A canal cruises – great for family & social groups!

The 2018 cruising season has now drawn to a close for the winter months.

Cruises begin again on 31st March 2019 and run through to 27th October.

Thank you to all who’ve supported us in 2018.  We look forward to welcoming many of you aboard in 2019.


For our 30min ‘Turn up and Ride’ boat trips – please see our website diary on the homepage.


Enjoy a cruise along one of Britain’s most beautiful canals

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These chartered cruises, exclusive to your party, 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.

…and for the romantics – a cruise for two 😉 

Enjoy teas, coffees, fruit squash and biscuits during your cruise – all included in the price!  Great idea – why not supplement these refreshments with your own picnic hamper 🙂 

Choose from 2, 3 or 4 hour cruises

4 hour cruises include a break at Harlaxton Wharf* – a picnic on the wharf perhaps?

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.

Download and print your cruise guide, or read on your mobile device on the boat – full of fascinating facts and points of interest along the way: 

Cruise Guide


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, passing Lock 17, to arrive at Lock 18 moorings (5 minute walk).  Our skipper & crew 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 the Dirty Duck: 01476 870111

Enjoy good food at the Dirty Duck

Please do not confuse Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, with Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth – you’ll miss the boat  😉 

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

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.


Email: bookings@granthamcanal.org

Our booking administrator will not be able to help with anything other than to enquire about your cruise.  Please use ‘Contact us’ on the blue menu bar top right for all other enquiries. 

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 the Woolsthorpe locks for example – some are in gainful employment!


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

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

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

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