About the Boat

We maintain our boats to the highest standard with no compromise on cleanliness.

The Midland Mallard is a quiet flexible six berth narrow boat (63ft) long with various optional layouts and is suitable for groups from two up to six people. The boat has central heating and hot water provided throughout the boat with two way radios for communication whilst steering the boat.

Midland Mallard Boat Layout
Midland Mallard Boat Layout

The above diagram shows the option with four single beds.  Single beds can be joined to create a standard double bed giving all possible layouts.  Bed linen will be provided based on your layout request.  There are also doors between the bedrooms ensuring your privacy when required.  A travel hairdryer and straighteners are also provided as conservation of energy on a boat is always advisable.

Facilities on board?

On board there are two bathrooms containing two toilets, showers and hand basins. Please bring your own bath towels as these are not provided.  Having two bathrooms ensures you can separate by parties or by gender if you so wish!  Please also remember to bring only 2 ply toilet paper – two rolls will be provided.

Midland Mallard Bathroom layout.
Midland Mallard Bathroom layout.

The Kitchen

The Kitchen is fully equipped with a cooker containing oven, hob and grill, fridge with freezer compartment, and a microwave.  All kitchenware and utensils are provided for each hire.

Midland Mallard Kitchen.
Midland Mallard Kitchen.

The Lounge area

In the lounge area there is comfortable seating for six (at least) with a large central table and an extra pull down seat for two.  A brand new digital smart television with “Netflix and YouTube” are provided. A DVD player and CD player / Digital (DAB) radio player with Bluetooth are also provided through our Kenwood Audio System.  WIFI will also be provided using a MIFI device.  There are also ample plug sockets available on board with USB sockets (with a maximum capacity of 2 kW) this is ample for cruising the cut.

Midland Mallard Lounge area.
Midland Mallard Lounge area.

Provided for Each Narrowboat hire

  1. Two bathrooms with shower and toilet
  2. Damage waiver
  3. Diesel Fuel
  4. Digital TV.
  5. Audio Stereo with Bluetooth and DAB
  6. WIFI
  7. Central Heating
  8. Hot water
  9. Hairdryer
  10. Gas for cooking
  11. Bathroom products
  12. Cleaning products
  13. Tea and coffee
  14. Microwave
  15. Fully equipped Galley
  16. Bed linen
  17. Handover procedure approved by the Canal and Rivers Trust
  18. Preparation of boats for rental
  19. Repair and maintenance
  20. Copy of Boaters Handbook
  21. Maps of the canals
  22. Operational training
  23. Checklist for operation of the boat
  24. Steering training (with emphasis on speed and bridges)
  25. Bridge guide and places of interest
  26. CB radios for communicating whilst steering
  27. Pearson’s guides for navigating the various canal networks

24 hour service and support.


If you have any special request or requirements, please let us know.

Happy cruising from Midland Mallard!

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  1. Good day

    Just enquiring about narrow boat  renting for about a week-in July.
    I’m a British citizen living in South Africa, visiting my family in Derby, UK & wanting to do a trip with my sister & her husband. 

    Which canals routes can be travelled with your boats & do you have a map on these, please?

    Please send info. 

    Thank you
    Jimmy Simpson

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