Disabled boat trips

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The Heulwen Wharf



Ready to go


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In the Belan lock

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Are you eligible?

We offer free trips to those who are less abled than others. If you think you fall into any such category, try us to see if we agree with you.  We do try to take a broad view of how we can assist. For instance we do think that if a child is less abled, they should be entitled to celebrate a special occasion by asking their friends to join them in a party on one of our boats without charge for the use of the boat. If you want to decorate the boat please leave yourself enough time before the children arrive.  We do expect you to provide suitable refreshments , sufficient carers and of course the cake

When can you go?

We usually operate day trips on two boats Monday to Fridays.  We also have a panel of volunteers who can take you for a "special" trip at other times - see below.

Each boat can take up to 12 passengers including carers.  A group of more than 12 could use both boats.  We have had individuals join a small group (if everyone agrees).  

Trips during the week can be as short as two hours. It may be three or four or five hours (or longer but you will have to be at the Heulwen Wharf in good time and you will need to think how you can be fed and watered!!). The earliest trips could leave at 9.30 am but we are happy to suit your requirements knowing that it takes time to make your way to Welshpool. Usually the boats will have returned to the Heulwen Wharf well before 4pm. Again this depends upon your requirements. 

Facilities on board

Both Heulwen II and Heulwen III are equipped with a hydraulic passenger lift specifically designed to allow for wheelchair access. Each boat has a step free toilet suitable for our users with adequate space in the toilet area for the disabled person and two carers.  On Heulwen III the toilet has step free access to a curtained off space with a a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench.  Non slip floor

In addition we have galley facilities for carers to prepare refreshments or prepare a hot meal.  We have a kettle and crockery and cutlery. Please wash up and leave the facilities as you would wish to find them.  


The Council charge us for taking away rubbish we would appreciate it if you take your rubbush home with you.

Please be aware that whilst we do provide a qualified boatman we cannot provide carers. So please ensure that the physical care of individuals is provided for.


We do have a “Visitors Book” on the boats and we would be pleased if you want to leave your comments.

In the event you wish to raise a particular point on a more formal basis please be free to use the Contact us page or you can write to us using the details on the About us page


The boats generally are out during the week and are back in base by 4pm. So at weekends or on the long summer nights there is plenty of time to take a trip (generally during British Summer Time). In June July it is still light until 9.30 pm. So how long do you want to go?

Availability and Booking

If you want to book a trip please follow the instructions on the booking page

Any booking must be confirmed 

When the boats are not being used for our Charity's purpose we do offer private hire – see our Private boat hire  page

Emergency Telephone numbers

Boatmen Heulwen II 07974 573498 or Heulwen III 07885 484228