The Lass

The Shropshire Lass Holiday Boat is a purpose designed 70 foot canal boat with accommodation for up to 8 people and finished to a high standard.

The Lass has a ramp, hydraulic lift and hydraulic steering in addition to the conventional tiller, which allow wheelchair users to take part in the running of the boat.  Wheelchair users are able to access all parts of the Lass including the bathroom which has been specifically designed for them.  The Lass has been designed to take wheelchairs up to a maximum width of 26” – the standard size for wheelchairs.

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The Lass can sleep up to 8 people with 3 two tier bunk beds and a pull out double bed.  One of the upper bunks can be pushed up out of the way to enable easy access to the lower bunk. There are 2 toilets and a shower.  The Lass has central heating, fully equipped galley (hob, grill, oven, fridge, crockery, cutlery and kitchenware) and TV.


Take a look at the photos of the Lass at the bottom of this page.

Please note hire of the Lass does not include pillows, bed linen, blankets or sleeping bags.  Towels are not provided.

For a full list of crockery, cutlery and other equipment on The Lass please click here.


Standard ‘weekly’ hire is from Saturday arriving at 3pm and returning the Lass to the Wharf by 3pm the following Friday. This allows us time to prepare the Shropshire Lass Holiday Boat for the next hire.

Once unloaded, there is ample parking available in the Trust’s own car park.

One of the Trust’s volunteers will meet you when you arrive and ensure you are familiar with the operation of the Lass before you set off.  They will give guidance with suitable routes depending on the length of your holiday.  You will be given instructions about brining the Lass back to the Wharf and how to leave her.  If you need any assistance with your departure home please let us know as soon as possible.

We do ask that at all times there is one designated person in command and that person is familiar with and adheres to all health and safety requirements.  To ensure you are prepared for your holiday and enjoy the canal safely we recommend you read the Lass’ Handbook and the Canal & River Trust’s boater’s guide.

Please click here to read the Terms and Conditions for hiring the Shropshire Lass.

Please be aware that although the Lass has a number of adaptations, she is not adapted to cater for every disability and medical condition.  Disabilities and medical conditions must be explained on the booking form.  Electrical life support equipment must NEVER be used on board the Lass.

Shropshire Lass Holiday Boat for disabled and elderly





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Still need convincing?  Read what some of our customers say about a holiday on the Lass.


Click on a photo for a closer look at the Lass