Book a trip on Birdswood, Cromford Canal

Trip Bookings on Birdswood

Birdswood is the trip boat belonging to the FCC, and is entirely run by our wonderful team of volunteers. Birdswood runs on scheduled trips throughout the year, open to all members of the public. The duration of a trip is 2 hours and includes a short commentary about the vessel and the canal. We have drinks and snacks for sale on board and there is access to a toilet. Once a month we have a Heritage weekend when Arraslea Shires join us and passengers can enjoy a traditional Horse Drawn Trip.
Come and enjoy a peaceful journey along the canal, introduced by a booming announcement from the FCC President, Brian Blessed. Birdswood is also available for private hire and for specialist educational trips.

Regular Powered Boat Trip

Regular Trips on Birdswood

Birdswood runs scheduled trips throughout the season, (March – December) open to all members of the public. You can purchase a ticket on the day in our Wharf-side Shop, but to avoid disappointment we advise you to pre-book your ticket here.

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Horse drawn trips on Birdswood with Chelsea

Horse Drawn Trips on Birdswood

The sturdy 13 year old Dales cross Clydesdale mare called Chelsea is the star of our horse-drawn passenger boat trips on the Cromford Canal.  Chelsea pulls our 70-foot heritage narrowboat from Cromford Wharf  to Leawood Pump House at a quicker pace than can be achieved under motor power.  After you’ve looked around the Leawood Pumphouse in steam she then hauls the 21-tonne boat back again.

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Charter Birdwood canal boat

Birdswood Private Charters

Birdswood is available for private hire and educational trips throughout the year. The boat can currently hold up to 40 people. There is no bar but passengers are welcome to bring their own refreshments. Party catering is available – please contact the bookings officer.

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Birdswood Santa boat trips

Birdswood Santa Specials

Treat the kids to a Christmas trip on the historic narrow boat Birdswood running in December 2018.  Seasonal refreshments for everyone and presents from Santa for the kids.

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