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Rachel from Yorkshire wrote on September 13, 2021 at 8:00 am:
I would like to say a big 'Thank you' to Silsden Boats. We had an amazing family holiday on Drummer Boy. The boat was comfortable, well equipped and clean. The main thing which made the holiday so good was the friendly and helpful attitude from the staff. I was rather nervous about driving a boat, but the staff were very patient and reassuring. Someone came with us a little way to make sure that were confident with the boat and the bridges, and we managed the holiday without any big mishaps!
Vicki Phillips wrote on August 24, 2021 at 1:32 pm:
Had a weekend stay (Friday-Monday) on Jenny's Drum and it was fantastic! First time hirers and everything was explained thoroughly and we couldn't wait to get set off and put everything into practice. The boat was lovely, clean and comfortable and had everything provided that we needed. The staff were really friendly and put us at ease as I was quite nervous hiring a very expensive boat for the first time and we also found other canal users really friendly and helpful too. For anyone thinking about a canal boat holiday, do it!! It's great fun and everyone has to get involved. It's not a relaxing holiday, when your on the move it can be hard work opening bridges and locks and pulling ropes, but that's exactly what we wanted, plenty to do during the day with the reward of a good pub at night.
Silsden boats were excellent, we could not fault them, as soon as we got off on Monday we were discussing when we were going again. We'll definitely be back - thank you!
Tina from Bradford wrote on July 5, 2021 at 2:43 pm:
Just had a fantastic week on johns drum the staff at silsden boats are very friendly and efficient the only criticism of the boat it could do with a mini carpet sweeper as we had difficulty keeping the carpet clean. Scenery on the Leeds Liverpool canal is beautiful but some of the locks are in need of repair and one or two of the electric bridges where out of order.
Julie from Ibstock wrote on June 10, 2021 at 5:45 pm:
We got back on Sunday following a week on Amy's Drum. Staff at Silsden extremely friendly and helpful. We were a little anxious about tight car parking but were assured our vehicles would be safe and they were. Boat extremely comfortable and immaculately clean, shower and toilet best ever experienced on a boat. Would highly recommend Silsden Boats and the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, stunning scenery! Thank you all at Silsden for a wonderful holiday
Kaye Page from Weston super Mare wrote on June 8, 2021 at 6:35 am:
We collected our beautiful boat Barbara’s Drum 29th May for one week after a very manic two years. Within 24hrs the four of us were totally relaxed and even though it was our maiden voyage gaining confidence. The training and info was clear concise and anything we may have forgotten was covered in the manual (tip read your daily must do’s ). Barbara was well appointed with everything you needed included (even a good hairdryer) the level of cleanliness was excellent and accommodation spacious for up to three couples or a large group/family. As there was just the four of us it was fab and when friends visited us for the day we didn’t feel cramped. Everything was included in the price unlike some of the private hire boats who had to pay for fuel pump out etc. Also we felt Silsden boats were well maintained and were on call 27/7 we had to assist a private hire boat twice (the family on board including a five year old were informed when the engine overheated and seized up that this had happened before and given little help) so when they were reduced to tears we felt relieved that we had chosen a reputable company. The people on the canal were also very friendly and helpful and the canal trust staff and volunteers were excellent (if you feel like an extra thank you is required for these guys a can seems acceptable and especially for the five rise well deserved) Note you can join the canal trust from just £5 per month and this not only helps to protect and maintain the canal for boats but also the tow paths for walkers and very importantly the wonderful wildlife. We are now members as we feel that it’s a small price to pay. In our week without rushing we managed to reach the foul-ridge tunnel a feat of engineering and then back to five and three rise locks. Skipton was good on market day but the countryside en route was breathtaking. We will return and can definitely recommend Silsden boats. The only other tip is take a fishing net to grab the thankfully few bottles and cans that find there way into the water.
Jimmy, Yvonne, Simon, Paula and Holly Dog from Chorley wrote on May 28, 2021 at 9:06 am:
We spent last weekend on Gwens Drum, we were a little anxious on arrival at the boatyard but were soon put at ease by the helpful staff.
Everything was explained to us and we were soon on our way. Not quite the leisurely pace we were expecting with swing bridges to open and close, but still great fun.
Gwens Drum had everything we needed, a spacious bathroom with a good shower and loads of hot water, central heating to keep us warm and lots of pots and pans, not that we did that much cooking!
Thank you so much we had a thoroughly amazing time, despite the weather, Simon who is a motorsport competitor didn't realise you could have so much fun at 4mph, we're looking forward to another trip in the future.
A great big THANK YOU.
Tony & Julia Hogan from ROTHERHAM wrote on May 11, 2021 at 6:34 pm:
Just returned from a week on Ferns Drum, this was our first Canal holiday and we were anxious, but from the minute we arrived we were put at ease by both the Paul's, so much so we were taken to the first swing bridge, showing us how to navigate the boat, moor up and open & close the gates, having to walk back to the boat yard, we cannot thank them enough. The boat has everything you need, including central heating and a brilliant shower. A very slow paced way of life experiencing nature at it's best, recommend this amazing company for first class service, who care about their guests, quite unique these days. A huge thank you.
MR BARRY HUDSON from Winchester wrote on April 25, 2021 at 12:51 pm:
Just got back from Our Weeks holiday on Ferns Drum. First time on canal and was an amazing experience. Everything was explained at the beginning of the trip.
Boat was perfect for what we needed well equipped and very clean. small problem with air lock in radiator which was sorted in a few hours by Tom. Will definitely be booking again. loved every second it.
Thank you so much to everyone at Silsden Boats. will be seeing you again.
Sims family from Penrith wrote on April 21, 2021 at 6:45 pm:
We have just returned from a 3 day hire on Rosie's Drum. We had a really, really good time and although it wasn't completely relaxing (so many swing bridges and lots of concentration required to drive her!), we would definitely do it again.
It took a bit of getting used to but once we got the hang of it we really enjoyed ourselves. The only one to fall in was the dog! The boat was very clean, comfortable and toasty with the heater.
We were cold at night tho (thin duvets) but loved the hot water and spacious kitchen and bathroom. We would have liked more info on board about sights to see, places to eat along the way etc and a clearer map other than the one on the wall. Otherwise our intro was great, the staff really friendly and welcoming.
The kids loved it and there was never a dull moment! Thank you everyone for a great short break.
Sarah Powell from Wakefield wrote on October 29, 2020 at 7:40 pm:
Due to Covid we had to postpone our Easter excursion and rebooked for October half term.

The boat Gwens’ Drum was lovely and clean, well equipped and cosy on an evening.

The weather wasn’t on our side, but we made the best of a bad job! Unfortunately we decided to come back a day early as we needed to dry out !

We will be back again, but next time it will be in the warmer weather.