Frequently asked questions about your holiday boats

Arrival and departure

We endeavour to have the Shropshire Maid ready for collection by 1pm on the Saturday and the Shropshire Lass by 3pm.  If for any reason you are unable to arrive on time please contact the volunteer assigned to ‘meet and greet’ you so special arrangements can be made in advance. The Maid must be returned and vacated by 1pm on the Friday and the Lass by 3pm.


How far can we go on the Lass or the Maid?

The speed limit on the canal is 4 mph and although this means you could travel a good distance in a day, canal holidays provide the ideal opportunity to relax and get away from the hurly burly of every day life. A group staying for a week’s hire should comfortably aim to travel to Llangollen and back, providing ample opportunity to enjoy the local towns and sights on the way.


What are the facilities like on the canal?

There are a number of pubs, shops and marinas all within easy access of the canal. There are guide books on the boats, which lists the facilities available and highlights any particular access problems.


What are the sizes of the lift on the holiday boats?

The lift on the Lass is 125 cm x 70 cm.

The lift on the Maid is 151cm x 78cm.

The maximum weight the lifts can cope with is 300kg.


What size of wheelchair can be accommodated?

The maximum width is 26ins on the Lass and 28″ on the Maid.


Can I recharge equipment on the Lass and Maid?

Some electrical equipment can be recharged, for example mobile phones and electric wheelchairs.  There is an inverter on the boats (not a generator). This converts 12 to 240 volts and is capable of 1600w continuous use. Therefore it will depend on the wattage of the item being used. Any item near 1600w should only be used when no other 240 volt power is switched on. If anything near this power is used for more than 10 – 15 minutes the engine should be run at the same time.


Is there a shaving point on the Lass and Maid?

No, there is no shaving point on the Shropshire Lass, but a standard three point plug (240v) is available for use. This can be used to recharge a range of electrical equipment, including for some medical purposes.

This point is also suitable for use as a shaving point with a suitable adaptor (not supplied).


Can I use a hairdryer?

Yes, there are hair dryers on the Maid and the Lass.  If you bring your own hairdryer do not bring high power ones – the maximum should be 1600 watts.  Anything above this has been known to stop the electricity supply.


Are there hoists for the beds?

No – there are no hoists.  One of the upper bunks on the holiday boats can be pushed up out of the way to enable easy access to the lower bunk. It is recommended that the moving of the upper bunk is done under the supervision of an able bodied person.


What are the sizes of the bunks and bed?

On the Lass all top bunks measure 55cm wide and all bottom bunks are 65cm wide.  They are 187cm in length with the bottom bunks 45cm rom the floor and the top bunks 115cm.

The pull-out double bed measures 118cm wide and 195cm long.

On the Maid all top bunks measure 64cm wide and all bottom bunks are 76mm wide.  They are 192cm in length with the bottom bunks 40cm from the floor and the top bunks 120cm.

The pull-out double bed measures 118mm wide and 195cm long


Can I bring my dog or other pets?

Pets are only allowed by prior agreement at the time of booking.

In the interest of hygiene, all groups hiring the boat(s) are asked to ensure that pets are adequately walked and the boat(s) is swept clean of dog hairs prior to departure from the boat at the end of holiday.


Where can we park our car if we are using the boats?

There are ample parking facilities at the wharf side and groups are asked to use only the parking bays provided.

Groups are also advised to ensure that their cars are properly secured as vehicles are parked at the owners risk.

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