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The Kensington Foundation Canal Boat Project

01253 761 334


Memorable, Affordable Wide-Beam Canal Boating!

The Margaret Kane is a wide-beam canal boat, purpose built in 2007. Our mission is to provide memorable, affordable, holidays on the Lancaster Canal for families needing additional support. In 2006, the late Margaret Kane very kindly bequeathed part of her estate to the Kensington Foundation. Margaret's life was dedicated to helping others in her career as a nurse

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  • Wheelchair UsersWheelchair Users
  • Assisted Wheelchair UsersAssisted Wheelchair Users
  • Limited MobilityLimited Mobility
  • CarersCarers

The Boat

Our boat was built in 2007 and specifically designed for its purpose. Measuring 57 feet x 10 feet, it can accommodate and cater for up to 10 people including crew.

"The Margaret Kane' is managed and run by volunteers. The venture is non-profit making, and is self funding in order to cover running and maintenance costs. Trips can be varied to meet individual needs, ranging from a half-day cruise on the Lancaster Canal to as much as a 3 nights' stay on board the boat, moored at a canal-side village or market town. Qualified crew will be on hand to assist the families throughout their cruise

On-Board Facilities

The Margaret Kane is fitted with a wheelchair lift and a disabled toilet. There are 2 bedrooms, both en-suite, one including a shower.

The Boat provides easy wheelchair and disabled access. She is equipped with a lift, (with stairs removed) as well as wide corridor & doors to cater for wheelchair access.

There is spacious, centrally heated living accommodation including 2 en-suite bedrooms, kitchen and lounge/dining room.

The Kitchen is fully equipped with pots, pans, glasses etc and includes sink, fridge, oven, and hob with collapsible breakfast bar, providing additional worktop and dining space.

The Lounge provides all the comforts of home with bench seating and double bed settee that will open up to provide additional sleeping accommodation. There is also TV and DVD.

Bedroom 1 comprises: lower single bed that converts into a double with overhead single bunk. There are shelves and cupboards for storage and en-suite shower,
sink & toilet.

Bedroom 2 comprises: 4 single bunk beds, each with individual cupboard space and light, as well as shelves for extra storage, and en-suite sink & toilet.
The Kensington Foundation Canal Boat Project
The Kensington Foundation
The Lodge, 216 Whitegate Drive
United Kingdom

The Canal

Your route will be along the Lancaster Canal which runs from Preston to Tewitfield.

Places of interest include Garstang, Lancaster, Carnforth, and many smaller places such as Bilsborrow and Hest Bank. At times the canal runs alongside the M6 motorway and across the River Lune over the aquaduct.

Lancaster Canal has the option of the Glasson Dock Spur from Galgate which has a series of locks and shopping at the famous `Smoke House'.

There are many canal-side attractions such as ice cream at Guy's Court, refreshments at the Waterwitch and the sheer peace and tranquillity of the cuttings. As you cruise at less than 4 miles an hour you can afford to relax and enjoy the beauty of the countryside.

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