Welcome to the HNBC

Random boat image The Historic Narrow Boat Club was formed in 1966 and is a not-for-profit club dedicated to preserving the working heritage of UK canals, from the boats themselves to details of the waterways on which they travel.  We are passionate about working boats, traditional skills, the built heritage, and the practices and courtesies of the working boat people.
We are an active pressure group for navigational and waterway heritage interests and we welcome all who support our aims, whether boat owners or not.  By supporting the Club, you are helping to ensure that the UK’s canals retain their unique heritage value.  

We campaign to ensure that the waterways system is navigable for full length, deep-drafted narrow boats - because where they can go, anyone can go!

We hope you enjoy exploring this website.

Rochdale boat gathering and the Tour de France

On 6th July 2014 the Grand Départ cavalcade and cyclists will be passing alongside the Rochdale Canal on the second stage of the Tour De France race. To minimise the effect of many boats arriving in a short space of time, and travel restrictions on the main road, moorings will be allocated for any time between 28th June to 13th July with a choice of sites from Hebden Bridge to Mytholmroyd. Railway stations are close by at both places.