Service Details

United Kingdom
Service description: 

CanalAbility celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2014. We have developed a new web site which will allow you to get the information you need more quickly. Take a look at We are also developing new ways for you to be able to interact with us and keep in touch.

Photo Competition
You will see on our new web site that we have used a lot of your pictures to explain just how much fun a canal boat experience is. We are always looking out for more so in the near future we are announcing a photo competition. First prize will be a four hour trip on our flagship boat Stort Daybreak. You will need to have booked with us before to take part. Look out on our website Twitter feed or Facebook page for announcements.

Get in touch if you want to know more by phone 01279424444 or email

CanalAbility is a registered charity providing facilities which enable people of ALL abilities undertake boating activities on the inland waterways and experience the benefits and enjoyment these provide. These benefits include supporting and promoting independence, social inclusion, personal development and well-being by providing opportunities to participate in social and educational activities acquiring new skills and confidence regardless of disability limitations. We provide boating holidays, day trips and themed activity days on purpose built fully accessible boats on the waterways in Essex, Hertfordshire and London. We provide our services to people of all ages and our clients include community groups, youth organisations, families, carers, disability and disability support groups.

Lock View, Burnt Mill Lane, Harlow, CM202QS, United Kingdom


Visitor Types

People with motor impairments
People who use a wheelchair
People of very large or small stature
People who are deaf or have hearing impairments
People without speech or with speech impairments
People who are blind or have vision impairments
People with dementia ("dementia-friendly"), learning difficulties, autism or other cognitive / developmental impairments
People with allergy or asthma or requiring special diets
People with long-term health problems (e.g. respiratory and circulatory conditions or invisible disabilities)
People who are frail, lacking in strength or stamina
People who use any kind of technical assistive devices
People with service animals
People requiring personal assistance (non-medical care/support)

Services Information

Holiday cabins/village
Other accommodation services
Food and Beverage: 
Cafe, snackbar
Other food and beverage
Cruise line (maritime and inland waterways, lakes, river cruises)
Boat ride/excursion
Boat dock/marina
Indoor Attractions: 
Other indoor attraction
Information & Booking: 
Ticketing and booking agency
Tour operator
Passenger and Personal Assistance: 
Personal assistance (including professional travel companion service
Other assistance
Outdoor Attractions: 
Nature trails
Garden, park or arboretum
Bird-watching and animal hides
Zoo and/or animal park
Monument/heritage site
Nature reserve, place of special scientific interest
Other outdoor attraction
Sports Activities and Facilities: 
Sailing, rowing, kayaking, windsurf, kitesurf, waterski, jetski and other watersports
Tourist Guiding: 
Volunteer guide, "greeter" services
Health and Safety: 
Health/medical/first-aid service
Equipment Hire, Loan, Repair and Purchase: 
Bathroom, toileting and bedding
Other equipment service

Accessibility Information