Water Babies

Affordable holidays on the beautiful Lancaster canal

Tuesday 4th of December 2018

Phone Number: 0745 33 66 22 1

Customer Reviews

A December weekend but nonetheless enjoyable. Paul was very welcoming and informative and the boat was fantastic. The stove in the evenings was great asset drying foulies the first two days and warming the frosted fingers after that. The Canal was scenic and pubs friendly. A first class experience overall.

by Charlie Young ★★★★★

9th-14th Sept. Fantastic 5 night break on Dolly Mixture, good instructions from Paul prior to setting off. Bit daunting at first but you soon get the hang of things. Well equipped comfortable boat, loved every second, the scenery, pace of life and friendliness of people on thx canal, can't wait to go back.

by Michael Ashworth ★★★★★

9th-14th Sept. Fantastic 5 night break on Dolly Mixture, good instructions from Paul prior to setting off. Bit daunting at first but you soon get the hang of things. Well equipped comfortable boat, loved every second, the scenery, pace of life and friendliness of people on thx canal, can't wait to go back.

by Michael Ashworth ★★★★★

September 2018 Lovely break on a Waterbabies Narrowboat. Paul was exceptionally helpful and friendly, couldn’t do enough for us. Cruising the Lancaster Canal was relaxing and everyone we encountered along the way was lovely. The only reason I gave this a 4 star and not a 5 star was the boat felt a little tired in terms of decor, but it didn’t spoil our week.

by Joanne McNeil ★★★★★

Fabulous weekend 24th to 26th August 2018 Just on Dolly Mixture sailing the Lancaster canal. Paul was wonderfully helpful and gave a thorough training on how to use the boat. The boat was very well equipped and spotlessly clean, The shower was brilliant and beds very comfy. Looking forward to trying it again and cant recommend water babies highly enough.

by steve and family ★★★★★

14th August to 18th August Just had a wonderful few days on Dolly Mixture sailing the Lancaster canal. Fantastic service from Paul the owner nothing too much trouble. Very well equipped, spotlessly clean, comfortable sleeping. Never expected to be smitten with a narrowboat but will definitely be doing it again and can recommend Water babies 10 out of 10 Thanks Paul some lovely memories for me and Dad.

by Bev Sawer ★★★★★

13/08/2018 Had a lovely couple of nights on Dolly Mixture. We could not get leave off work to allow us to have a long weekend but Paul happily met us when we arrived after work on Friday evening and again when we returned the boat on Sunday evening. Nothing was too much trouble. The boat was well equipped and very comfortable and we soon settled into a much more relaxed pace of life for the weekend. Paul gave us expert tuition prior to us going alone. This was something very different to what we have ever done before but we both thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was a great weekend.

by Tracy and Neil Dawson ★★★★★

Had a lovely couple of nights on Dolly Mixture. We could not get leave off work to allow us to have a long weekend but Paul happily met us when we arrived after work on Friday evening and again when we returned the boat on Sunday evening. Nothing was too much trouble. The boat was well equipped and very comfortable and we soon settled into a much more relaxed pace of life for the weekend. Paul gave us expert tuition prior to us going alone. This was something very different to what we have ever done before but we both thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was a great weekend.

by Tracy and Neil Dawson ★★★★★

We spent two weeks on Dolly Mixture from 20th July to 3rd August 2018. Meeting Paul was a delight and he delivered top class instructions on how to go about handling the boat and also walked us through Dolly Mixture showing us how everything worked. During the little trip up the canal with Paul we were shown how to turn the boat around before Paul jumped off and our adventure began. It was amazing, we took our bikes with us so we could explore the area once moored up visiting Morecambe Bay, Arnside, Sliverdale and Blackpool. The scenery and wildlife on the Lancaster canal is beautiful and the boat was well equipped and comfy. We loved every minuet of our holiday and highly recommend Water Babies. Thank you Paul.

by Nathan and Josie ★★★★★

What a great day!!, Paul was brilliant, he made our taster day very tasty. his knowledge of the boat, canal and surroundings was excellant, we and our party who joined us later on the trip after being held up on our ridiculas motorway network ( NO such hold ups on the canal ) had a fantastic day. Trundelling up the canal at the speed of Two miles an hour - watching the world go by yet needing to concentrate to avoid running the ducks over and even more so negotiating past another craft or through the low bridges. Happily our craft managed with a little help from our skipper, find a loveley watering hole being the Plough, where we could rest and and think about the exhausting efforts just under taken. ( 3 hrs to do a journey that would take a car 10 mins ). Sadley we had do the same journey back to our moorings. The sun was beating down, and just listening to the slush of the water against the bank was enough to send us into another world - out of the RAT RACE. Gently meandering around the bends in the canal, took me back to the tales of the river bank - peace and tranquilty. Truly excellant day and well worth the effort under the expert guidance of Paul.

by Lynda and John Kendal ★★★★★

23rd July to 27th July 2018 On board Mint Imperial (Minty) we was initially given a tour of the boat by Paul, Minty is very spacious with everything you’ll need for your trip - all you need is food and drink (although tea, coffee and sugar is provided). Hubby was given an induction of the steering, location of engine, water and gas while I unpacked. Induction from Paul was very thorough and before we knew it we were cruising down Lancaster Canal on our own (daunting being first timers) but before we knew it we had become more and more confident as the hours past. Everyone is so friendly along the canal and the weather was very kind to us, however, the canal needs a few inches of rain due to the low water levels so mooring was quite challenging at times which just added to our overall experience. The surroundings as you cruise leisurely down the canal is breathtaking, it’s like a hidden world and if you are lucky enough, you get might get to see some wildlife you wouldn’t normally get to see. We can not recommend waterbabies enough, Paul is always a phone call away if you need to ask any questions. Mandy and Daz

by Amanda Laycock ★★★★★

9th July to 12th July 2018 on board Dolly Mixture Well we were inexperienced boaters but not any more! Armed with Paul’s thorough instructions whilst walking through the boat (delivered with a great sense of humour) and an introductory cruise together (including turning the boat) we felt confident to go it alone. We had a fabulous time. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Great canal side pubs in Lancaster. So relaxing. Very comfortable on board. The wildlife and scenery are a delight. If you’ve never done it before you couldn’t find a better place to start. Paul is at the end of the phone if you need him for anything (which we didn’t) and there are no locks on this stretch of the canal. Thank you very much Paul. We can’t wait to come back.

by Kathryn and Graham ★★★★★

What a great week (22-29 June 2018) on Dolly Mixture. She is very well appointed and very comfortable with everything you need on board. Paul was very supportive at hand-over on arrival day with lots of useful tips and information. I found the Lancaster Canal to be very quiet and relaxing. Exceptional weather was a bonus. Highly recommended . Thank you Paul (Waterbabies).

by Neil Brown ★★★★★

A taster day bought as a gift - thoroughly enjoyed by all. Paul is very knowledgable and enthusiastic and keen to impart his love of canal life - we really enjoyed our day and would love to book a weekend next time

by Sharon Mason ★★★★★

Just returned from out first trip with Water Babies. The boat was very well equipped. Paul was very friendly and helpful, we were able to pick Dolly Mixture up early. Great holiday, would go again. Thank you Paul.

by Peter & Sylvia Miles ★★★★★

This was our second holiday on a Water Babies boat and we and our two dogs had a lovely time, Paul was very friendly and even Texted us to say we could pick Dolly Mixture up early as She was ready to go. Everything you need is at hand on the boat and the canal is lovely. The four of us will be back next year. Thank you Paul.

by Graham & Sue Adams ★★★★★

Spent a lovely week on Mint Imperial. Very relaxing and our 3rd time with Water Babies on the Lancaster canal. Thanks Paul we had a great time and might see you again soon.

by Marion Cooper ★★★★★

What a great find! Paul was extremely helpful in pre-briefing us before our lovely four night excursion on 'Mint Imperial'. The boat was very well laid out inside and we had a great time on our canal boat adventure up to Bolton-Le-Sands. Thanks again Paul ��Jenny and Phil

by Phil & Jen Warry ★★★★★

Great holiday on Mint Imperial and exactly what was needed. Beautiful part of the world to explore. Both mother in law and 8 year old daughter are now converted bargees and myself and hubby have reawakened the joy of mucking about on the river! Instructions were clear and Minty contained everything required for s comfortable stay. We will be back again.

by Claire May-Smith ★★★★★

Had a lovely trip down to Lancaster, plenty of wildlife to photograph. Paul was very friendly and great with his advice. Couldn't recommend it more. Very enjoyable weekend

by Angela Calvert ★★★★★

Had a lovely 4 days in Mint Imperial. The boat was really well equipped and nothing was too much trouble. As the boat was free on our first day, Paul offered for us to pick it up early which almost gave its an extra day cruising - really thoughtful. Lancaster Canal, itself is a great canal to cruise and having no locks made it a really relaxing break. Many thanks .

by Ashlie & Gareth Hughes ★★★★★

Had a lovely 4 days in Mint Imperial. The boat was really well equipped and nothing was too much trouble. As the boat was free on our first day, Paul offered for us to pick it up early which almost gave its an extra day cruising - really thoughtful. Lancaster Canal, itself is a great canal to cruise and having no locks made it a really relaxing break. Many thanks .

by Ashlie & Gareth Hughes ★★★★★

I highly recommend Water Babies for a canal boat holiday. A great experience.

by Karen McManus Latham ★★★★★

Wonderful trip. Five Stars

by Liam Wilson ★★★★★

Chris & I had a 'Taster' Day on Dolly Mixture, one of the company's two narrow boats. What an experience! Paul was both a great host and trainer. We Really enjoyed our day!

by Chris Long ★★★★★

Paul was very helpful and provided great local knowledge. Dolly Mixture was a lovely boat. Had a great time of relaxation and reflection.

by Mark Muller ★★★★★

Paul is an amazing instructor, very calm, and helpful. The children all had a turn as well as the adults, wonderful reception, and food... really enjoyable day.

by Angela Howe ★★★★★
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