About Our Boat


The 'Spirit of Guiding'


Sleeps 12 in bunk beds

A shower

Two flush toilets

Central heating

Full size Gas cooker

Electric Fridge

Well equipped galley

Seating for 12 together at meal times

Sleeping accommodation
Galley & sitting/dining area


Bouyancy aids are provided - and must be worn by everyone at all times when outside the cabin.


There is a comprehensive manual on board with instructions for operating all the equipment.


Washing-up liquid, cleaning materials & liquid soap in the galley & toilets are provided. Please DO NOT use any others for environmental reasons.  


Hirers should bring their own First Aid kit.


It is advisable to have a torch readily accessible for help finding switches on board, also if returning to the boat in the dark to locate the key hole.


Please complete the visitors book which you will find in the seating area. We'd also welcome any report & photos of your time on board for our website, just email  editor@girlguidingwestyorkshirewest.org 


The skipper should also update the Skippers Log.




The 'Spirit of Guiding' is moored on the Rochdale Canal, The Wharf, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX6 2AG and is maintained by Shire Cruisers.

By car - only 10 minutes from M62 Junction 24, Birmingham 2 hours, Newcastle 3 hours & London 4 hours.

By train - Sowerby Bridge station is a few minutes walk away with a frequent service from Leeds to Manchester.

Follow the brown tourist signs for "Sowerby Bridge Wharf" & look out for the bronze life-size lock-keeper sculpture, opposite The Village restaurant.Turn off the A58 (Wharf Street) and head towards the Moorings pub, there is a small car park on the left BEFORE the pub which gives access onto the canal side. For access to Shire Cruisers Offices drive past the Moorings pub and turn left, drive forward and under the stone arch, the office is directly in front of you.

Spring 2015 News - over the winter a programme of refurbishment has been underway - our boat now has ...  new carpets, lino, curtains, fridge, water filter system!


Spring 2017 - New deck boards 


Summer 2017 - internal refurbishment throughout the year - bathrooms, painting, lighting


Winter 2017 - Outside painting to be done 


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