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VASD Canal Boat Holidays

01372 841148


Enjoy A Canal Boat Through The Beautiful Hertfordshire Countryside

Cruise the historic Grand Union canal through the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside. By taking on boating tasks such as mooring and steering, disabled individuals build confidence, improve self-esteem and develop new skills.

Ref: DHG279AB


  • Wheelchair UsersWheelchair Users
  • Assisted Wheelchair UsersAssisted Wheelchair Users
  • Limited MobilityLimited Mobility
  • Visually ImpairedVisually Impaired
  • Hearing ImpairedHearing Impaired
  • Learning DisabilitiesLearning Disabilities
  • ElderlyElderly
  • Mental IllnessMental Illness
  • CarersCarers

Specially Adapted Canal Boat

Our specially adapted canal boat, the QEF Jubilee, moored at Hemel Hempstead, has just undergone a £50,000 renovation including an engine overhaul, flooring repairs, windows refurbishment, fixtures and fittings replaced, and new galley facilities. The boat is specially designed and equipped for disabled people. At 55 ft. long and 12.5 ft. wide, she is wider than standard canal boats, giving you comfortable access for wheelchairs. Facilities include a medical bed, hoist tracking systems and a wheelchair battery charger.

Our boat is adapted so that even the most severely disabled people can enjoy steering and crewing her along the canal, from their wheelchair, using a joystick. Our trained skipper will greet your party and give you comprehensive instruction on the operation of the boat with particular regard to Health and Safety.

Special Facilities

  • Wide beam for easy mobility below deck
  • Accommodation for 8 people with up to 3 wheelchairs.
  • Large decks at bow and stern
  • Wheelchair-accessible boarding ramps from each deck to the towpath
  • Hydraulic lift at both ends for access to interior
  • Flush toilets
  • Wheelchair-accessible toilet & shower
  • Galley with full size cooker, microwave, fridge
  • Central heating
  • TV
  • Buoyancy aids for all sizes

Floor Plan

Your Cruise Holiday

Our specially adapted canal boat will be moored at Hemel Hempstead. Cruising north, the canal takes you through the beautiful countryside to historic Berkhamsted with its castle, coffee shops, pubs and shops. Further north the canal passes through Tring Summit, a 3-mile cutting with pubs at both ends, and then through Marsworth reservoirs, a nature reserve with wheelchair accessible walks. Beyond the reservoirs is Leighton Buzzard, home to Whipsnade Zoo. If you have a two-week break you can travel as far as Warwick through welcoming local villages.

Heading south takes you on a fascinating journey through countryside, some industrial history and on to the sailing lakes and nature reserve at Batchwood.

Here's What Our Guests Say...!

"Wiliam had such a wonderful time! He has not stopped talking about it! He is more self-confident and becoming more self-sufficient!'William's Mum - Service user

“We have been enthusiasts of canal boating for many years owning our own boat and cruising the canals from Stratford upon Avon to Bath. It is wonderful how the canal boat takes disabled people out of their usual environment as they enter locks, handle ropes and steer. The benefits are lasting and tangible, improving communication, building confidence and self esteem and enabling people to achieve their potential. I’m proud to support the team making these holidays possible.”

Prunella Scales and Timothy West
Actors and supporters


Hire periods are from Saturday 10:00am arrival, dropping the boat back by 1:00pm the following Friday.

SEASON                                                           PRICING
Low (Rest of Year) £700                                     
Med (May,June,Sept) £775
High (July,August) £850

The above prices are per week and inclusive of a qualified skipper on the first day aboard who will instruct and acquaint you with all aspects of the boat. They will accompany you through the first couple  of locks, more if you would like, to ensure you are confident in managing the boat.

Day hire offerd subject to availability at a price of £200 if the individual is experienced or trained. Alternatively, skippered day hire is available at £280.

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