New for 2011: the perfect honeymoon boating holiday

Boating honeymoon through the Yorkshire Dales

Boating honeymoon through the Yorkshire Dales

Brand new for 2011 and ideal for a honeymoon, Cambridge is a luxurious 44ft narrowboat sleeping two, based at Sowerby Bridge in Yorkshire.

Guests receive a complimentary bottle of champagne on arrival and the boat features a double bed, bath with shower, fitted galley with cooker and microwave, a comfortable saloon with colour TV and DVD player, plus radiator central heating.

Sowerby Bridge is situated at the junction of the Rochdale Canal and the Calder and Hebble Navigation and is ideally located for exploring the Pennine Canals with highlights en route including romantic crags and hills, moorland walks, stone-built towns and welcoming pubs.

Available between March and October, a week’s hire ranges between £570 and £1035 inclusive of fuel, bed linen, car parking, boat licence and tuition on arrival (including locks), plus one well behaved pet is welcome free of charge.

Accessible & wheelchair friendly boating holidays

Widebeam canal boat

Bruce Trust accessible widebeam canal boat with wheelchair access.

There are a number of charitable trusts and organisations that specialise in the provision of self-drive canal boats with special adaptation to facilitate wheelchair access or to allow crew with mobility difficulties the possibility to enjoy a shared holiday with friend and families.

UK Canals & Rivers

The list below provides the websites for groups and organisations that offer narrowboats and widebeam boats for hire which have been specifically adapted to accomodate those with limited access or mobility:

Accessible Boating Association – two boats on Basingstoke Canal
Bruce Charitable Trust has a fleet of four specially constructed broad-beamed boats on the Kennet and Avon Canal, available for hire by groups including the disabled. Two bases.
CanalAbility – (on R. Stort in Harlow)
Coventry Rainbow Canal Trust – operates nb Lady Godiva, which is specially adapted for day trips or holidays for people of all ages with mental or physical disabilities.
Disabled Afloat Riverboats Trust – Thames, K&A, Yorkshire Ouse
Ethel Trust Community Barge (Thorne, n. of Doncaster, on Stainforth and Keadby Canal)
Lyneal Trust – nr. Ellesmere on Llangollen Canal; cottages also
National Community Boats Association – “… encourage and support community boating organisations within the UK …”
Peter Le Marchant Trust – (Loughborough, Leics.)
River Thames Boat Project – (River Thames, Kingston/Richmond/St Katharine Docks)
Rivertime Boat Trust – (River Thames between Windsor and Oxford)
Seagull Trust – free canal cruising (Scotland)
South Staffordshire Narrowboat Company – (Wolverhampton, West Mids.)
Stockport Canalboat Trust offers day trips and short holidays for people with disabilities around the canals of North West England.
Swansea Community Boat – (on the Tawe River Navigation in Swansea, Wales)
Waterways Experiences – charter for crewed or self steer one of 3 widebeam boats on the Grand Union Canal at Hemel Hempstead. Day or residential trips.
Willow Trust – (Saul Junction, on G&S)

Norfolk Broads

The list below provides the details for groups and organisations that offer cruisers for hire on the Norfolk Broads which have been specifically adapted to accomodate those with limited access or mobility:

Neatishead – River Ant – Nancy Oldfield Trust:

Motor cruising with wheelchair access, sailing, canoeing, and kayaking for all, whatever disabilities you may have.  Day activities, holidays and courses.

Tel: 01692 630572

Norwich – River Wensum – City Boats:

Two electric day boats, each takes eight people and has a hydraulic lift for wheelchairs.

Tel: 01603 701701

Ormesby Little Broad – Broads Authority:

Wheelyboat, with ramp for access, based at Eel’s Foot Inn at Ormesby St Michael.  Takes 4 people including one wheelchair user.

Tel: 01493 730342

Oulton Broad – River Waveney – Waveney Sailability:

Sailing club offering members with disabilities the opportunity to sail in specially adapted dinghies.

Tel: 01502 475228

If we have missed anyone out, please dont hesiate to add a comment and we will update all of our lists as soon as possible.


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Grab a Twixmas canal boat holiday bargain!

For a Twixmas holiday with a difference, Waterways Holidays suggests exploring the canals and rivers of the UK with a stay on board a narrowboat.


A great way to get away between Christmas & the New Year

‘Avocet’ and ‘Dabchick’, for example, are both well equipped 55ft narrowboats sleeping six based at Hillmorton near Rugby in Warwickshire.

A choice of cruising routes is available from Hillmorton – including lock free cruising along the North Oxford and Ashby Canals or with locks along the South Oxford or Grand Union Canals.

Four nights’ hire – starting 27 December 10 – costs £750 inclusive of diesel, two bottles of gas, car parking, bed linen, cancellation protection and tuition on arrival.  Up to two well behaved pets are welcome – the first is free of charge, the second for a cost of £15.  0845 127 1020,

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