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Sawley Welcome
Located just outside the City of Nottingham and sitting nicely on the borders of three shires - Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire -
Hire a Canalboat is based at Sawley Marina, which is probably the UK’s largest inland waterway marina. As you arrive and swing into the extensive car park, you will feel that tinge of excitement so familiar to all of our guests.
Your narrowboat holiday adventure is about to begin.

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With a strong emphasis on light and space, the carefully considered design and layout of our craft creates a superbly appointed and truly comfortable vehicle for your great escape.
The atmosphere on arrival is one of thrilled anticipation coupled with freedom and reassurance. All aboard your holiday home! Once you have mastered the basic techniques and are fully aware of “how it all works”, ably shown to you by a member of our friendly and knowledgeable staff, you are truly the masters of your canalboat holiday.

Cruise along the Trent & Mersey Canal or the Erewash and you’ve so much to do and to see. Book for 14 nights and cruise the Leicester Ring. The choice is immense.
The Canal Map, thoughtfully provided as part of the Boat Manual, will soon become your close friend and guide. Bridges, locks, stately homes, industrial heritage, pubs, villages, country towns, castles, museums, cities . . . . . . . the canals have them all. There is a surprise around every corner.

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A summer evening on the canal

You may wish to use the marina as a base or mix and match land based exploration with some cruising. You choose what best suits your canal holiday needs. Bring your favourite CDs and DVDs. Canalside pubs are great places to eat and relax while downing a refreshing glass of good ale. If you prefer your own cooking, there is a grill, oven, four burner hob and even a microwave.

Expect a warm welcome from the friendly staff at Sawley. Their knowledge and advice will be invaluable and they’ll patiently teach you all that they are able about getting the best out of your canalboat holiday. Set out on your cruise, brimming with excitement and confidence. Our narrowboats are instantly recognised on the waterways with the winning combination of friendly colours and happy holiday crew.

Canal boat cruising through rapeseed fields
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Book your canal holiday from Sawley Marina here.

You can email your booking directly to
(stating dates and boat size) or telephone 01395 443529

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