Canal barge floating hostel operating between the Peak District, Cheshire & Manchester


Wandering Duck, Wandering Duck, C/O Baileys Trading Post, Lyme Road, Higher Poynton, Cheshire, SK12 1TH

Wandering Duck is a unique fully hosted canal boat experience of 2 or 3 nights on board a 69ft narrowboat. Trips take place around Manchester, Cheshire and Derbyshire. Come on your own or with friends and join a tour, or charter Wandering Duck for your own private small group (max 8 people). These experiences are very hands on and you’ll be shown how to work the locks and encouraged to have a go at steering the boat, all under the watchful eye of our experienced crew. Choose between the 2 or 3 Night Canal Boat Adventure travelling between Manchester City Centre and the edge of the Peak District or the 2 Night Canal Boat Escape journeying through stunning Cheshire Countryside between Marple and Congleton. Most meals are included in the price of the trip, as are hot drinks and home-made cake. On board you will find an honesty bar, games, and an ipod dock. As well as many walking options, fishing gear is available free of charge.

This accommodation is featured on our map of Central England and Shropshire and here is its own website.
Wandering Duck | Canal barge floating hostel operating between the Peak District, Cheshire & Manchester


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Rooms & Beds:

8: 2×4


March to October, 24 hrs.

Price per night:

2 night tour £145: 3 night tour £195: Charter the boat from £920. Tours include: accommodation on the boat, fully hosted experience, meals & cake.


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Public Transport:

All trips are one-way and start and finish within walking distance of train stations.

News & Offers

New route for the Wandering Duck

New route for the Wandering Duck

A trip between two important Northern Cities Manchester and Liverpool on the new City to City Tour

The Wandering Duck will be wandering between two important Northern Cities on the “City to City Tour”.   The first leg – Manchester to Liverpool – departs Manchester on 11th August, with the return leg to Manchester departing Liverpool on 16th August.  Click the City to City Tour to find more info and the Book Now button.  We are really looking forward to exploring this new route taking an extended (4 night) trip away from our normal routes.  We still have availability for our other trips over the summer – but If you can’t wait until the height of summer before joining one of our trips you’ll be pleased to know that some of our trips in May have been discounted – see here for website and dates.

Have you ever heard of a floating hostel ?

Have you ever heard of a floating hostel ?

The Wandering Duck up Marple Locks earlier this month.

Have you ever heard of a floating hostel ?   There are a few and we have a couple of them in the UK’s Independent Hostel network.  The Wandering Duck is unusual in that it offers trips of a few days, fully hosted with meals provided and locks negotiated.  Individual backpackers or groups of friends can join in and experience the beautiful views from the canals around Manchester into the Peak District.

Contact Wandering Duck:

07584 122614MessageView website