Audlem Lass recognised at Canal and River Trust awards

The prestigious nod was received at the 2017 Living Waterways Awards

For the Audlem Lass Boat Service, based at Overwater Marina on the Shropshire Union, it felt like a case of David and Goliath at the recent Canal and River Trust 2017 Living Waterways Awards.

The little community run boat, which raises funds for the RNLI, was presented with the ‘runner up’ title in the prestigious Recreation and Tourism category, which saw CRT’s Leeds & Liverpool Bicentenary Celebrations crowned winner.

Overwater Marina opened in 2010, and was a farm diversification project.

The aim was to create not only one of the most beautiful marinas in the country but a warm and friendly atmosphere where people could feel at ease and appreciate the wonderful Cheshire countryside.

The marina can accommodate 230 narrowboats and has been designed with conservation, wildlife and the countryside as the main theme so that the marina becomes a destination. 

The Audlem Lass Boat Service provides passenger trips from Overwater Marina to the picturesque canal village of Audlem - and back - every weekend from Easter until the end of October.

Over the last five years the boat has transported over 20,000 passengers and has become one of south Cheshire’s most popular mini tourist attractions. 

Rodney Cottrell, founder of the Audlem Lass says: “Being runner up for such a prestigious award means a lot to the crew who give up their spare time to run the boat, whatever the weather.”

The boat service plays a valuable role in connecting Overwater Marina to Audlem and its fabulous range of shops and services as well as providing a great little day out in the beautiful Cheshire countryside.

The Audlem Lass Team also plays a key role in organising the annual RNLI Festival and Boat Share Show at Overwater as well as supporting other events in the village - such as the Big Switch On, which takes place this year on Friday 24th November.

The group of volunteers are always on the look out for prospective new crew, so if you can spare a few hours a month and love nothing more than messing about on the water please call Joe Hoyles on 07880 727 870 or email for more information.

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