Our main business is the operation of self-drive holiday hire boats on the canals. Canal holidays are enjoyed by many people with special requirements or who are less mobile. For safety, a minimum of two active crew is required for handling the boat and operating locks. We provide full boat hire training.
Our nearest train station is in Abergavenny and we are approx 20 miles from there. The easiest way to get to us is by taxi (taxi firms listed below) or by bus. However, please note the bus station is not nearby, therefore it would involve a trek into town or catching a taxi. The bus route which takes you to Brecon via the entrance to our hire base (just ask the bus driver to stop by Cambrian Cruisers Marina) is operated by Stagecoach – www.stagecoach.com and the no. is X43.
Car parking is available on site, free of charge. The car park and access roads are surfaced in tarmac and are fairly uneven with some small trip hazards and please be aware of the steep speed bumps. On arrival please park up outside the reception area and by our green hire boats and wait for instruction. We usually ask you to unload and get yourselves settled before parking up. Boats are generally moored alongside one another, so it may be necessary to step across other boats or climb over the back to get to yours. The jetty may be slippery when wet so we do recommend anti slip or boating shoes if possible for the whole duration of your holiday. For loading and unloading the boat, the car can be placed within 10 metres of it. We are happy to help carry baggage.
PLEASE NOTE – upon arrival, please seek a member of staff to check in before accessing the boats due to our health and safety policy. We can provide life jackets if required.
Our boats are typical narrowboats. Please see layout drawings, photographs and virtual tours on or website.
External decks are painted anti-slip paint and non-slip wooden deck boards. Corridors and doorways are typically 20" (500mm) wide. Most corridors pass from one side of the boat to the other – some boats have centre corridors. Headroom is at least 6' 2" (1880mm). There are no handrails within the boats. Flooring is Karndean vinyl flooring. Seating is mainly fixed settees with additional stools and leather recliners. Tables fit in only one position, but are demountable and can be stored out of the way.
Our single beds are typically 2' x 6' 3" (600x1600) and doubles 4' x 6' 3" (1200x1600). Some of our boats have 4’6” x 6’3” beds. Beds have foam or sprung mattresses. Bed height to top of mattress typically 20" to 24" (500mm to 600mm). Duvets and pillows are filled with hollofibre. Linen is polycotton. No feather pillows are used.
Back decks are cruiser style and the decks are level. Front decks have seats on each side which double as steps, for boarding. However, our two-berth boats all have free-standing wicker chairs. The step up onto the boat will depend on the height of the bank at that particular point and will generally be less than 18" (450mm). All boats have steep and narrow (2’) steps for access to the cabin. From the back deck, access down into the cabin is by 2 or 3 steps, with tread depth between 8" and 12" (200mm to 300mm) and rise of 10" to 13" (250mm to 325mm). From the front deck, there are one or two steps, less steep than at the back. At both ends there is a door sill of 6" to 8" (150mm to 200mm). One gang plank is provided, for use when the boat cannot be moored close to the bank. Planks are approx. 8' x 8" (2400x200), with anti-slip strips on one side.
Colour TV is provided on all boats. The screens are 16”- 20" or bigger. Lighting is by 12 volt strip or spotlights. Heating is by diesel with thermostatic control on the radiators. Bathrooms are of restricted size compatible with the boat. Most showers have a step 8" high. Kitchens and equipment are as described in boat details.
Dogs may be taken on all boats provided they are kept off the upholstery and beds at all times. There will be a charge if this policy is not observed. We accept one large dog or two smaller dogs on the basis that they are well behaved and toilet trained. All boats have 230 volt supply up to 1500 watt, suitable for recharging mobile phones and similar equipment. Please note that because all power is supplied from batteries, we cannot guarantee the continuous availability of 230 volt power. We therefore regret that we cannot take responsibility for power supply to equipment on which life depends.
We prohibit smoking in boats and buildings. All prospective customers are welcome to inspect individual boats by appointment before booking or to make specific enquiries by telephone or email. Please note that two active persons are required to handle the boat and locks and must be free to concentrate on this while the boat is under way. All dimensions are approximate.
We regret that our boats are not suitable for wheelchairs.
Address: Cambrian Cruisers, Ty Newydd, Llanfrynach, LD3 7LJ Telephone: 01874 665315
Email: please use our contact form or firstname.lastname@example.org
(Please use +44 for calls made outside the UK)
John’s Taxi – 07891 782907
Brecon Taxis – 01874 623444
Big Mike Taxis – 07989 998706
Neil’s Taxi – 07970 448385
Fast Cars Abergavenny – 01873 850000
Julian’s Taxis – 07970 182283
A Cabs of Abergavenny – 07958 702208