Contact us


01422 832712
Overseas tel: + 44 1422 832712 


Postal address

Shire Cruisers
The Wharf
Sowerby Bridge
West Yorkshire

Opening times

We're usually open 9.30 to 5.00 Monday to Friday, 11.00 to 3.00 Saturday and 12.00 to 2.00 Sunday (in the season only). Visit or ring to discuss boating holidays.


If you have any questions please refer to our FAQs - If there's something you'd like help with that's not covered there, please feel free to give us a call or e-mail. 


Shire Cruisers is a trading name of Britannia Narrow Boats Ltd
Registered in England & Wales 1462318,
registered address above
VAT no. 333 5525 70
Directors: Nigel Stevens MBA, Susan Stevens BA ARCO

Find us at Sowerby Bridge

Drive to us
Our postal address is Shire Cruisers, The Wharf, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire HX6 2AG, England

Travel by coach
National Express coaches go from London Victoria to Halifax (click 'can't find your destination?' and type Halifax!). Buses from Halifax (10 mins) stop in Wharf Street.

Come by train
Sowerby Bridge station on the Leeds-Manchester line is under 10 minutes walk away. Trains run about every hour. To walk from the station, use the back (northern) exit. Go down the ramp from either platform, down the steps, cross the road, turn left and almost immediately right onto the path (signed Town Centre) across the river to the main road. Turn right, then follow the towpath.

From London Kings Cross, take Grand Central to Halifax, then Northern to Sowerby Bridge (1 stop). Alternatively, take East Coast to Leeds, about 2 1/4 hours, then change to Northern for Sowerby Bridge (trains are mostly headed for Manchester Victoria), about 40 minutes. Kings Cross is a short walk from St Pancras (Eurostar) and on the Piccadilly line from Heathrow.

Find us at Barnoldswick

Where we are
Our base is at Lower Park Marina, Kelbrook Road, Barnoldswick BB18 5TB. Please note that we are only there when preparing and sending boats out, and please don't contact the marina direct - they're very helpful, but their staff have their own things to do.

By road
From the A56 north of Colne, take the B6383 towards Barnoldswick. At the creat of a hill just as you enter the town, follow a brown tourist sign for Lower Park Marina. This leads down a lane to the marina. Please park against the bank on your right. Walk towards the canal and you will see your boat - we'll be waiting. The marina shop serves tea and coffee.

By train to Barnoldswick
Go to Skipton (via Leeds) or Colne (via Manchester Victoria or Preston). You'll need a taxi; phone numbers are advertised at the station, or try 01282 870200.