Day Boat Hire

  • Thorn marine Day boat hire London Bridge Stockton heath Warrington Cheshire Bridgewater canal

Rambling Thorn

Day boat hire - Rambling Thorn is a purpose built self drive day boat. Designed to carry 12 passengers. There is ample seating inside and out with a large open front deck, if the British weather is on your side!

The boat is equipped with everthing you should need including;

  • 2 burner cooker
  • Fridge
  • Fully equiped galley (kitchen) for 12
  • Seating inside and out
  • Safety equipment
  • Flush toilet

Prices and Important information

The cost of Day hire is £200 weekends and bank holidays and £180 weekdays

Cruising times are between 9:00am until 5:00pm.

We require a deposit of £50 (non refundable) with the booking and the balance is due one month before (non refundable).  You will also need to provide us with £50 security deposit on the day, this needs to be in cash,  this is refundable if you keep to the Terms and Conditions.  See the fully terms and condition and booking condition below.

We do not accept Stag or Hen parties, Groups turning up with large amounts of alcohol will be refused hire and no money will be refunded.

We do operate all year round, except for maintenance, during winter between the clock going back and then forward we operate Winter timings. You have the boat from 9:00am until 4:00pm, as it is dark just after 4:00pm.  We reduce the price by £20 per day to compensate for this.

During winter if the canal is iced over and we believe it is unsafe for you to take the boat out we will either have to cancel or reschedule your trip, this is beyond our control and your safety is important to us.


Never driven a boat before don't worry we've got you covered!

Every hire begins with a comprehensive handover that meet industry standards

We will cover;

  • Safety
  • Equipment locations
  • Boat handling, mooring and turning
  • Emergency actions
  • Maps and timings

We will then take you down the canal for some practical training.



We are based on the Bridgewater Canal in Stockton Heath, just south of Warrington.  With easy access to the motorway network.

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Probably the most common question is which is the best way to go?

The best route to take is to go east, the canal wanders through the Cheshire countryside and through very picturesque villages.

You will pass through Grapenhall, Thelwall, Lymm, Outrington, Dunham Massey.  You can make it through Altingcham although if you are wanting to stop for lunch, either a pub Lunch or a Picnic we would recommend turning round at Dunham Massey, once you are passed Dunham Massey the rout becomes very Urban.

You can also go in the other direction, heading out through more stunning countryside and the villages of Walton, Moore and Daersbury, going this way you will have to turn before Preston brook tunnel, a journey of about 2 hours, you can head down the Runcorn Arm, this is quite and urban area but there are some more great places to visit including Norton Priory and the currently (disused) Runcorn Locks, the old route from the Bridgewater to the Manchester Ship Canal

See below for more information lunch stops and places of interest.

Booking and Availability

We do not have any facilities to book the day boat online as this allows us to control the type of customers who hire the day boat, the best way is to give us a call on 01925 265129 or email us on  You can also visit us in Facebook.  Please do not message us on Facebook as we have found it to be very unreliable and messages have disappeared in the past.

Latest Availability

March 2020 - We now have no weekends until Mid October, we still have weekdays available except Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Terms and Conditions

Please check our terms and condition and booking conditions

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Places to visit

View a selections of places to visit and great pubs and cafes for lunch

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What Next?

If you have hired a day boat before and are looking to take the next step?

We now have two  4 Berth boats available for hire for short breaks

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