Specially adapted for use by people with disabilities, CanalAbility’s Holiday Canal Boat Redwatch ventured far away from it’s Harlow home – all the way down to the River Thames for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Here are a few photos from the journey:
We had the most wonderful day with the very helpful and friendly crew of Andrew,John and Mike!! The whole family were... able to get involved with steering the boat and helping with the locks. This was our second day out with CanalAbility and we will definitely be back again!!
Thank you very much to Andrew,John and Mike for making our day so enjoyable!!!read more
Lovely trip with friendly informative staff.
large comfortable boats kitted out for people of any disability with all facilities. The staff (all volunteers) are... helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. They really make the day special for the group.read more
Brilliant day out, relaxing, fun and informative. Our crew were lovely and made sure that everyone got the chance to do... everything from steering the boat to opening and closing the locks. Great value for money too.read more
What a fantastic trip out on the river , staff are so friendly, helpful and informative.
Would highly recommend for a... relaxing trip.read more
Tracy Banks Jones
Posting late as we did this in April but a fantastic team and such a lovely experience. The boat we had was very... accessible for our two wheelchair users and we had a lovely picnic at the front. Thanks so much to the team we will come againread more
Had an amazing day out. The crew were so thoughtful and really allowed the children to take an active part! We also... ticked off one of my dads bucket list. A really enjoyable family day, where lots of lovely memories were made. Thank you.read more
Delightful 4 hour trip with a group from Sanctuary Housing today. The crew were very friendly and most accomodating.... Have no hesitation in recommending this excellent charity.read more
Jenny Lee Norwood
fabulous day. Even the rain in the morning didn't spoil the day.
Just the most special day out! Such a luxury for all our family needs to be met without compromise and to watch our... disabled daughter steering the boat was pure magic! Fully accessible days out for us are such a rarity that this was pure luxury and the glorious weather certainly helped!read more
CanalAbility gives access to the pleasures of cruising the waterways to those who would otherwise miss out on the... experience. The boats are adapted for and well equipped to cater for the needs of wheelchair users and differently abled children and adults and their carers so that they may enjoy the many pleasures of time on the river.read more
brilliant trip on the Stort, with lovely friendly volunteers. nothing was too much trouble. we will be back!
thank you guys . Made to feel very welcome . Whole family had a great day . would highly recommend !
I can’t praise the volunteer skippers enough . They were absolutely fantastic giving their time on what feels like... the one and only wet and windy weekend in the last 6 months !
They were kind , caring and professional and took a lot of stress out of the weekend when I thought we’d struggle with managing Redwatch on our own .
Thank you - you made the trip .read more
I took a group of residents on a day trip yesterday and we all had the most fabulous day..thank you so much to all your... teamread more
This was a birthday surprise (well, almost) and could not have been better. Wonderful day on the river, glorious... sunshine, lovely friends and excellent crew. I would recommend this to anyone.read more
The Residents, some of their relatives and the staff at Cuffley Manor Care Home had two lovely trips on The Stort. a... huge thank you to the excellant crews especially our skipper today Ken with help from Mary and John. Very informative, kind and careing people. we would recommend Canalability for a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Well done to all these voluntees you do a great job.read more
Very Helpful Staff
Very Nice For Anybody In A Wheelchair And There Friends
Lovely day out - thank you �
We’ve just returned from a fantastic day out on the Stort Daybreak with our fabulous crew members Barry, Tony &... Chris. What a wonderful experience and the crew were brilliant with our children from Upwards with Downs. The boat was spacious, could easily accommodate buggies and was well equipped for the journey. The crew were brilliant at teaching us to steer the boat as well as how to work the locks. Would highly recommend xxread more
Amazing crew, boat and views along the stort
Nice way to explore a lesser known river, including a couple of locks on our day trip. The crew are terrific and made... sure our group had a great time.read more
Had a lovely day spending my sisters 40th. My son who is in a wheel chair loved being up top watching the canal views.... All the crew were all so lovely ��read more
Had a lovely unique experience for our daughters birthday treat, the crew were outstanding
Sarah Louise Wess
It was a nice relaxing day thank you for having us
Our group ASL enjoyed our Christmas boat trip so much in December we can’t wait to book our summer one!! Great staff... and great fun would highly recommend �����read more
Thank you so much to the crews of both Daybreak and Challenger. Members and staff from Grapevine Essex had a fantastic... day cruising along the River Stort yesterday. This was our fouth trip and we've already had requests to 'do it again'. A lovely relaxing day and the river was beautiful.read more
Fantastic day out as always our Christmas wouldn’t be the same without it now .... thank you to our wonderful crew .
Brilliant afternoon on the river . Thank you for our certificate for steeering the river boat .. xx .. Highly... recommend. .read more
Great afternoon on the river with skipper Barry, first mate Jon and Harriet, Children loved it. Thank you. Highly... recommend �read more
I had a great time with our crew of John, Andy & Pete, they were very helpful & friendly. Will recommend to others for... sureread more
I had a wonderful day out with canalability on Thursday 15th of September 2016. A big thank you to Barry are skipper... for the day for making are day out so much fun. The weather was beautiful and sunny and me and all of us from Stevenage Mencap all enjoyed are ice creams at the ice cream shop outside Harlow before we turned back for Harlow. Also I like to thank Barry for his instructions while I was steering the canal along the river Stort after our ice creams. I am so very pleased I kept the canal boat in the middle of the river with his help and I really enjoyed it so very much. I hope Mencap will book another trip with you again very soon. Many Thanks Robert Baker.read more
Norman R. Hunt
Tree across at Latter lock wide beams cannot get through. Turned and now heading down river
Amazing crew, funny, kind and caring. Cannot thank you guys enough for making our trips out so memorable. Thank you. XX
Had a day trip today with canalability very nice people had a great time. Doug
An amazing team of very kind and helpful volunteers. A superb day out. Highly recommend
Great venue & charity that supports all the patrons with caring staff.
A huge thank you to the 6 volunteers that supported the 2 boats out today with The Upsidedown Sports Club. We all had a... brilliant day, and the volunteers were brilliant and understanding even after setting off so late..My son Jack had such a fantastic day and really bonded with the men, being treated like one of the ladsread more
What a lovely day a big thanks to the crew for today ☺
We have had many trips and we always have a great time and are well looked after by the crew
Had a great time today. With my friend Marlene and her friends cruising up to Roydon Mill. Enjoyed steering the boat... (mentored) and helped with the lock gates.
The staff are very friendly and all three that looked after the boat, Stort Daybreak, do a fine jobread more
Great crew! Lovely day....would recommend! ✌
Hi just to say we spent a fabulous Father's Day with these guys the staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful, the... facilities are great. These guys are doing a grand job and I recommend this to anyone who through a disability wouldn't normally be able to have a trip on the canal. Splendid work people we are much appreciative and we will be back!read more
What a great day!! Thank you to the 3 members of staff we had today... Even under pressure they made our day! Would... recommend to all xread more
We went when the weather had turned, but they had heating on board so we weren't cold.
The crew were very good with our... elderly residents and had a good back up plan when the boat broke down.
Well done. We had a good laugh. Well worth another go in the summer months.read more
Thoroughly enjoy my trips out with canalability. Everybody is welcome to have a go at steering & operating the locks.... The crew are all volunteers who happily give their time for the enjoyment & inclusion of others.read more