Hillingdon Narrrowboats is a charity which own and operate five narrowboats on the Grand Union Canal, based in Harefield, West London.
Much of our work is with schools, scout/guide groups, disadvantaged people, DoE Gold students, Princes Trust and other community or voluntary groups, where we provide boats for anything from a single afternoon to a full five-day event on the local canal system.
We provide training under the auspices of the National Community Boat Association, at a number of levels, which are four day courses and are suitable for anyone, of any experience – from complete novice, up to experienced boaters. Our courses usually route from Harefield, into London, through St Pancras to Limehouse, and then along the tidal Thames to Brenfford before returning to Harefield.
We also do private and corporate hire: in 2015, we provided boats for an annual team-building event with a global airline; a familly reunion (with members flying in from all parts of the globe); a five day adventure with three boats for a local school; countless beaver, cub and scout narrowboat camps; and much more more.
Every year, we run special events, such as our very popular Santa Specials in December, which saw over 600 passengers join us for a trip to see Santa in his canal-side grotto.
Whatever your background, and whatever you’re doing, narrowboating has something for everyone. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, get in touch and we’ll be able to come up with something fun, educational, relaxing or motivating.
Finally, our blog carries articles showing what we’ve been up to – do take a look. We look forward to boating with you soon!