Twyford Wharf Narrow Boats to build new 40ft Day/Overnight boat on their slipway

Twyford Wharf Narrow Boats will start a new build on their slipway at Twyford Wharf on Monday 15th May.  This is a really exciting venture!  Having a boat build on your own doorstep.  The shell is expected to be completed by the end of July with all other fitting out completed by end of December 2016.

The boat will be named ‘Comet’ after ‘Chieftain’ and ‘Conqueror’ – all British Army battle tanks.

Comet will have overnight accommodation for 4 – one double and two camp beds- shower, pump out loo, galley and a great viewing area at the bow.  Steve Emery is building Comet and Colin will be his ‘laborer’.  Engine will be supplied by Canaline ( 32hp) with all interior equipment being of a very high specification.

Watch this space for regular updates and photos as we progress to the completed boat.

Colin & Louise



No price increase for 2017 – bookings already filling up weeks!

Well, we are not even into 2016 season and bookings are being made for 2017 – Our prices for 2017 will be as for 2016 with the added incentive of, ‘Book before Dec 31st 2016’ and receive a 5% discount on you holiday cost – So, have a meal on us in one of the many canal side pubs!

Braunston Junction

Braunston Junction on The Oxford

We have a couple of weeks remaining for this season only – the earliest being 16th -23rd July.  Many of our customers are repeat bookers who have decided to venture further afield – The Warwickshire Ring (2 weeks) or going to tackle the River Thames.

WE hope to see you on board!

Colin & Louise



“BEST BOAT I’VE EVER HIRED” Trip Advisor report from Christmas/New Year boaters 2015/6

Best Boat I’ve ever hired.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW TRIP ADVISOR

I and my friends have been narrowboating for about 17 years and in all that time have generally had good service from the relevant hirers, but our experience this time was exceptional.
From the very first phone call to Colin Graham-Edge, meeting Mick in the yard right through to the end of the holiday the care and expertise of the people involved was first class.
The boat (Chieftain) was in very good order, clean, well equipped and handled perfectly.
During our holiday we met Twyford Wharf’s other boat and the occupants of that boat were equally pleased.

Visited January 2016

Only nine weeks available with Twyford Wharf Narrow Boats, so be quick to book! Call for extra week discounts not shown!!!!

The popularity of a canal holiday is growing fast – so quiet, relaxing and tranquil.  You can have a wonderful week in a great Narrow Boat, either ‘Chieftain’ or ‘Conqueror’ which sleep up to 6 – 4 in comfort, each with your own en-site bathroom.  Look at our gallery for photos of these magnificent holidays.

Twyford Wharf Narrowboats Video

Big Fish caught on Oxford Canal

For Martin – the highlight of his week was catching the fish below – what a ‘whopper’.  Caught at Cropredy on the 6th June.


We are pleased to announce that we can now offer a DAY BOAT, 39t to those who would like to celebrate an occasion afloat or just have a day on the Oxford Canal

The  purpose built 39 ft Day boat ‘Dancing Duck’ was built at Tooley’s in 2007 and side launched into the canal on the 7th July 2007, the first time that a boat has been side way launched for 90 years. Dancing Duck is 39ft long 7ft wide and Semi traditional style so passengers can sit with the helmsman .The Front cockpit which can be fully enclosed with a canopy.Faculties inside include 2 ring hob, cool box, toilet, Shower, sink and central heating. Sleeps 2 Plus 2 more on camp beds crockery and cutlery. You can come on one of our scheduled trips with other people or hire the boat   yourself for a private skippered trip.

Self Drive Hire You can hire the boat for up to 6 people for self drive. Persons holding an ‘RYA inland Waterways Certificate’ can hire the boat for   up to 12 people. RYA inland Waterways Certificate’ courses are available at Tooley’s Boatyard.

‘Conqueror’ makes the journey from Stoke Prior home

‘Conqueror’ has now joined ‘Chieftain’ at Twyford Wharf Narrow Boats. After some 70 miles and 120 locks – 4 days only – the crew celebrated with a couple of beers!!  Both boats are identical and support the same livery.  ‘Conqueror’ is now hired form Easter through to end of September.

Chieftain narrow boat cruises at Christmas!

Firstly a very Happy New Year to you both – we hope you enjoyed seeing in the New Year in style, with family and friends!

Having recovered from our own New Year celebrations and having survived our first week back at work, we wanted to write to say a huge thank you to you both for all you did to make our time on board Chieftain narrow boat so comfortable.  We had such a lovely time helped enormously by the comfort that we experienced on board – one thing for sure it wasn’t the weather that contributed to our comfort!!

Although Joe has been on a narrow boat before, I never have, so to book your boat during the Christmas period was, to say the least a risk!  I was always very excited and keen to “have a go” and the idea of getting up on deck, cruising in the winter sunshine, possibly even snow, soaking up the fresh air and meeting other people on the canals was appealing to me.  What we didn’t anticipate was the amount of rain, the high winds and the serious floods that hit the Oxford Canal.  However, we were never fazed by this. Chieftain narrow boat was so comfortable and fitted out to provide us with all the amenities that we are used to at home.  The two double beds in particular were so comfortable and with radiator central heating on board, we were never cold.  The galley kitchen provided us with the equipment to cook a good meal on board, although we decided not to attempt a full Christmas Dinner!

Cruising the Oxford Canal on the narrow boat was truly amazing – the sense of freedom and the joy of meeting so many interesting people along the route was brilliant and has provided us with an enormous amount of memories to treasure.  It’s a holiday for all ages;  we had Mum and Dad on board who are going to turn 80 next year, Joe, who did most of the ‘driving’ is nearly 70 and then there was me, whose age shall remain a secret but certainly a lot younger! Just as well, because my job was opening the locks!!  After the first couple, this became second nature and easily possible for fit healthy people.

It’s a great holiday for all ages, at any time of the year.  We had some of the worst rain this year but it didn’t stop us – it only gave us more determination to cruise again in the Spring when hopefully the weather will be much better.

Once again, we can’t thank you enough for the “extra” help you gave us – your hospitality and flexible attitude certainly helped to make our holiday such a memorable one.

Hope to see you again soon – in the meantime, please do send me more details about the painting course in March – I am really interested in pursuing this opportunity. Best wishes –

Linda & Joe – Mum & Dad – Christmas 2012

New Narrow Boats – Conqueror joins Chieftain at Twyford Wharf Narrow Boats

After being fully booked all through last year I know that many potential customers were disappointed that we did not have another narrow boat for hire.  After all, The Oxford Canal is one of the nicest in Britain to cruise! So for the 2013 season ‘Conqueror‘ has joined ‘Chieftain‘.  Both narrow boats are identical and each will sleep up to 6 persons.  There are two bedrooms – each with a double (rear converts to two singles if preferred) each with their own facilities – ensuite.  The dinette converts to a further double if required.

This makes for very comfortable cruising if there are 4 adults or a family of four.  Conqueror will be finished in the same livery as Chieftain, which proved so very popular with everyone.  General comments being, ‘Wow, we had so many compliments re the boat and nobody thought we were a ‘hire’ boat!’  A special thank you to all those that cruised with us last year for looking after Chieftain so well and to those of you who have already booked for 2013.  All that remains now is to put behind the rainy summer of 2012 and look forward to a sunny 2013.