A trip from Silsden to Shipley along the canal.

A trip from Silsden to Shipley along the canal.
A short canal holiday on the Leeds and Liverpool canal through the Yorkshire Dales was wonderful. We picked up our hire boat from Silsden Boats situated between Keighley and Skipton just off the A629. You can arrive early and take over your canal hire boat around one o’clock in the day, which means you can set off and reach a lovely spot for your evening meal. The Silsden Boats staff have over 30 years of experience hiring canal boats and listening to their advice is useful.

We were planning a four night return trip from Silsden to Shipley along this lovely stretch of canal. The route took us through the picturesque Yorkshire Dales andaboard our seven berth boat were four adults and three children. The narrowboat was well fitted out with two double and three single berths. The vessel was equipped with a 240v system, Microwave,central heating, TV, DVD, Radio/CD, Duvets and bed linen. At the stern of the boat were two toilet compartments. Also available were Helmsman’s waterproofs, in case it rained!
Our cruise took us east to Keighley where you can take the Worth Valley Steam Railway to Haworth and see the well known Bronte country. From there it’s on to the historic village of Saltaire, home to the Hockney Gallery. Eventually we arrived at Shipley where a funicular railway links the town to Shipley Glen, a noted beauty spot.

Two days outward bound and the same on return was ideal for a short break, but you could easily extend this canal holiday to seven days or more because there is so

much to see and explore. If you would like to find out more about this canal holiday and how little it will cost, then follow this link to Hoseasons boating holidays.

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