Boat Bookings


Basingstoke Canal


Madam Butterfly


History of ABA



Accessible Boating

is a Charity offering opportunities for disabled people or those with access difficulties to go boating on the Basingstoke Canal from Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham in Hampshire, UK.

We operate 2 boats: DAWN, a day boat; and MADAM BUTTERFLY, a cruising boat.

Both craft are specially designed and equipped to cater for those with disabilities or reduced mobility. Hydraulic lifts give easy access for those in wheelchairs and both boats have accessible toilets.

Self-drive hirings are open to both novices and experienced boaters alike, because full tuition tailored to individual requirements is provided at the start of each cruise by trained Dispatchers. If you have any concerns about boat handling, please contact us, as we will provide whatever support you need.

Bookings are now open for Day Trips on Dawn
for those with limited mobility and their carers
at £10 per person on:
28 May; 11 & 25 June; 16 & 30 July; 13 & 28 August and 10 & 24 September.

See FLYER for more details.

Rsererve places on 01252-622520.

Sunday 17 July 2016

Accessible Boating will operate a ferry service using Dawn
between Barley Mow Wharf (postcode RG27 8DE)
and the canalside garden at Old Thatch cottage. 

Old Thatch will be open as part of the National Gardens Scheme from 2-6pm raising funds for charity.  More details can be found at the Old Thatch and NGS websites.

Departures from Barley Mow Wharf at
1.45  2.30  3.15 4.00 and 4.45pm.

Departures from Old Thatch at
2.50  3.35  4.20  5.05 and 5.50 pm.

Journey time approximately 20 minutes each way.
Departure times may vary due to operational reasons.
No reservations required.

Dawn has a maximum passenger capacity of 12.
A suggested donation of £1 each way would be appreciated
in aid of Accessible Boating. 

Entry fees to Old Thatch are payable on entry to the garden.


DawnDawn is a day boat offering covered accommodation for up to 6 wheelchairs and their carers (12 passengers maximum) with central heating, a hob for a kettle, electro-hydraulic lift to carry wheelchairs from deck to saloon and a flushing toilet. In addition to the 12, an ABA skipper can be provided at no extra charge for those who do not wish to self-drive. More details HERE.


ButterflyMadam Butterfly

Madam Butterfly is a holiday boat with 7 berths, including a full-sized hospital bed with hoist. It has hydraulic lifts fore and aft, galley, accessible toilet and shower and many special features to assist the party to have an enjoyable cruising holiday. More details HERE.