per week and £50.00 per short break as the cost of fuel is not included in the hire cos. When you return the boat to us the balance is refundable after deducting the fuel used. However if you have used fuel in excess of the deposit you will be asked to pay the difference. We feel this is the fairest way possible as you only pay for what you use.
No previous experience is necessary as our boat is extremely easy to handle and full tuition will be given at the start of the holiday. Comprehensive cruising information is in a manual on the boat and details are sent out with the holiday documents to introduce you the theory of locks and the rules of the road
There are buoyancy aids available free of charge for both adults and children. This is a compulsory requirement for persons under 18 and those who can not swim. We advise you book these in advance on confirmation of your booking
If you are planning to bring bikes on your holiday, please be aware that the only place to store them is on the roof of the boat. You cannot place the bikes inside the boat at any time. Any cost of damage to the boat caused by carrying bikes is your responsibility
Fishing is prohibited on British rivers between the 15th March and 15th June. Fishing is allowed outside of these dates on the canals at any time, but an environment agency rod licence is required and available online or from any post office with a 1 day, 8 day or annual licence to choose from. You may also need a valid permit or be prepared to purchase one from the controlling angling club or riparian owner when approached on any fishery that offers day permits. For reasons of hygiene, we regret that live bait may not be kept on the boat
There is ample open air parking available with at Gailey at no additional cost. We regret that we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to hirers vehicles or possessions.
MAPS & GUIDES
A number of guides are available for planning your trip or locating site of interest, pubs, shops and facilities along your route. We rate the ‘Open Canal Map’ App available on most android and apple devices for navigation whilst cruising. However we do advice the RCR route planner to plan your route efficiently to give a better guide on timings along your journey
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What our guests thought
Holiday boat review
A huge thank you to Jess and Georgie’s Canal Cruises for a wonderful few days aboard The Yardarm, so relaxing and peaceful. It was such a great adventure for our children and the boat is absolutely beautiful, it has every amenity you could need, we had a wonderful time. We’ll definitely be booking again.