We’re celebrating the Bingley 250 with a Silsden offer

Celebrating the Bingley Five Rise Locks 250th anniversary

Celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Bingley Five Rise Locks on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal near Bradford

To celebrate the Bingley Five Rise Locks 250th anniversary, we’re offering 15% off 2024 canal boat holidays from Silsden, booked by 23 April 2024.

Step aboard one of our widebeam boats at the Bingley 250 celebration event

We’re also going to exhibit one of our widebeam holiday hire boats at the Canal & River Trust’s public celebration event at the locks on Saturday 23 March 2024.

The 55ft ‘Helen’s Drum’ has accommodation for up to eight people. Towpath visitors will be able to step aboard the boat to see the bedrooms, kitchen and shower rooms and other facilities on board.

‘Helen’s Drum’ will be moored alongside the towpath, not far from the top of the Bingley Five Rise Locks.

Routes from Silsden

Our boat hire base at Silsden is just six miles along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal from the Bingley Five Rise Locks.  We offer a choice of 17 narrowboats and six wide beam boats for hire.

On a short break, you can head east through the beautiful Aire Valley to Bingley and Saltaire.  Or you can cruise west to Skipton, Gargrave and the Yorkshire Dales.

On a week’s break, you can continue heading east to Apperley Bridge and Leeds Dock, or west to Barnoldswick and Foulridge Tunnel.


2024 prices from Silsden start at £570 for a short break (three or four nights), £875 for a week.

Book your holiday

To check availability and book, go to or call the booking team on 0117 304 1122, quoting ‘BINGLEY250’.

This offer can’t be used in conjunction with any other offer. Standard hire boat terms & conditions apply.

For information about the Canal & River Trust’s Bingley 250 celebration event, click here

For more information about our holidays from Silsden, go to


Share your holiday memories with Anglo Welsh

We are launching a photography competition to celebrate 55 Years of Anglo Welsh holidays

This year Anglo Welsh celebrates 55 years of providing canal boat holidays.  During this time, we’ve welcomed hundreds of thousands of narrowboat holidaymakers to the waterways.

From humble beginnings, with just one narrowboat hire base and Market Harborough in 1966, we’ve become one of the largest narrowboat holiday operators in the UK, with 160 boats for hire from 11 bases in England and Wales.

Things have changed quite a bit in that time, with over £1.5billion invested in the upkeep of the waterways by Canal & River Trust, and we have invested significantly to transformation in the standard of accommodation on board our boats.

Please help us to celebrate our anniversary

To celebrate our anniversary, we would love to share memories of your holidays through an online gallery of Anglo Welsh waterway holiday photos.

We welcome images from your past holidays, as well as those you take when you holiday with us this year.

Competition categories

We are offering a £100 voucher off your 2022 holiday* to each of the winners we select under the following four categories:

1.    Historic – anything from the previous millennium but the older the better!

2.    Pets afloat – dogs, cats, budgies, bunnies – whichever furry or feathered friend enjoyed your narrowboat holiday with you, we’d love to see a photo of them afloat

3.    Family Adventures – holiday snaps which include images of your family enjoying an Anglo Welsh holiday

4.    Iconic sites – images of your holiday where you experienced one of the Wonders of the Waterways, or another major aqueduct, tunnel or flight of locks (e.g. Caen Hill, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Chirk Aqueduct, Edstone Aqueduct, Blisworth Tunnel, Tardebigge Flight, Hatton Flight, Bingley Five Rise Locks, Anderton Boat Lift, etc)

How to enter the competition

Please send your photo(s) to with a caption for each, giving us as much information as you can, including your name and other information if you can remember, such as where the photo was taken, which year, which base you set out from and the name of the boat.  Please put ‘Photo gallery’ in the subject heading.  You can also enter the competition by posting on our social media channels @AngloWelsh on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Links to our social media channels can be found on our homepage

Up to three images per entrant are permitted.  The competition is open to entries from 26 May 2021. Entries must be submitted by 31 August 2021.

*Winners will be announced and vouchers issued on 30 September 2021


Please click here to see our competition Terms & Conditions

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Be Inspired

We offer a range of different types of holidays such as City Breaks, Relaxation Cruises and Popular Destinations

City Breaks
Rural retreats
Popular places

So why choose Anglo Welsh?

Over 55 years providing unique canal boat holidays in England and Wales.
Modern and spacious narrowboat and wide beam barge hire – from 2 to 12 berths.
Wide choice of narrowboat hire locations and canal boat holiday destinations.
Canal boat holiday routes for novices & experienced boaters.
Flexible holiday booking, no hidden costs.
Family friendly and pet friendly holidays.
Great days out on the water.
Luxury canal boat hire and Thames boating holidays.

Anglo Welsh. So much more than narrowboats

...but don't just take our word for it