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The Vale of Llangollen Canal Boat

The Vale of Llangollen Canal Boat Trust provides day trips for disabled and disadvantaged people of all ages. The narrowboat Lady Winifred is accessible and was designed with the needs of disabled people in mind. Trips run from March to October each year in the beautiful Llangollen Canal.

  • Parking
    • Parking
  • Mainstream/Special
    • Special
  • Type of Activity
    • Canal Boat
    • Tour
Dock House
Trevor Wharf
LL20 7TY
    • Age
      • Pre-School
      • Primary School
      • Secondary School
      • 16+
    • Accessibility
      • Hydraulic Ramp
      • Wheelchair Access
    • Disability
      • ADHD
      • Autism
      • Complex Needs
      • Down Syndrome
      • Hearing Impairments
      • Learning Difficulties
      • Mobility Impairments
      • SPD/dyspraxia
      • Visual Impairments
    • Free Entry for Carer
      • Not Applicable

    The Vale of Llangollen Canal Boat Trust was formed in 1983 to raise money to build a narrowboat for disabled and disadvantaged people of all ages. The Trust has one boat, Lady Winifred, which is our day trip boat. The boat and the office are run on a voluntary basis. Patrons are: David Essex, Aled Jones and Brian Kay.

    The boat can seat up to 12 people (include helpers/carers) and the fixed seating meet NHS standards. It has a hydraulic lift to assist people in wheelchair aboard. The toilet and washing facilities are designed for disabled people. The cabin has plenty of space for wheelchair users to gain access to front deck area. It also has cooking facilities. 

    The Trust provides skippers who are trained to NCBA ( National Community Boats Association ) standards and who are responsible for the safety of the boat and for ensuring that the necessary equipment is available for passengers. They are not trained to deal with disabilities, therefore, group carers or family members would be expected to take that responsibility.

    Trips depart from Trevor Basin. One of the highlights of a day trip is to travel over the `Pontcysyllte Aqueduct` We are able to offer a number of trips of varying lengths to suit most requirements. The boat can travel from Trevor towards Llangollen (turning at the Bryn Howell winding hole) or go to Gledrid (the Poachers pub ) and return to Trevor. 

    Parking is available at Trevor basin visitor area. The parking immediately adjacent to Trevor basin is BLUE BADGE ONLY but this is a small car park. If your party consists of more than one vehicle, containing able bodied passengers, there is a much larger car park (which also has disabled spaces) nearby. This is a pay and display car park. The SATNAV for that is LL14 3SG (Queen St). Both car parks, run by Canal & River Trust, have an all-day charge of £3, payable by machine.

    There is a well signposted, wide, flat path to take you from Queen St to the mooring for Lady Winifred, which will take 5 minutes or so.

    The Trust relies on donations to run the charity and suggests, where possible, a donation of £150.00 is made for a day trip for up to 12 people. If you feel you are able to donate more please do so.