Canal Cruises

Cruise along one of Britain’s most beautiful canals on The Three Shires

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Enjoy a 30 minute trip*

Advance notice – the boating season will start on:

Sun March 27th 2022 Mothers’ Day

Please don’t try to book yet – updated details to follow

30min trips from Lock 18: 10:00, 10:45, 11:30, 12:15, 13:00, 13:45, 14:30 and 15:15.

Price: £20 per boat up to 10 passengers, plus £1 booking fee.  Covid compliance & where to find us – scroll down

30min trips must be booked in advance via our online ticketing system:

Buy Tickets ~ 30min Trips

each trip is exclusive to your group

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A two hour private cruise? 

Cruises can run any day of the week!

Price: £90 per boat up to 10 passengers. Check AVAILABILITY. If your chosen day is free on the calendar, telephone the Booking Line on 07486 955 775 to discuss your requirements or email:

Covid Precautions (from 19th July)

Passengers should not travel if they have Covid symptoms, have been asked to self-isolate, or come from a household where any member has Covid symptoms or has been asked to self-isolate.
Face coverings are optional for all passengers on board The Three Shires. 
Our crew will observe social distancing from passengers.

Due to Covid restrictions, we are currently unable to offer on-board refreshments.  We welcome you to bring your own picnic to enjoy during your 2hr cruise.  Crew cannot assist, or provide crockery/utensils etc.

Access 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 gates.

Cross the canal bridge, turn 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

Enjoy good food at the Dirty Duck 01476 870111 

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

*Please note, due to Covid compliance, there are no toilet facilities on 30 minute trips

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

 Explore 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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