Canal Holiday Hire 2022

Departure from Gailey Wharf – JD Boats Watling Street, Staffordshire, ST19 5PR
Luxury weekly 7 day hire – Friday departure and return days

Should you wish to enquire about availability and dates please call us on 07946490203 or email us at for us to confirm your booking.

The Yardarm –

Sleeps up to 4 Persons — A 2 + 2

60ft Cruiser

Reverse layout with a double bed at the front and the dinette converts into a double bed.

Mar-22 11, 18, 25 £1,299
Apr-22 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 £1,399
May-22 6, 13, 20, 27 £1,699
Jun-22 3, 10, 17, 24 £1,699
Jul-22 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 £1,999
Aug-22 5, 12, 19,26 £1,999
Sep-22 2, 9, 16,23, 30 £1,699
Oct-22 7, 14, 21, 28 £1,299
Nov-22 4, 11, 18, 25 £999

Book 2 weeks and get 25% off your second week

The boat also includes
– Central heating with radiators through out
– Fully equipped galley with  4-burner gas stove, grill and oven, microwave, refrigerator, sink and drainer, work surface and storage space.
– Bedding and towels included
– Bathroom with flushable pump out toilet, shower and hand basin
– Colour television on the lounge with DVD player and tv in the front bedroom
– Fresh water tank with filter system for drinking water.

– Toaster
– Microwave
– Vacuum cleaner
– Hair dryer

The Yardarm Meaning –
People say the sun is over the yardarm to say that it is late enough in the day to have an alcoholic drink. … Note: This expression is thought to come from the old practice on some ships of having an alcoholic drink when the sun had risen past a horizontal bar on the mast, usually around 11am

Fridays are arrival & departure days

We endeavour to have your boat ready for collection by 2.30pm on the start day of your holiday.

The Yardarm must be returned and departed by 9.30am on the following or ending Friday


Prices below do not include fuel. A deposit of £90.00 per week which will be payable on your departure day to JD Boats.

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 as the cost of fuel is not included in the hire cost. 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.

Up to 2 pets are very welcome on board our Holiday boat. An additional charge of £20.00 will be applied per pet. 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.  All pets, must be booked in advance

No previous experience is necessary as our boats are 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 water.

Short Trips

Why not take a slower more leisurely holiday and make some stops along the way

4 Locks, 15 hours. A relaxed and Leisurely route to enjoy and unwind.

14 Locks, 24 hours. Extend your Norbury trip to Market Drayton

30 Locks, 24 hours. Travel up the Staffs and Worcester on to the Trent and Mersey in to the pretty little town of Stone.

22 Locks, 14 Hours. A very relaxed leisurely cruise with the beauty of Tixal wide on route and an opportunity to visit Shrugborough Hall

Weekly Breaks

The Black Country Ring
7 Nights 78 Locks 47 Hours – 7 1/2 Hours cruising 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 Shugborough Hall which are perfect for a family day out.

Four Counties Ring
7 Nights 92 Locks 56 Hours – 9 Hours cruising 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 – 61/2 Hours cruising 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.

7 Nights 94 Locks 47 Hours – 7 1/2 Hours cruising per day
An alternative to the Four counties ring but equally as enegetic. 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

Llangollen & Return
14 Nights 100 Locks 94 Hours – 7 Hours cruising 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

Please note the above are a guide only and does not take into account the duration each day you wish to travel especially if wishing to make stops at some of the beautiful attractions and sites our beautiful canals have to offer on route.  We would advise planning your route from Gailey Lock, Lock 32 on the Staffordshire and Worcester canal using the RCR canal route planner For more leisurely cruising on some of the further routes we may advise extending your break to 14 nights.

Maps and guide books will be available to purchase from Reception on your departure days

What better way to relax this year than enjoying the beauty of our waters and their surroundings have to offer. If there is anything we can do to make your holiday more enjoyable and relaxed, please don’t hesitate to mention upon enquiry. Love all the team at Georgie’s Canal Cruises