The Three Shires Trip Boat

The Three Shires Trip Boat

You may have enjoyed the rural idyll that is the Grantham Canal from the towpath – now join us on the water and see the countryside and its wildlife from a different perspective.

From the ducks to the heron, from the fish to the kingfisher as they wend their way through the gently waving rushes – all there to see! – from the water aboard “The Three Shires”

Cruise on the Grantham Canal

The canal is ideal for a relaxing cruise aboard “The Three Shires” through this beautiful stretch of the Lincolnshire countryside along the navigable length of the Grantham Canal between Woolsthorpe and the A1 near Grantham.

The boat has comfortable seating in the cabin for 10 people and space to enjoy the outdoors with seats for 2 people on the fore-deck.  It is equipped with a small kitchen (everything is small on a narrowboat) and has a toilet for use in emergency.

The boat may be chartered for a family outing, a workplace special outing, supervised school trips, birthday parties etc. for cruises of 2 and 3.5 hours duration.

Naturally a skipper and a crew member are provided for your cruising enjoyment.

Choose your Cruise

Speed on a canal is not very fast and a two hour cruise reaches Denton Wharf and return, three and one half hours the A1. We suggest you select a 3.5 hour cruise if you want a break en-route, for instance, at Harlaxton Wharf or the A1 landing stage and pop in to the nearby Farrier pub for a drink,if you wish to visit those places.

We regret that we are not able offer a regular timetabled service selling individual tickets except on selected Bank Holidays and special days which will be announced on the society website


Tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks are usually available for purchase on all cruises. However for that special occasion why not discuss your requirements with us when you book your cruise.


The boat is not licensed for the sale of alcohol so why not Bring Your Own?

We are happy for your party to bring drinks but if you wish to use our glasses, crockery, etc. we would appreciate a donation towards the society’s funds


Access from the landing stages into the boat is down steps so we regret that it is not possible to accommodate those who are unable to walk.

Where do I find “The Three Shires”?

Cruises normally start from the landing stage at Woolsthorpe above Lock 18.

Aim for the Rutland Arms pub (Dirty Duck) Postcode: NG32 1NY . Cross the canal bridge, park off the lane and walk up the towpath past the locks for 5 minutes.

Volunteer for the Crew

Come and see the beauty of the canal from the water – then volunteer for the crew.

The trip boat is proving hugely popular and we are always ready to welcome enthusiastic volunteers to the cruise team.

People with boating experience are particularly welcome but we will provide training for skipper and crew roles for those with enthusiasm and commitment.


A trained skipper and a crew member (both volunteers) will operate “The Three Shires” for your safety and enjoyment.


Access from the landing stages into the boat is down steps so we regret that it is not possible to accommodate those who are unable to walk.

Hire Fees and Charges

For up to date hire charges and available dates for chartering “The Three Shires” please goto the Availability section of this website where all details are provided.

You can also telephone 01949 850999 where all your trip options, hire fee structure, booking facilities and any other queries can be dealt with.

Contact Details

Find out more from the Grantham Canal Society Website


Ring Fi on 01949 850999