Even though we have been adversely affected by the Covid situation, we have been able to crack on with the restoration of Theo (in conjunction with The Heathrow Community Trust) with one or two men teams isolating themselves from the outside world.

To see how the are progressing please see the report at the link below

Restoration of Theo Report August 2020



We are now open

For Social Bubble Canal Trips

With up to 4 hour and up to 6 hour trips on our narrowboat Spirit

also, with up to 7 hours on our self-steer day hire narrowboat Reg

Social bubble 1

Where can we go?

There are some Covid 19 rules that will apply over and above our general terms and conditions

and by agreeing to the terms and conditions you agree to these additional rules

For Spirit please click here

For Reg please click here

Volunteering at the boathouse is by invitation only so please do not just drop in 

Except for pump outs and water only

Please observe the Social Distancing rules laid down by the Government

Note that the safety of our volunteers and customers are paramount.

We hope that you are all able to keep well and if you feel that we can help please do not hesitate to get in touch.

From all at HNA


New Dates for CCBM Training 

Please check back at a later date



Hillingdon Narrowboats is a charity which owns and operate six narrowboats on the Grand Union Canal, based in Harefield, West London.

Much of our work is with schools, Scout, Guide, Cubs and Brownies groups, disadvantaged people, DoE Gold students, Princes Trust and other community or voluntary groups, where we provide boats for anything from a single afternoon to a full five-day event on the local canal system.

We provide training under the auspices of the National Community Boat Association, at a number of levels, which are one to four day courses and are suitable for anyone, of any experience – from complete novice, up to experienced boaters. Our courses usually route from Harefield, into London, through St Pancras to Limehouse, and then along the tidal Thames to Brentford before returning to Harefield.

We also provide private and corporate hire: We have provided boats for team-building events, a family reunion (with members flying in from all parts of the globe); a five day adventure with three boats for a local school; countless Beaver, Cub and Scout narrowboat camps; and much more.

Every year, we run special events, such as our very popular Santa Specials in December, which saw over 600 passengers join us for a trip to see Santa in his canal-side grotto.

Whatever your background, and whatever you’re doing, narrowboating has something for everyone. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, get in touch and we’ll be able to come up with something fun, educational, relaxing or motivating. We look forward to boating with you soon

Painting of Coppermill Lock and boathouse with NB Spirit  by D. Morley Ickenham Art Society