Self-Drive Day Boats

Skipton Boat Trips

Available to 22 December 2024

Book now from £175.00

What else is on at Skipton Boat Trips?

Book tickets now for a unique family day out on Skipton's Self-Drive Day Boats!

Explore Skipton's lush green dales at your own leisurely pace on your private boat as you peacefully explore the Yorkshire Dales countryside!

Discover one of the best days out in North Yorkshire

Dreams become reality with Skipton Boat Trips, as you're invited to spend the day being the Captain of your own ship.

Set sail with your family and friends on this magnificent adventure along the Leeds and Liverpool canal!

  • Peacefully cruise along the famous Leeds and Liverpool canal at your own relaxing pace 
  • Effortlessly navigate seventeen miles of lock-free waters 
  • Set up camp on the fully-equipped luxury day boat and create a home away from home
  • Preorder a delicious, local Afternoon Tea to keep your bellies full as you explore 
  • Take in the beautiful countryside views as you seamlessly glide by
  • Pass charming villages, lush greenery and find delightful hidden gems as you head Leeds bound
  • Have a pit stop at delightfully intimate village of Kildwick 

Explore the great outdoors in Skipton with your family and friends

Start planning your own canal boat day in Yorkshire and experience one of the best places to go in Skipton!

About your adventure:

  • All-Day Adventure: Your excursion will last for six and a half hours - 10am - 4pm
  • Safety Briefing: Take part in a short tuition on everything you need-to-know about health and safety!
  • Handling Tutorial: Take a short lesson and become an expert in driving your own canal cruiser
  • Test Drive: Once you feel shipshape with your knowledge, the Skipton team will take you on a short ride to test your confidence
  • The Red Book: Onboard is a large red nautical encyclopedia which holds the answers to your forgotten questions!
  • Afternoon Tea: Tuck into a selection of delicious sandwiches, homemade scones and sweet treats!
  • Fully-equipped Vessel: Enjoy the easily accessible amenities including burners, grill cooker, kettle, sink, toilets, speakers and comfortable seats! 
  • Team Assistance: The dedicated and passionate team are always happy to offer a helping hand!

Get ready to set sail with a great Northern tourist attraction 

Purchase that Captain's hat and set sail on one of the most unique and fun things to do near North Yorkshire!

Book tickets now to secure your adventure on one of the best family-fun days out in Skipton!

The Wharf Office,
3 Coach St,
Skipton BD23 1LH
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The Wharf Office,
3 Coach St,
Skipton BD23 1LH
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How to find us

Address: Skipton Boat Trips, The Wharf Office, 3 Coach Street, Skipton, BD23 1LH


  • Skipton Office: princely.jetting.dozens
  • Skipton Wharf:


  • Boat includes: Four burners, a grill cooker, a whistling kettle, sink, flushing toilets, speakers and comfortable seating.

Please note: Crockery, cutlery, pots, pans and extra cooking utensils are not provided due to health restrictions.

  • Team assistance
  • Safety briefing 
  • Parking near Skipton Wharf

Unfortunately, due to the narrow vessels, the Self-Drive Day Boat is not accessible for wheelchair users due to the boats natural restrictions. 

There are plenty of things to do before sailing the seven seas - or cruising the canals!

  • Pack Smart: Bring essentials. Whilst the vessel is equipped with facilities, you will still need to bring food and drink to prepare onboard. There is soap, washing up liquid, tea towels, loo rolls and bin bags. 
  • Lunch: Skipton Boat Trips can prepare a delicious lunch for you, but there is the option to bring your own or dine out at The White Lion in Kildwick!
  • Weather: Dress appropriately for the unpredictable British weather. The towpath can be slippery and muddy, so please wear sensible shoes. 
  • Arriving: Please aim to arrive between 9:30am and 9:45am. 
  • Booking: Upon arrival, the guest who confirmed the booking must attend the office to fill in mandatory paperwork. 

Yes! Skipton Boat Trips invites you and your favourite furry friends to join the fun!

Dogs are allowed on the Cobbydale for one hour trips and Day Boats.

Dogs are not permitted on the Dalesman, due to food being served. 

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