Day Boat Hire



Now available at Lyons Boatyard a new and exciting day trip boat "The Happy Valley"

 Based on the northern Stratford canal we are ideally placed for 3 different styles of cruising trips 

Day cruising self drive or Skippered Boat trips

Come on board with over 36 miles of lock free cruising

Available for groups of up-to 12 persons but strictly NO  booze cruises


Places to Visit

Navigating the waterways boaters handbook

Our Recommended Day hire Leisure Cruises

Our trips are completely lock free with 36 miles of continual cruising.

Route 1:

Into Birmingham.

Upon leaving Lyons Boatyard you can pass through a 250metre long tunnel on a three hour cruise that will get you in the heart of Birmingham. The quaint “Canalside” pub in Gas street basin serves an excellent Ale on your way to the newly developed Broad Street, the "NIA", and the “Mailbox”.   Set off at a comfortable time and retrace your route back past the spectacular buildings of the University of Birmingham, the New Queen Elizabeth Hospital towering over the City and Cadbury World at Bournville. 

Route 2:

Worcestershire Countryside.  

Head North again onto the Worcester & Birmingham Canal towards Tardebigge.  Shortly after Kings Norton junction you will enter the Wasthills Tunnel which is 2,493 metres long and takes approximately 35-45 minutes to complete.  It's absolutely fascinating to consider the workmanship that went into building this tunnel and is one of the longest on the network!  On approaching the end you will find the Hopwood Inn pub which has a very good menu at a very reasonable price.  The journey to here takes around 2 3/4 hours so lunch here and a relaxing, gentle cruise back to base.  A Perfect wind down!

Route 3:

The Stratford Canal.  

South towards Earlswood along this tranquil stretch of canal through steep, tree lined embankments to the drawbridge where you will need your BW key (provided) to reach the Drawbridge pub on the other side which serves pub grub and is reasonably priced. Or you can carry on as there is still plenty of time!  You are now in the "really pretty" countryside of the South West Midlands where you can continue on for a couple of hours to The Blue Bell (Ciderhouse) Pub at Earlswood.  They have a selective menu at a very fair price and serve a delicious carvery on a Sunday, prices starting at £4.50 upto £11.50 for a large carvery. Well worth a visit!  Alternatively, for a shorter trip, there are many more places to stop along the way, even if it's just for a picnic, anywhere will be fine! 

We will provide you with all the information you need including full instruction, a contact telephone number for any questions you might want to ask while you are cruising and lots of advice on where to turn, where to moor etc.  We are here to help you enjoy your day and hopefully you will come back again!!

What is on board "HAPPY VALLEY"

A toilet and hand wash basin, soft bench seating for up to 12 people, 2 x 4ft folding tables, a small oven inc. a grill & 2 burner hob, a kettle, 2 baking trays, a grill pan, 1 saucepan, plates, bowls, mugs, beakers, a chopping board, cutlery, can & bottle opener and a dog water bowl.  Hand towel, tea towel, toilet roll, hand soap, cleaning products provided.

A cooler box can be provided on request but we find most people bring their own if having a picnic.



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