Accessible boating

Boats can be specially adapted for use by those in a wheelchair or with mobility impairment. There are a number of organisations across the waterway network offering this service.

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We want everyone to enjoy our canals and rivers and the unique experiences they have to offer. 

For people in wheelchairs, or those who find moving around difficult, a specially adapted boat may open up new opportunities.

If you run a boating business and would like to advertise your services to a wider audience, please look at creating a listing within our directory.

Boat trips

We run a trip boat which is accessible for manual wheelchairs from the National Waterways Museum in Gloucester

We also have an accessible trip boat at the Anderton Boat Lift

We have also been informed that the following organisations offer accessible boat trips, but please contact them for confirmation and up-to-date information. Please also be aware that this list is not exhaustive:

Accessible boat hire

The following have boats available for self-skippered hire for holidays from a weekend break to as many weeks as desired. Again, please contact the organisation directly for up-to-date details and confirmation. This list is not exhaustive.

  • has one wide-beam boat based near Berkhampsted on the Grand Union Canal with access to London and as far north as Warwick.
  • is the contact for The Bruce Trust's (no connection with the Bruce Wake Trust above) four wide-beam boats at Great Bedwyn, near Marlborough on the Kennet & Avon Canal.
  • has wide-beam boats at Harlow on the Lee & Stort navigations with access to the Regents canal, Paddington Arm and Grand Union Canal.
  • has one narrowboat based at Lyneal , near Ellesmere, on the Llangollen Canal with access to the Montgomery and Shropshire Union canals.

  • at the Willow Wren yard at Hillmorton, near Rugby has one adapted narrowboat for hire.

  • has an accessible narowboat for hire on the Basingstoke Canal

Further information

Other websites offer information about accessible boat hire operators. Please take a look at and

Please note that we offer this information in good faith but cannot take responsibility for content on third party sites.

Last date edited: 9 August 2017