Canal cruises


Regrettably boat trips and cruises have been cancelled

Let us hope for a more productive and enjoyable 2021 🙂


For our list of events including 30 & 45 minute boat trips, click here:  Scheduled ‘Turn up and Ride’ Trips


For cruises exclusive to your party, Cruise and Dine and Fishy Friday – read on 🙂


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

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Private cruises, exclusive to your party, are perfect for a family outing, anniversary or birthday.  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?

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, fear not, a loo!

Sit back and relax along this lock free summit level.

Alternatively, why not indulge in one of these fabulous great value cruises:

Dinning Out With A Difference!

Cruise And Dine: Every Tuesday evening during June & July ~ 2 or 3 course meal at the Dirty Duck ~ includes 1 1/2 hour cruise!

  Great Gastro Pub ~ Great Food!

More info. and to book:

Cruise And Dine

Like your fish ‘n’ chips?

You’ll enjoy them even more when you find out it’s only £20 and includes a 3 hour cruise on the canal!

In association with Award Winning Wellies Fish & Chips of Grantham!

Discover more:

Fishy Friday!


Want to helm a narrowboat?  A narrowboat holiday booked – need some practice?  There you go:

Experience Days


Useful information 🙂

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 Landing Stage 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 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.

Or email:

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 at the top of page for all other enquiries. 

We can sometimes run 2x two hour cruises on the same day; one in the morning; 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

And finally, enjoying a cruise is only one of the fabulous things you can do in and around Grantham: Discover South Kesteven

Cruises are an important income stream to us, enabling our volunteers to continue restoring this great canal

Reduced sizewe don’t just drive boats – we drive the restoration


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