The Llangollen Canal weaves backwards and forwards across the Shropshire and Cheshire borders and into Clwyd and on its way passes through some of the finest scenery in the country. Three miles from Ellesmere and at the heart of the Meres district of North Shropshire, lies Lyneal Wharf.
The Shropshire Lady is a specially built 60 foot narrow boat designed for day trips that will accommodate up to 12 people including two wheelchair users. A day’s cruise on board the Lady with a trained crew provided by the Trust costs just £120. You can choose from one of two routes to enjoy the wonderful sights on the Llangollen Canal. Take a picnic or enjoy a pub lunch, it’s your choice. Your cruise will start when you leave Lyneal Wharf and finish when you arrive back there.
The Lady is unique on the waterways of Britain, if not the world. She has been designed with the assistance of professional physiotherapists and with the needs of our customers in mind, has thoughtful adaptions including an improved wheelchair lift, adapted WC and a consistent corridor from stern to bow which will accommodate wheelchairs of up to 28” (71cms) width. Her interior colour scheme has been chosen to help those who are partially sighted.
At the rear is a spacious deck, reached by a ramp from the shore with access to the saloon by hydraulic lift (maximum capacity of wheelchair and user is 200 kgs) or by the use of steps instead of the lift, dependent on the needs of the passenger.
Once inside, passengers have access to comfortable, fixed seating alongside huge windows and dropped sides to enable amazing views of the canal, countryside and wildlife. The saloon is light and airy and for those cooler days there is heating.
The galley, which is part of the saloon, has a hob, fridge and sink and all the crockery and cutlery needed to prepare light refreshments for the seated passengers on their tables.
The passenger saloon opens out into very large “well-deck” in the bow, with more comfortable bench seating. In sunny weather, open up the covers to this deck and enjoy the almost dreamy atmosphere the boats creates as she moves along and causes a gentle breeze, to waft through the passenger saloon.