Accessible Boat Hire

Canal holidays can be a great way to travel and explore the UK, but for those with restricted abilities, it can be difficult to find something that is truly accessible. Fortunately, there are a number of hire boat providers that offer accessible canal holidays for people with disabilities, allowing everyone to enjoy the beauty of the UK’s waterways. From wheelchair-friendly sleeping arrangements to adapted lifts and ramps, these companies provide a range of services that ensure those with disabilities can enjoy a safe and comfortable journey. With a range of tours, routes and activities available, these non profits & companies are helping to make the UK’s canals more accessible for everyone.

Lyneal Lady 3 - an Accessible Canal Boat

Lyneal Lady 3 – an Accessible Canal Boat

  • Many specialist accessible boats are equipped with wheelchair-friendly gangways, while some companies provide adapted lifts and ramps.
  • Some boats are equipped with beds that are suitable for wheelchair users, while some companies provide specialised chairs and beds that can be used in the cabin. For those who need extra carers, some companies provide an extra cabin or a separate area for carers to sleep in.
  • For those who require assistance with toileting, UK wheelchair toilets are available on many canal boats, enabling those with restricted mobility to enjoy the same level of comfort as their able-bodied companions.
  • When it comes to enjoying the sights and sounds of the UK’s canals, there are accessible routes that are suitable for those with restricted abilities. For example, some companies provide specialised tours for those with visual impairments, enabling them to enjoy the sights and sounds of the canals in a safe and accessible way. Each of these Accessible Boat providers will be able to advise on suitable routes in their own locations.
  • For more help and advice, contact the providers directly or visit our page Choosing a canal holiday boat for those with accessibility requirements.

Accessible Boat Hire Firms and Charities


CanalAbility Have a great holiday on one of our accessible canal boats, fully adapted for disabled people. Explore the Rivers Lee & Stort or longer journeys to London and the Grand Union Canal.

Lyneal Trust

Lyneal Trust's two specially designed boats, with accessible ramps, lifts and bathrooms, enable people with disabilities, vulnerabilities, or limited mobility, and their families, to enjoy a holiday on the Llangollen Canal.

Nancy Oldfield Trust

Nancy Oldfield Trust offers accessible accommodation, motor cruising, sailing, canoeing and pedal launches on the Norfolk Broads.

The Bruce Trust

The Bruce Trust provides accessible holidays on four wide beam canal boats. 12, 10 and 6 berth boats from either Great Bedwyn or Lower Foxhangers. Wide access ramps, grab rails, hoists etc.

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Kennet and Avon Canal
The Bruce Trust
Great Bedwyn, Marlborough SN8 3NS.
01380 721279

Lee Navigation

Llangollen Canal
Lyneal Trust
Lyneal Wharf, Ellesmere SY12 0LQ.
01948 710708

Norfolk Broads
Nancy Oldfield Trust
Irstead Rd, Neatishead, Norwich NR12 8BJ.
01692 630572

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