Our boat Sheldrake 3 cruising along the the canal.

About us

Queen's Award for Volunatry Service LogoWe are a registered charity and operate three large canal boats from a beautifully landscaped boatyard on the Grand Union Canal just to the south of Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire.  

Our mission is to promote well-being by providing affordable canal boat trips particularly for the disadvantaged.   As well as day trips all year round, we provide very special holidays for  teenagers with learning difficulties or other disadvantages. 

We operate without any paid employees.  As volunteers, what makes us tick is the satisfaction of being able to share our passion for the waterways and canal boating with people normally excluded from this pastime.

Some of the things that make our boats and our service special:
  • all our boats were designed to provide great access for the less mobile. They have ramps and lifts and plenty of turning space for wheelchairs.
  • everyone on board has the opportunity to get involved with working the boat (steering and operating locks).
  • for those for whom steering and lock operation is either not appealing or not feasible, the novelty of the surroundings and close encounters with nature is very special.
  • shyer passengers often surprise themselves by their achievements in rising to the challenge

We are constituted as a membership organisation.  Click here to read the constitution.

Getting involved    
Please visit our volunteering page

 How to find us

Waterways Experiences, Nash Mills Recreation Centre, Red Lion Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP3 9TE

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