Joshua Day Boat Hire
Joshua Day Boat Hire
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Self drive day hire narrow boat. Explore the spectacular Caldon Canal in the beautiful Churnet Valley. Based at Denford near Leek in the Staffordshire Park District, Joshua is a 35 ft day hire narrow boat which takes up to 10 people for self-drive day trips
Leek, Staffordshire, England

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Michelle R
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
We hired Joshua for the day in March. The owner was really helpful in training us how to handle the boat and locks etc before we left. The boat itself was spacious, with plenty of room for the 10 of us on board. There was adequate facilities to make a hot drink etc on board (although some of the equipment was a tad old and tatty), we took our own tea coffee milk etc to use, but there was some provided (and yummy biscuits!). We would definitely recommend this boat hire for users for a different day out with friends.
Written 4 May 2022
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Thank you so much for the review, I’m so glad you enjoyed your day onboard, I agree about some of the facilities being a little old, we are in the process of updating and giving it a bit of refresh, Could I trouble you in asking what you thought was old and tatty? As every feedback is greatly appreciated and we can work to update a few things to make the day even more pleasurable Many thanks Tracey Joshua day boat hire
Written 28 May 2022
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Tony G
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
This was a thoroughly enjoyable day out for all the family.
Our family of 10 ranged from 9 to 67 and everyone really enjoyed it.
The experience of driving the boat and negotiating the locks, tunnel etc. was really fun. The tuition from Tracey at the start was first class and being able to see the beautiful countryside from the boat rather than the tow path gave a different aspect of the journey.
Written 5 July 2022
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Tony C
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We had an exceptional day on the canal to Leek on Joshua. Excellent tuition, Tracey was amazing and friendly. A day we absolutely loved and for us Aussies a unique experience we won’t forget. I would recommend to everyone to enjoy this trip, and not to be daunted by having no experience, tuition for the locks and the steering was comprehensive and Tracey supports you immensely. The trickiest thing was the kettle, but our kettle master did a great job.
Written 23 May 2023
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Martin
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
The best day out! Super helpful lock and steering tuition at the start of the day (total newbies) meant we could have the day to ourselves with confidence.
We took the route to Leek to avoid most of the locks, it was nice and quiet and we had the best weather. The facilities were perfect, plenty of tea, full working wc.
Regular boaters very helpful as we went along.
Best way to see this beautiful part of North Staffordshire, and right on our door step too!
Thanks to Tracey, so helpful and made everything from booking to getting going so easy.
Would strongly recommend to anyone.
Written 10 July 2022
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Hayley S
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
Had the most wonderful day on Joshua. The barge has everything you need for a great day on the canal - went to Consall with a group of eight friends, champers and nibbles. Fantastic day and loved every minute. Huge thanks to the lovely Tracey for keeping in touch with us to arrange the booking and the expert advice on the day. We will definitely be back.
Written 22 May 2022
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Awww thank you so much for the wonderful review Hayley, it was an absolute pleasure to have you and your crew onboard, I’m so glad you thoroughly enjoyed your day. We welcome you back anytime Many thanks Tracey Joshua day boat hire
Written 28 May 2022
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Nick-and-Olivia2014
Mullingar, Ireland102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
A very relaxing day going through some very nice scenery.

The boat was very well equipped and spacious for all of us.

The booking was very easy and organised, tuition was given before setting of which was appreciated.

Very highly recommend for super day out.
Written 14 June 2022
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Linda B
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Brilliant day, highly recommended! Easy to book, and well worth the money. Tracy was lovely and explained everything we needed to know before we set off. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided on the boat too.
Written 30 May 2022
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Bob G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
Excellent day on the Caldon Canal and its Leek branch. Narrowboat suitable for beginners, we received excellent tuition which enabled us to fully experience the delights of the canal with its locks, aqueduct and tunnel. Highly recommended for a leisurely day out in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside
Written 2 June 2021
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Thank you so much for the wonderful review Bob, I’m so glad you enjoyed your day onboard. We welcome you back anytime Many thanks Tracey Joshua day boat hire
Written 28 May 2022
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ballyLeek
Leek, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
Was given a voucher for my birthday to use
Joshua. My wife and 8 friends went on the trip. We went to Consall Forge, we had a brilliant time, highly recommend, brilliant friendly service, just book it, you will have a
great day
Written 7 July 2019
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Thank you so much for the review following your trip onboard Joshua! We are so happy that you had a great day! We hope to see you again in the future Tracey and Steve Joshua day boat hire
Written 27 September 2019
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megznwayne
Leek, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
Josh is a great little day boat, and with some fantastic tuition we were off!! Great day out for a birthday treat (with cake!!), and a lovely meal at the black lion at consall. thankyou very much.
Written 17 June 2015
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