Getting the most from your holiday

Even if you have holidayed on the canals before the following steps should be always be considered:

1. Prepare for your trip beforehand

One of the most important tips to know before your canal boat holiday is to be prepared. This includes:

  • Route – identifying the route you would like to embark on before you get going. Many routes are circular, and will likely indicate how long these would take e.g. 4 nights, 7 nights, longer. If you have tick lists or an agenda you want to ensure is maintained, it’s worth planning out your canal route beforehand.
  • Packing – struggling with what to bring with you on a canal boat holiday? Take a look at our ‘what to being with you’ page.
  • Questions – when our volunteers makes contact with you before your holiday, take the opportunity to ask about any things you are unsure about.  When you arrive at the Wharf, the volunteer will give you a full induction and handover.

2. Carefully choose your canal boat crew

Travelling by narrowboat has many advantages, but it’s fair to say that living on a canal boat is likely going to be pretty cosy – so it’s important to be comfortable with the people you’re sharing the boat with. The crew will also need to prepared to get stuck in and help out with boating and understand what each person’s role is on the narrowboat before you set off!

3. Respect others on the canal

Respecting canal boat etiquette is important while on your narrowboat holiday. Some of the ways to do that can include:

  • Travel time – not travelling too early or too late, as this might disrupt those sleeping in their narrowboats. You should only cruise during daylight hours.
  • Slow down – as you pass by other boats on the canal, ensure you’ve reduced your speed – as this will ensure the waters won’t rock others’ boats as you pass by.
  • Take it easy – adopting the attitude of relaxing on the waterways will naturally fall in line with correct canal boat etiquette.
  • Noise levels – remember to be mindful of noise levels from your narrowboat, especially overnight if you’re moored up near to other boats. Playing loud music or shouting loudly can cause disruption to others on the canals.

4. Driving the canal boat

Often, especially if you’re a beginner to canal boat holidays, driving the canal boat can take some getting used to. It might be worth brushing up on your skills of how to drive a canal boat, so you are prepared to embark on your journey across the waters.

5. Mooring your narrowboat

Often, newcomers to narrowboats query where you can moor your canal boat – and if a fee is associated with mooring. In general, there is usually no fee for mooring – you are permitted to moor almost anywhere alongside the canal for no fee.

A Day Trip on The Lady

Ever wondered what it could be like to spend a day travelling the Llangollen Canal?
Take a look at this video we filmed back in 2019 of ‘A Day on the Shropshire Lady’, our day trip boat, heading to Whixall Marina on the Prees Branch.
Our guests were the children from a local Church and they all had a fantastic time aboard the Lady, enjoying the views and the sunshine, and even having a go at helping out at the lift bridges.
P.S. The Lady doesn’t really go this fast!
To find out more about the Shropshire Lady and further information on booking, visit our website here:…/

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct News

Although the navigation and towpath over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct will be closed to enable repairs to the cast iron handrail to be safely carried out until Friday 19th March, you can get a good sense of crossing it on foot from this video clip. This is a favourite adventure for hirers of the Shropshire Lass and the Shropshire Maid.

Sit back, relax and immerse yourself with our virtual experience of thebreathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site.

Chirk Tunnel Update 2021

Chirk Tunnel News

A reminder that the towpath through Chirk Tunnel and across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on the Llangollen Canal have been closed for winter works and are due to re-open on 20th March 2021. We hope we’ll be allowed to send the Shropshire Lass and the Shropshire Maid out from Easter onwards, depending on Government decisions in England and Wales of course.

Chirk Tunnel

Life Jackets ready to go !

Another annual job done !

Just back from their annual service, our Skippers’ life-jackets are just one of the many safety features on each of our boats. We’re looking forward to the day when we can safely release the Lady, the Lass and the Maid from their lock-down at Lyneal Wharf.

Safety on the Lyneal Trust Canal BoatSafety on the Lyneal Trust Canal Boat