Escape to the River boat

About Escape to the River


Escape to the River is a family run company operating out of Saltford Marina located half way between the historic cities of Bristol and Bath. We bought the boat in 2001 for family days out and because we both love being out on the River Avon. Since the children have flown the nest, we're making the boat available for you, your partner, your colleagues or your family to enjoy cruising on a skippered trip between Bristol and Bath.


We are fully insured and licensed to carry up to four people, hold an annual fishing license and allow pets on board - as long as they're not too big!


Whilst onboard you can take full advantage of the activities we have on offer. They range from a relaxing beverage whilst soaking up the sun either inside the cabin or on deck, fishing from the boat with the supplied kit (you're more than welcome to bring your own though), learning how to skipper the craft; working the locks, tying knots or steering at the helm or we can simply moor up and provide life jackets and kayaks for you to go exploring the river banks alone. (one and two person kayaks available)


We pick up from a number of locations between bristol and bath and these are detailed on our pick up page. We can provide light catering on board but if you'd like to make a day of it, why not stop of and taste the delights of the locally sourced ingredients.


Our main aim is for you to relax and enjoy your escape to the river. We do our best to tailor a day that's just right for you so whether it's a day trip or a particularly special occasion, get in touch and we'll begin planning your trip on the River Avon.


Saftey on board.

The boat has a Boat Satety Scheme Certificate until 5th June 2018.

The skipper holds a Royal Yachting Association - Inland Waterways Helmsman Certificate.  DBS Enhanced Certificate - August 2014,

First Aid for Infants and Children valid unti 21st March 2017.

Bouyancy aids and liferings, ladders and boat hook are available on board and we follow the Inland Waters Small Passenger and Boat Saftey codes.