Can any of you good folks tell me if it's possible to hire a narrowboad in Holmfirth? I've Googled my head off with no results. Thanks
Is there even a canal there? There is a river, but not sure it would be navigable by a narrowboat (in fact I am pretty sure not). The nearest canal I know of is the Huddersfield Narrow Canal (that is the one they used for canal scenes in "Last of the Summer Wine"). If nobody knows anywhere in Holmfirth, I suggest you try "Shirecruisers", who operate out of, e.g., Sowerby Bridge, about 15 miles away - SB gives you access to several canals in Yorkshire/Lancashire (note the Huddersfild Narrow is really for the experienced only).
I will say I haven't ever run a boat on the Pennine runs, my experience is further south. I've had a good mooch round and the nearest navigable waterway I can find is in Huddersfield where there are the Huddersfield Wide Canal and the H Narrow Canal. I have walked around Holmfirth - the home of The Last of the Summer Wine -and it is pretty steep there and the river Holm is pretty small. I'm not convinced that the Holm is navigable. I didn't see any hire boat bases or hire boat marinas in Huddersfield. There is a nice looking marina in Huddersfield, at the junction of the Narrow and Wide Canals, but it doesn't do hire boats. Did you have information that the Holm is navigable?
I rather suspected that, as Keith said, the canal locations used in LOSW were not in Holmfirth. Many thanks for the help.