Accessible boating

Did you know canal and river boats can be specially adapted for people in a wheelchair or with reduced mobility? There are a number of organisations across our waterways offering this service.

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Everyone deserves 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

You'll find two of our trip boats are accessible for manual wheelchairs. One is at our National Waterways Museum in Gloucester the other is at our Anderton Boat Lift.

The following organisations also tell us they 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 you want. Again, please contact the organisation directly for up-to-date details and confirmation. This list is not exhaustive:

Other waterways

Further information

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

Note: this information is in good faith, we cannot take responsibility for content on third party sites.

Last date edited: 16 August 2019