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Self-drive narrowboat holiday hire 


 Begin your adventure

This beautiful narrowboat has been in the same family since 1978

She was built by Springer Engineering and has been updated and modernised with a full refurbishment in 2017 and a brand new engine for 2020.

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About Us

The boat was designed by John and Norma Hampson to fulfil their wanderlust. The name "Kwa Heri" means "Goodbye" in Swahili, to reflect their love of travel.


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Whether you have been on a boat before or not, we cater for everyone, providing boat handling tuition to prepare you for your journey!


Take a peek inside...

Inside the boat there is everything you need for a home from home experience on the waterways of England. 


Kitchen Diner

Compact kitchen galley with everything you need to prepare meals, leading onto a cosy dining area, which converts to a double bed.

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Front Cabin

2 twin beds can be converted into a Large King Size Double. All bedding is provided. There is limited storage space under the beds and in wardrobes. 

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Thermostatically controlled shower and flush toilet with basin. Clean towels and shower gel are provided.

Experience how it could feel to own a narrowboat...

We do not display advertising on the side of Kwa Heri so she feels and looks like your very own canal boat.



Relax on the large sundeck at the back of the boat taking in the scenery and wildlife.

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We welcome dogs aboard The Purple Boat and our dog Katie has always enjoyed trips away. She looks very smart in her yellow lifejacket!


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The Purple Boat is moored on the Trent and Mersey Canal in the historic inland waterways port of Shardlow.