Summer Lancaster Canal Boat Trips

40 minute boat trips available throughout the summer along the Lancaster Canal.

Event details

11 August 2019 to 1 September 2019

11:00am - 4:00pm

Crooklands Hotel

Lancaster Canal


Crooklands Hotel


Trips 40 minutes long, on demand between 11am and 4pm every Sunday from May to September. 

Bank holidays and Saturdays in August are also available. 

Max 12 passengers per trip.

How to book

Turn up and book on the day. Visitors generally book in and then go for a short walk, have a picnic, go to the Crooklands Hotel etc or sit on the chairs provided when waiting for the boat.

Things to see & do

Families with children can spend time while waiting by exploring the towpath adjacent to the Stables, Crooklands Bridge (166) and Wakefields Wharf. Quiz sheets are available. Children are also encouraged to look out for wildlife both in and out of the water and frequently they can join in supervised pond dipping sessions beside the stables.

There are lots of water birds and often their young to be seen ,including Mallard ducks, Mute Swans, Moorhens, Heron, Kingfishers, etc. Other visitors include Cormorant, and Buzzard and Kestrel. Visitors are also encouraged to note the different habitats that border the canal and the contrasting vegetation.

The boat trip

While on the boat a crew member talks about and answers questions about the history of the canal and its surrounds, and points out features of particular interest. Restoration projects on the Northern Reaches are also explained.


  • Adults £3
  • Children £1
  • Children under 1 yr old free
  • Dogs free


There are unfortunately no facilities for boarding the boat in a wheelchair. Users must be able to negotiate the steps down into the boat.

Additional note: the boat is also operational every Saturday in August during the main holiday season. It can also be chartered at any time by private groups for longer trips lasting between

1 and 2 hours duration. Enquiries should be made by contacting the LCT boat manager School parties are also catered for.


Country Fest and the Westmorland Show: The boat is also operational from the Westmorland Showground  (Bridge 167) for the Countryfest Weekend (June 1 and 2) and in September as part of the Westmorland Show on the 8th September. Because of demand these trips run to a tight half hourly schedule. As part of this year's Bicentenary Celebrations the trip boat nb. Waterwitch welcomes the IWA Trailboat Festival to the Northern Reaches for the duration of Countryfest. Further details of the Trailboat Festival can be found on the IWA website.

Boat moored in front of bridge on Lancaster Canal Lancaster Canal