Pennine Cruisers

Pennine Cruisers is a small family run business with the Clarke family taking ownership since 2000, although Pennine Cruisers has been running since 1968, meaning this year it is 50 years old!!!

We run all year round and have many aspect to our business from; skippered boat trips, self drive day and holiday hire along with our dry and wet dock for private boaters to have work carried out. We also have a shop which sells various chandlery and boating goods, along with lots of nice tourist/gift ware.

Our skippered 30 minute boat trips run on the beautiful Leeds Liverpool canal around Skipton. Our boat trips run every day from 10.30am in peak season and 11.30am in low season and with a cost of £4 per person it’s a trip not to be missed. Trip boat “Leo” runs every day but trip boat “Sam” only runs with its busy. This means when both boats are running the trips will depart roughly every 20 mins, but within quiet times only Leo will run departing approximately every 40 minutes.

Self drive day hire operates from February – November time. We have 4 persons OR 10 person day boats. They are equipped with a full kitchen; hob, sink, kettle, pots, pans & cutlery for everyone. There is also a toilet compartment with a flushing toilet and hand basin. There’s lots of seating inside and out, which is great for those summer days.

Self drive holiday hire with 4, 6 & berth boats available, again operating from March – November. All our holiday boats are equipped for both summer and winter hire with central heating or wood burning Pennine Cruisersstoves. Our 6 luxury holiday boats are a great family fun activity with a difference, offering; short break, weekly or fortnightly hire. We pride ourselves on having a great fleet of boat available, all with full standing headroom, a fully equipped galley area with; full size cooker, hob, fridge, sink, all your crockery/cutlery, toilet, shower/bath. 

We even have a brand new 4 berth boat coming to us in 2018 called Carleton. We are going back to our roots, as when Pennine Cruisers first had their boats built originally, it was in Carleton.

Not to worry if you have never been on a boat before we give full instruction making you feel comfortable for your trip with us.

The last couple of years have been great for us as we also won The Enterprise award From Canal and River Trust to mark the Bicentenary of the Leeds Liverpool canal being built. We were over the moon to receive this award, which showed all the hard work from the Clarkes, Pennine Cruisers and its staff paid off. Canal and River Trust had this to say about Pennine Cruisers;

"Pennine Cruisers are so much more than a canal boat hire company. Skipton Canal Festival which each year attracts thousands of people over the May Bank Holiday weekend, owes its existence and vibrancy to the enterprising Clarke family who run the boating company. The festival brings together the local community and businesses and dozens of boaters who now have it as a must-have event in their cruising calendar. Pennine Cruisers are passionate advocates for the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and great supporters of the Canal & River Trust. Their influence as a force for good on the canal goes way beyond running a successful business."

We aren’t just a canal boat business we also have the Boat House Bar situated in the other half of our building, which means not only can you add an interesting angle to you time in Skipton by going on one of our boats, you can also enjoy our amazing real ales in the bar whilst admiring our amazingly picturesque location here in Skipton’s canal basin. We have 5 hand pulls serving locally brewed real ales, ciders, continental bottle lagers and speciality beers, along with great wine and select spirits. We have a great outdoor seating area which is one of, if not the best seats in Skipton in the Summer.

It isn't just Pennine Cruisers winning awards The Boat House bar also has. In 2017 the bar won 2 top awards one being named pub of the season by Keighley & Craven CAMRA and also you can find us in the bible of top beer places within the Good Beer Guide.

Pennine Cruisers also organises the Skipton Waterway Festival every year. This years festival will be its 17th Consecutive event and runs each year over May day Bank Holiday weekend 5th, 6th & 7th May, and overall attract roughly 10,000 visitors to the town. We have around 50 boaters attend and with that the dressing up of their boats to the theme we have for that year. Its great to see everybody’s take on the theme and all the colourful boats.Pennine Cruisers

Each year we do have a different theme for the Festival, we have had some crackers, however we felt it fit this year to just have a Celebration theme. This being we (Pennine Cruisers) have a lot to celebrate; Ian (the boss) Clarke is turning the big 60 (I know he doesn’t look it) and Pennine Cruisers is 50, so we have some big ones to celebrate this year and would like to share this with our lovely friends who visit the festival each year. Its always highlight for us at the festival seeing how boaters dress their boats up, and it would be great to see what you are celebrating this year, that being; birthday, wedding, anniversary.

So watch this space as both businesses and the festival grow even more.

How to find us;

Telephone Number – 01756 795478 / 01756 701660

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Website –

Trip Advisor – Pennine Cruisers of Skipton / The Boat House Bar Skipton

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
March 7, 2018

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