Before we begin, we would like to emphasise that the object of our charity is to provide boat trips for people who are less able.. If you are less able, you are eligible for free trips on our boats. If you are part of a group we would ask you to please look at, and follow, the details on the Trips For The Less Able page to find out how and when the boats can be made available for you. If you are a less able individual who wanting to come on a trip, you can book a FREE place on one of our scheduled trips (see scheduled trip page).
We can take you and your friends (up to 12 passengers) on a trip along the canal. Generally these will start from the Heulwen Wharf but we can arrange to pick you up from the town centre.
What about hiring the boat for a party?
So far we have had a wedding party, children’s parties, adults’ birthday parties and group trips.
When a boat is not being used (which pretty much rules out weekday trips before 4pm) we can take you for a trip along the canal. How long is up to you. At weekends you can start at 9.30am. During the week the boats are back at the Heulwen Wharf by about 4pm. We prefer to be back in daylight and of course in June and July it does not get dark until after 9pm.
So what takes your fancy? A trip to Abbey winding hole (far end of the Moors straight) which is about 2 hours. A trip into the town centre is about 1.5 hours return. Going from the town centre to the bottom of Red Lane (the road up to Powis Castle) would add 90 minutes. To go to the Belan is about 2 hours return from the town centre.
We charge £100 for the first two hours and then £25 per hour thereafter
If you fancy a trip when we are not scheduled but don’t have the numbers to hire the whole boat, you could email us and we would post a message to see if others would want to join you. If you are interested in this option then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you click this link Heulwen Trust you can download a copy of the leaflet that we publish. You are welcome to have a look at it or print it or, indeed, hand it around.
How to find the Boat
Our boats are painted red and are called Heulwen II and Heulwen III. When waiting to leave on a trip we will be moored up beside the Town Wharf. Both boats have wheel chair hydraulic lifts for access to cabin.
For the Saturday Sunday and Bank Holiday return trips, we pick up at 11 am and at 2 pm.
The Town Wharf is located between the pay and display car park opposite the Tourist Information Centre (location map see above). (Disabled access is much easier from this side of the canal) and the Tesco Car Park which is on the towpath side of the canal.
Looking at front of Tesco, go to your right as far as you can to find the canal. Alternatively when you come off the roundabout, pass the petrol station on your right and follow the main way (i.e. don’t turn off into any of the side roads to the parking bays) until you get to the end of the shops on your right. The canal is at the end of the car park. The boats are on the other side of the canal. Use the footbridge to the left of the end of the car park. Step free slopes lead over the footbridge (which originally was part of the narrow gauge railway to Llanfair Caerenion) and then down to the Town Wharf.
The canal is a bit lower than the car park so you may not see the canal boats until you are close to the canal. There is step free access to the boats from both car parks. Access to the cabin is by ramps and hydraulic lifts to make it easy for wheelchair users and people who are a little bit wobbly. Our toilets have grab rails etc.
For a location map have a look at this site. The Wharf is the wide blue area just below Mill Lane.