For the safety of our crew and guests, and in line with Government legislation and guidance, we have suspended all boating operations.  Beatrice is not, therefore, currently available for bookings.  We will keep our regular users updated and post news on this website.

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Welcome to Beatrice

The setting

There is little that can beat a day out in our local countryside.  Even better when it is on or around our lovely waterways.  The Caldon Canal, in the Staffordshire Moorlands, is one of the most beautiful in the country. Our aim with Beatrice is to share that beauty with some who may not otherwise get to enjoy it.

The boat
Beatrice is a narrowboat dedicated, principally, to offering free days trips to groups of disadvantaged children.  Their disadvantage comes in many forms.  It may be a physical disability.  It may be a learning difficulty.  Or it may be a social or family factor.  For over forty years Beatrice has been helping such children to feel the joy of time spent in the fresh air in the countryside. And, if they are able, the new challenge of helping us through the locks.  On the way we will always see other boats and historic waterway features, like bridges, locks and cottage.  We usually see farm animals such as sheep and cows.  There are always birds, including ducks and geese.  And if we are really lucky we may catch a glimpse of a Kingfisher flying low over the water.  Or a Heron patiently waiting to catch her lunch.

Beatrice is fully equipped with all you need for a good day out, including special facilities for our less able guests. You can find more information about the boat and her facilities by clicking here.

School trips run during term time from April to October.  In school holidays, and at weekends, Beatrice is used for outings for other groups who might welcome our disabled facilities. She is also available for trips by family or social groups. Schools are not charged but for other trips we suggest a donation of £130 for weekdays, and £150 at weekends.  Beatrice hire includes the services of our skipper and crew.  She is not available for self-drive hire, as we need to ensure the safety of the boat for our regular users.  You can check availability and request a booking by clicking here.  Or ring 01538 710566 or email

Working as part of our crew as a volunteer is great fun too.  It is a chance to do something worthwhile in a sociable atmosphere while enjoying the waterways.  No experience is needed and you can give as much or as little time as you wish.  But, for those who wish, there is chance to become one of our skippers, with a recognised Royal Yachting Association qualification. To find out more click here.

As a guest, or as part of our crew, we look forward to welcoming you aboard.

Latest News

For full details and all our other news click here

We have currently suspended all trips due to Coronavirus. We hope to resume later in 2021.

Maintenance is underway on our home stretch of the Caldon Canal

Beatrice has been presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Contact Details

To book a trip,  check the boat’s availability and then request a booking on this website by clicking here.  Alternatively, after checking availability, email or call 01538 710566.

To donate, see Virgin Giving on the  right of this this website page or call 01538 386820.

To volunteer as crew, or to talk to the Chairman, call 01538 386820, or email