Arlen Hire Boats

A canal boat holiday is the perfect way to unwind from the pressures of the modern day world. You travel at 2 to 3 miles per hour in your floating cottage through the English countryside with just the occasional glimpse of civilisation, secluded but not isolated. We are located in Preston, close to the main rail and bus stations. From our base at Ashton Basin, you have the whole length of the canal to cruise on our modern narrowboats. The boats are fully carpeted and heating is provided by either a solid fuel stove or central heating. Facilities on board include hot and cold water, full size cooker, electric fridge, pump-out flushing toilet and a shower and vanity unit. For your entertainment a colour TV along with a fitted radio-CD player are also provided. All our craft are powered by quiet, maintenance free diesel engines and are easily handled. Nevertheless, we still give comprehensive tuition, making it ideal for the first timer. You can now book online using our new Secure Online Booking Form. Winter holidays now available from £95.00 per boat per night, minimum 2 nights!


Ashton Marina Basin

Tulketh Brow

Disability Access Information

Full access available. Extra access available on request ; such as help to board for mobility impaired customers.