We provide the facilities for people with disabilities and special needs to enjoy boating on the river on our specially adapted canal boats. You can hire our boats for a day trip, short break or longer holiday so that you are able to enjoy the relaxing tranquillity of cruising along the river.

Our boats have a range of facilities that make it possible for disabled people and people with mobility difficulties to access and enjoy them including ramps, lifts, and hoist points. Our focus is on ‘Ability, not disability‘.

As a charity we try to make our boats available to anyone who will benefit from their facilities and whose well-being will be enhanced through participating in a cruise along the waterways. Outlined below is a guide to who we serve as a charity.


You can hire our boats privately:

As a family, or a group of friends – if one or more people in your group has special needs or a disability*

You can hire our boats as a group or organisation:

If one or more people in your group has special needs or a disability*. Examples include

  • A charity or social support group whose members have a disability, mobility difficulties or a special need (eg: MIND, Parkinsons, Residential Care Home, Hospice etc).
  • A community group – such as residents groups, social club or organisation where disability* is not a requirement.
  • Schools, Colleges and Youth Groups with group members who have special needs/disabilities.
  • A group that provides care or respite for carers.
  • Any other type of group or organisation with a member(s) who have special needs or a disability*


* We recognise that all people have a range of abilities and whilst we do not employ a fixed definition of disability, our services are prioritised towards individuals or groups that would be unable to access a canal boat, and the river, without the adapted facilities that our boats are equipped with, or who would find it difficult to get on board or move around a canal or narrow boat that has not been adapted. Groups that have previously hired our boats are diverse and range from senior citizens, arthritis sufferers, sight impairment, mobility difficulties to wheelchair users and the severely impaired. Please ask us if you are not sure.

Groups that have hired our boats include:

1st Sawbridgeworth Scout Group Mencap St Clare Hospice
Gardens Nursing Home Rotary 3rd Harlow Guides
Accuro Age Concern Alzheimers Society
Baldock Day Centre Bishops Stortford Community Church Youth Group Boshier Hinton Foundation
Caring for Harlow Carers Church Army East Herts Day Centre
Edith Borthwick School Epping Stroke Club Fyfield Over 50s keep fit club
Greenside School Hastingwood WI Hedgrows Nursing Home
Hertford Disability Support Group U3A (various clubs) Lea Valley Arthritics Care
Livability London Centre Children Cerebral Palsey Harlow Fields School
Ongar Handicapped Club PACT Relate
Rye Park Womens Club SCOPE St Elizabeth College
Stroke Action Talking Hands Tye Green Lodge Care Home
Uniting Friends Upside Down Sports Club Waltham Abbey Woodcraft
Young at Heart Young Carers


Out of season and at quiet times we also hire our boats out to youth organisations (eg: guides, scouts), schools, and colleges. This is an extension of our core services and serves to introduce young people to the joys of the river at an affordable rate, whilst also providing valuable additional revenue to the charity that assists us in carrying our our core activities. Contact us to enquire about these services


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If you have mobility difficulties, or are a wheelchair user, you'll love our boats!

Each boat has a ramps & lifts to enable access via wheelchair and for people with impaired mobility, disabled toilet facilities and other adaptive technology to allow everyone to take an active part in its operation.

See the individual boats for details of their accessibility features.