Kind Words from our customers :

“The boat worked well for us as a family.  The location is excellent with beautiful countryside and points of interest.  It is also very good value.”

“WOW! What a perfect day!”

“Has been a really extremely relaxing and suitable for 2 elderly wheelchair users.”

“Fantastic service!  We have all really enjoyed out day.”

“The facilities aboard the Lady are so easy with the wheelchair and takes out a lot of stress.  This has been a very enjoyable and stress free day.  The crew were excellent, very helpful and accommodating.  Thank you for an enjoyable day.”

“Thank you so much. I’ve been boating for 40 years and your charity means I can continue for a few more years!”

“We came last year and had to come back.”

“A wonderful experience for our ladies and girls.  Excellent facilities on board and very comfortable seats.  Brian and Alex were fantastic hosts and allowed some of us to steer the boat which was a real treat.  All in all a fantastic time and had by all and we would definitely do it all again.”

“Children really enjoyed it, a different experience.”

“We have been hiring the Shropshire Lass II regularly for a good few years now and each year feels like a new experience prompting us to book again next year.”

“Very well designed boat, easy to operate and handles well.”

“Great fun for all the family.”

“An excellent experience”

“Clean boat and very nice crew taking a lot of trouble to meet our needs.”

 “We are so pleased to have found the Lyneal Trust facility.  It’s been a marvellous experience and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed it having the house and the boat for our own private use.  Can’t thank  you enough Carole and your team.  Finally to be able to bring our dog Max was really great.  Thank you so much.”
“Thank you to all volunteers for maintaining such a wonderful facility.  We could not have boated without this.”
We had a thoroughly enjoyable week.  The fixtures and fittings of the Lass seem of very good quality.  I, as a wheelchair user, particularly enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to be directly involved in the running of the boat ie skippering, steering, turning the boat and working in teamwork with my wife in manoeuvring and mooring etc.  All too often facilities for the disabled seem to offer them no more than to satisfied as a non-participant ‘passenger’.  This is the exact opposite.  It allowed my input to be as significant as anyone else’s – without compromise.  Spread the word because it is a good experience.”
“Thank you for a lovely day everyone enjoyed it”
“What a fantastic facility for disabled people.  We have a son who has ADHD and ASD.  He loves to sail the barge.  I myself have COPD and I find it helps me breath better being out in the country.”
“Mr Dad’s dream has now come true and as a family we worked together and had a wonderful holiday.”
“We had a lovely trip.  Everyone had a go at ‘driving’, some more successfully than others!”
“Wonderful facilities and impressed by preparatory crockery and everything to hand.  Although we had rain and a lot of it, the whole family have had an opportunity to experience a day on the canal.  We would whole heartedly like to say thank you!  Everyone of us have enjoyed the day, start to finish.  We look forward to returning.”
“Thank you, great boat for the wheelchairs.  We had a very enjoyable day despite the weather!”
Please can we hire the Lass again.  Thank you ever so much for a fab holiday!”
“We shall certainly be recommending this day hire to others we work with.  Good stretch of easy boating for the less experienced boater.  Thank you once again for the warm welcome and memorable day out.”
“Thank you very much for a wonderful experience and for being so accommodating with our group.”
“Thank you to everyone who makes this available to the general public.  Wonderful work done by special people.”
“We hired the Shropshire Lad last Saturday.  Thank you all so much – the boat exceeded our expectations, well equipped and excellent access.  We were having a family outing with my 90 year old father in law.  The weather was lovely and the Shropshire Union Canal is so scenic.  We all had a wonderful, memorable day.  Thank you very much.”
“Just a note of thanks for yet another FANTASTIC holiday on board The Shropshire Lass II. Just wondering if we could book her again in 2017? Hope to hear from you soon.”
“Please can I pass on our heartfelt thanks for a truly wonderful holiday aboard the Shropshire Lass II.  A dream came true for my dad, my mum overcame her fears of going on a narrow boat and my husband, 10 year old daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our time aboard. Also everyone from the Lyneal Trust we came into contact with were really wonderful and so helpful.
I really hope we can book for next year depending on my parents’ health – I will be in touch.
Many, many, thanks.”
“I just wanted to let you know what a lovely day we had on the Shropshire Lad on Sunday. The whole group thoroughly enjoyed the trip and both Steven and Sheila were great and so patient with the children.
Thank you to everyone who makes the Lyneal Trust possible.”
“I just wanted to drop you a line to say a massive thank you to you and Chris and Frank and all the Team and the Trust down there at Lyneal.

We had the most amazing weekend, you remember the reason we all got together was in memory of my Dad, well we did him proud and although in parts it was emotional, the laughs and the stories outweighed the tears for sure.  Life is so busy sometimes that its easy to lose touch with family that you don’t see often enough, was so lovely to put that right. 🙂

It’s a fantastic set up you have there and the organisation & running of it all appears to be seamless (on the outside anyways!  I’m sure its not all plain-sailing… so to speak!!)

A couple of my cousins had never even been on a canal boat before and have been completely converted, well it is an addictive pastime after all 🙂

We’ll make Captains out of them yet!!

Thanks again Carole, you guys are Fabulous”



Season 2015

2015 was a record breaking year for the Trust!

Even more kind words from our customers

“The boat layout was ideal for our requirements.”

“Will be recommending you to all my friends.”

“It’s fun for everyone, wheelchair users alike.”

“Wonderful location, ideal setting, perfect for our group.  This is our 23rd year!”

“We had a wonderful, relaxing, fun day, children, parents and grandparents…. fantastic for disabled to enjoy a day with family.”

“We had a lovely driver and his wife who made it a lovely day out for my 2 children who both took turns to drive the boat. Thank you!”

“To Steve and Richard, our wonderful volunteer skippers.  Huge thanks from all of us – you looked after us SO well that I think we we’ll all be back!”

“Just to say a big thank you.  We had a wonderful day on the Lad with Alex. He was a great helmsman and coped with all the ladies’ various attempts at steering! The disabled member of our group was especially pleased that she could be included on the trip so thank you.
I look forward to another trip one day.”

Canal Cruise – Ellesmere Widows’ Friendly Club (May 2015)

The boat docked at the Wharf at a quarter past ten,

In the capable hand of two Rotary men

We went on board with the help of a lift

Hoping the boat would not go adrift.

One or two bridges got bumped on the way,

Causing us to have a bit of a sway.

We chugged along at a steady speed

Then Peter served tea, to quench our need.

Two hours later, we arrived at the pub,

And enjoyed a meal of delicious grub.

Everyone we met along the way

Smiled and waved, it made our day.

My great Uncle perished on the renowned Titanic

So now and then, I got into a panic.

But there were no icebergs on the way back to Ellesmere

And the cruise ended safely with a whoop and a cheer!

Kind Words from our customers
Ellesmere Widows Frendly Club


Summer 2014

“Just a few words to say a very big thank you for giving us the opportunity to have a wonderful holiday last week.  The facilities and location are first class and to have a day on the boat just put the icing on the cake!  Hopefully we will arrange another holiday next year and if it gives us half the enjoyment we had this year, we will be more than pleased.”