A canal cruise – great for family & social groups!

To book your cruise: 07486 955 775

if you have one of our old green leaflets, please note the new booking number

One of Britain’s most beautiful canals

Picture 361

These chartered cruises along one of Britain’s most beautiful canals, are perfect for a family outing, anniversary or birthday – don’t forget the cake – our skippers are partial to cake!  Social and special interest groups have all enjoyed a cruise along the canal.

Our crew will serve you with refreshments during your cruise – why not supplement these with your own picnic hamper?

…and for the romantics – a cruise for two 😉 

enjoy teas, coffees, fruit squash and biscuits during your cruise – All included in the price!

Choose from 2, 3 or 4 hour cruises

4 hour cruises currently include a break at Harlaxton Wharf* – a picnic on the wharf perhaps?  Or visit The Gregory** (approx 860 yds walk each way) for a meal or a drink. The Gregory

We are happy for your party to bring something a little stronger than fruit juice.

‘The Three Shires’ narrowboat was purpose built for giving cruises for groups of up to ten people on the Grantham Canal, to include comfortable seating, kitchen, and yes, fear not, a loo!

Sit back and relax along this lock free summit level.

Access from the landing stages into the boat is down steps – you will need to be able to cope with these.

How to find ‘The Three Shires’

Cruises start from Lock 18 moorings at Woolsthorpe by Belvoir.

Make for the Dirty Duck Public House Postcode: NG32 1NY .  Enter the pub car park and park on the left hand side immediately inside the car park gates.

Cross the canal bridge, go through the kissing gate to your right and walk up the surfaced towpath to arrive at Lock 18 moorings (5 minute walk).  Our crew members will be there to greet you.

Parking by kind permission of Lynne & JF, licensees of the Dirty Duck.

A drink or a meal before or after your cruise? Telephone: 01476 870111

Enjoy good food at the Dirty Duck

Note: Please do not confuse Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, with Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth!

Hire Fees

Prices are for the boat, i.e. for up to 10 people.

2 hour cruise: £90.00

3 hour cruise: £125.00

4 hour cruise: £150.00

We request a deposit of £20 (non refundable unless we cancel the booking) to confirm your booking – the balance to be paid 7 days prior to the cruise date.

To Book Your Cruise

Click  AVAILABILITY  If your chosen day is free on the calendar – telephone the Booking Line: 07486 955 775 to discuss your requirements.

We can sometimes run 2x two hour cruises on the same day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Our Booking Administrator will advise.

Please give us a minimum of one week’s notice to arrange your crew.  Many of our crew also work in other sectors of the society – restoring Lock 15 for example – some are in gainful employment!



* Harlaxton Wharf is located on The Drift, between the villages of Harlaxton and Barrowby. NG32 1AE

** Normally the 4 hour cruises stop at the pontoon at the A1 Embankment, allowing passengers to visit the Farrier Public House, which is a short walk.  We hope to carry out dredging in this vicinity shortly, so that once again, 4 hour trips can to return to this venue.  In the meantime, we offer the Gregory at Harlaxton as an option en route, albeit a longer walk to the pub – don’t forget to tell them you arrived by boat!

Some people do ‘clever things with cars’, leaving a car by the wharf beforehand – makes getting to the pub quicker…

by enjoying a cruise on The Three Shires you will also be supporting the ongoing restoration & maintenance of the Grantham Canal!


Reduced size

Picture 361

A purely volunteer organisation – every penny we raise benefits the canal!

Comments are closed.