Madeline is licensed to carry up to 12 passengers.

It was purpose built by Eckington School and launched in 2014; click here for the story. A big cruiser-style stern makes getting on and off the boat easy. Access to the passenger cabin is down a short flight of steep steps. There is a large front deck.

Passengers may have a turn at steering, under the supervision of our crew.

Madeline is based at Hollingwood Hub on the Derbyshire section of the canal.


Walk-up Trips for 2019

The Trust operates walk-up trips using Madeline on Saturdays from April to the end of September.
All start from Hollingwood Hub.
Trips leave at 12.00, 1.00, 2.00 and 3.00.
No advance bookings, just come and pay on the day.
£5, or £3 for under 16s.
Madeline also runs walk-up trips on Wednesdays during the Derbyshire school holidays between Easter and September, on Mondays during the Derbyshire schools summer holidays and on Bank Holiday Mondays. Midweek walk-up trips start at 11.00.


2-hour trips on Saturday mornings for 2019

There are 2-hour return trips to Staveley Town Basin or Bluebank every Saturday from April to the end of September at 10.00.
£10, or £6 for under 16s.
Free tea and coffee.
Booking essential, ring 01629 533020.


Easter Bunny trips

Saturday 20th April from Hollingwood Hub.
£7. Every child will receive an Easter Egg. A drink and a Hot Cross Bun for Adults. Picture Trail.
Trips run on the hour from 10.30; last trip at 3.30.
Booking essential, ring 01629 533020.


Fish & Chip cruises

On 23rd May and 20th June. 7 p.m.
£16. Two hour cruise including your Fish & Chips taken on the foredeck of the boat.
Booking essential, ring 01629 533020.


Strawberry Cream Tea cruises courtesy of Katey’s Coffee Shop

Every Wednesday at 2 p.m. from 5th June to 17th July inclusive.
£14.50. Two hour cruise including your cream tea provided by Katey’s Coffee Shop which will be taken on the foredeck of the boat.
Booking essential, ring 01629 533020.


Santa Specials

Weekends in December (£7). Bookings open on 1st September.


Charters for 2019

Charters for up to 12 people may be booked for any day of the week in any month of the year, but are subject to the school’s usage.

All charters cost £50 per hour.

For charters, contact Bob Breese: email or ring 07811 160631.

It is possible to book a charter for 24 people by combining Madeline with the John Varley for charters of at least three hours.


Madeline boat manager Bob Breese tells you a little more about the boat and the facilities on offer.