From our base at Cheddleton we have a number of options for the route we can take. We can travel towards Hazlehurst Locks and then onwards to Leek. Or in the opposite direction we can head towards Consall and Froghall. Our shortest return journey takes around three hours. A trip to Froghall and back needs six hours. This video gives an idea of what you might see on the Leek branch.
The routes we can take
To give you a better idea of where you might go on your trip we have produced a schematic map that shows the various routes we can take, with an idea of how much time each needs. The choice of route is yours. Just discuss your options with the Skipper when you arrive. The map also shows the "what3words" references for points where there is road access to the canal. You can download the map here.
You will probably have many questions about your day out. We have produced a handy guide with lots of useful information for groups planning a trip on Beatrice. It includes our Risk Assessment, with which we would recommend group leaders make themselves familiar. You can download it here.
Beatrice is fully equipped for up to 12 passengers, including those with mobility difficulties. It has plenty of inside and outside space. There is a lift for wheelchairs and a galley and toilet. You can download a plan of the boat with more details.
Beatrice is moored on the Caldon Canal adjacent to the A520 in Cheddleton, near Leek. The postcode is ST13 7HN. We share a small car park with the Cheddleton Flint Mill and ask private parties to arrive in as few cars as possible. You can download more details, directions and a map here.