Bookings are now being taken for private trips for the autumn (schools have priority during the week in school term time). There is a serious drought in the area, so the Canal and River Trust has closed the locks at Hazelhurst. All trips now start at the CRT base at Park Lane, Endon, which is off Leek Road (A53), at ST9 9JA. The entrance to the site is approximately 270 metres (300 yards) from the A53 junction. It is between the railway bridge and the canal bridge and is signposted to Wharf Cottage. The trip will be along the canal toward Leek but unfortunately it will not pass through any locks.
Welcome to Beatrice
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.
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 [email protected]
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.
The Mayor of Leek has made Beatrice one of his charities for this year
Now recruiting crew and a Digital Trustee - could it be you?
Thanks to Morrisons and Leek Town Crier, Bill Lomas, for their support
To check availability and request a booking click here. Or ring 01538 710566. Or email [email protected]
To donate, click the "InvestMyCommunity" button 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 [email protected]
For general inquiries email [email protected]