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Self-drive Day Launch Hire from
Bridge House Marina & Caravan Park

» Self-Drive Day Launch Hire Charges


For something a bit different, why not take the family for a day out on the historic Lancaster Canal.

Hire one of our self-drive Day Launches. Seating up to 8 people, they offer all weather open or closed cruising.

Fuel, insurance and life jackets are all included in the hire charge.

Full instruction are given before handover.

Travelling at a maximum speed of 4mph, you can explore the historic Lancaster Canal at a leisurely pace.

With a sprinkling of towns and villages [not to mention canal side pubs] the Lancaster Canal offers a scenic journey of discovery for the whole family.

Home to much flora and fauna the Lancaster Canal is a ‘wildlife reservoir’ and at its most spectacular in the summer months when the banks are thick with water loving wild flowers and foliage.

Birds, including yellow hammer and bullfinch, flit in the hedges while swan, coot, moorhen and mallard can be be seen on the canal itself.

Other birds, such as swallows and martins visit the canal to feed. Herons wade in the shallows and you may, if lucky, catch a glimpse of a kingfisher.

Although seldom seem, the bankside vegetation is home to small mammals such as shrews, bank voles and water voles.


A [brief] history of the Lancaster Canal

Construction of the Lancaster Canal began in 1792 and by the end of the century only the
sections from Walton Summit to Wigan and northwards from Preston to Tewitfield had been completed. By 1826 the canal was through to Kendal and a branch to Glasson Dock had been built.

Please note, the locks down to Glasson Dock are strictly out of bound to day launches.
Although the main line of the canal offers 41 miles of relaxing lock free boating, the 4mph canal speed limit will restrict how far you can sail.

The perfect family day out!
To book your self-drive Day Launch
telephone: 01995 603207 now!

Bridge House Marina reserves the right to refuse hire of boats to any person or party, without notice, for any reason whatsoever that is deemed necessary.