What is the Canal Boat Trust?
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.
How Much Does It Cost?
The Trust relies on donations to run the charity and suggests, where possible, a donation of £100.00 is made for a day trip for up to 12 people. If you feel you are able to donate more please do so.
What Special Facilities Does The Boat Have?
The boat has a hydraulic lift to assist people in wheelchairs aboard. The toilet and washing facilities are designed for disabled people. Deep windows allow a clear view of the canal scenery as you cruise along. The fixed seating meets NHS standards and are exceptionally comfortable and the cabin has plenty of space for wheelchair users to gain access to the front deck area. Lady Winifred has 230v power sockets and USB charging points.
Who Can Book?
Bookings can be made for disabled people of any age. The boat can be booked by groups (schools, clubs, homes, etc.), by families who have a disabled member, or by individuals. Wherever possible bookings will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
How Many Passengers Can The Boats Take?
For Half-Day and Day-Trips Lady Winifred can take up to 12 people (including helpers). The ratio of helpers to disabled people must be determined by those making the booking. No more than 3 people in wheelchairs can be accommodated on day trips.
The Volunteer Crew
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.
Where Can We Go?
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 is available for use from 9:00 am to 5.00pm. We try to be as flexible as possible in setting the times of departure and return and passengers are asked to allow 30 minutes for boarding prior to departure.
We are able to carry 12 passengers (including helpers) at a time. For groups of up to 24 people (including helpers), half would go on the boat one way and the balance would return on the boat. The boat can travel from Trevor to Llangollen Marina or go to Gledrid (the Poachers pub ) and return to Trevor. Our boat is moored at Trevor Basin, close to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, approximately 5 miles from Llangollen and 7 miles from Wrexham. On Sat Nav – Postcode: LL20 7TY
What Is Provided?
FRIDGE, GAS HOB & MICROWAVE, COOKING UTENSILS, STANDARD CUTLERY, MUGS AND PLATES
All items of equipment on the boat have been kindly donated for the comfort and convenience of passengers. In the interests of hygiene, passengers are asked to remember to bring their own towels and tea towels with them. The Trust has some on the boat which are checked and washed on a regular basis when used. The Trust would be grateful if you would ensure that all equipment is returned at the end of the trip and that you take back any bottles or cartons home with you for recycling.
What Should Passengers Bring?
MILK AND FOOD FOR A PICNIC ON THE JOURNEY:
There is a Pub ( The Poachers) which provides bar snacks and meals, it is alongside the Canal in Gledrid and a Café alongside the Llangollen Wharf in Llangollen provides snacks and meals. The Booking Officer or Skipper can advise you about these.
SPECIAL CUPS, CUTLERY: passengers should bring any special aids they may require.
HAND AND TEA TOWELS: In the interests of hygiene, passengers are asked to remember to bring their own towels and tea towels with them.
CLOTHING: The boat is centrally heated, but warm clothing should be brought, so that passengers can sit on the foredeck weather permitting. Helpers should bring adequate waterproof clothing, non-slip shoes, etc. Passengers should also bring waterproof clothes, in case they wish to go ashore when it is raining.