Now that the sun is shining it’s the perfect time to think about a holiday with a difference. Many of the organisations that make up the NCBA provide boating holidays for diverse groups of people.
The canals and rivers of England are a wonderful way to explore the countryside whilst being able to bring home comforts along with you as you travel. If you’re feeling active you can learn to operate the locks or have a go at steering. Alternatively you can simply enjoy the journey and watch the world go by.
Some holiday boats can accommodate a surprising number of people and all will be fitted with the usual kitchen equipment and bathroom facilities. Many members of the NCBA have specially adapted boats to accommodate access for all.
Disabled Afloat Riverboats Trust are based in Gloucestershire and provide holidays to disabled passengers as individuals. People with physical, visual, aural or learning disabilities can enjoy boating with their carers, families and friends. They also welcome unaccompanied individuals.
The Peter Le Marchant Trust are in Loughborough and have provided day trips and holidays on waterways for disabled and seriously ill people of all ages for over 35 years. Their boat Serenade can accommodate 10 people. Narrowboat Melody is available to families with a disabled member for a self-drive holiday and training is provided before your trip.
Reach Out Plus in Hertfordshire have a specialist holiday boat which sleeps 8 and includes an intensive support cabin. They work especially with young people and people with disabilities.
As well as boating, your holiday can of course include fishing, cooking, painting, or reading and there accessible community holiday boats in locations right across England.
If you know of a local organisation or community group that might benefit from a waterways holiday get in touch with us. We can point you in the right direction matching you to one of our member organisations that can meet your particular needs.
Image credit: Canal Voyagers Hotel Boats