Canal Boat Cruise

Canal Boat Cruise

Rivers Lee and Stort

July 17-21 - £500

The Location

For this trip, we have linked up with local charity Canalability, whose charming strapline is “Boating without boundaries”. They have several canal boats that are adapted to enable people with all kinds of disabilities to access a day trip or a holiday afloat. Based on the outskirts of Harlow on the Essex / Hertfordshire border, the start point for this holiday is easily accessible from the M25 or M11. Sunlight glinting on slow-flowing rivers; the lap of water on wood; beautiful countryside at your feet; access to country villages and the rolling countryside in between, the odd riverside pub to stop at for refreshment... what could be lovelier? We shall be cruising the Rivers Lee and Stort on the borders between Hertfordshire and Essex, aiming for Bishops Stortford and Waltham Abbey to see what we can see.

You will be given the opportunity to help work the locks, or steer the boat, although you may prefer to sit back, relax, and enjoy the view as we glide along the river at a walking pace.

The Accommodation

Our boat, the Red Watch, is styled like a canal narrow boat, but is longer and wider (67ft long x 11ft 6in wide), to give a little bit more space. It is equipped with a wheelchair lift and ramp to ensure full participation by wheelchair users. Sleeping will be in bunks, and washing and toilet facilities are communal. With a full galley and a large seating area, central heating, fridge, freezer, and gas cooker—she has all we need for a fairly self-sufficient foray onto the waterways of the Essex/Herts borders. There are four main sleeping compartments, and one bunk is specially adapted for those with mobility difficulties.

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Canal Boat Cruise

Rivers Lee and Stort

- July 17-21


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