Organisation Name
Accessible Boating Association

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

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

Both craft are specially designed and equipped with facilities for less-mobile passengers who have able-bodied assistance.

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 the dispatchers will provide whatever support you need.

Dawn is a day boat offering covered accommodation for up to 6 wheelchairs and their carers (12 people maximum) with central heating, a hob for a kettle, electro-hydraulic lift to carry wheelchairs from deck to saloon and a flushing toilet.

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

Free tuition on operating and navigating the vessels is given at the start of the hire period.
Purpose designed and user friendly facilities for disabled people.
Safe and easy boarding and disembarking at the canal wharves.
Traditional tiller power steering and a unique periscope system for use by a seated steerer.

Organisation Type
Registered Charity
This organisation provides support around
Getting Around
This organisation provides support for
Children & Young People Disabled People Wheelchair Users Adults
South Gloucestershire Bristol Bath and North East Somerset North Somerset Somerset
Areas Served (Further Details)
UK wide
Is there a cost for these services?
Contact for details
How can people access this service?
Self Referral

Primary Organisation Details

Primary Address Details

Address 1
31 Burns Avenue
Address 2
Church Crookham
GU52 6BN

Organisation Contact Methods


Venue Address Details

Contact Details

Contact Name
Peter Bridle
Job title / Position
Boat Hire Bookings Manager


Helpline Details

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General Accessibility

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Access Questions

Is there a rail station nearby?
Approx. distance?
2 miles
Is there a car park nearby?
Approx. distance?
50 metres
Is there parking for disabled drivers on site or outside the building?
Is there on-street parking in close proximity to the premises?

External Access

Are external doors 900mm or more wide with flat thresholds?
Are external doors non sprung?
Are there external steps?
If so, how many?
Do these steps have a handrail?
Is there a ramp?

Internal Access

Is there a lift?
Can people with an assistance dog access the service accompanied by their dog?
Is there provision for assistance dogs? (Water bowl and toilet area)

Assistance dogs can travel on either boat.

Does the toilet have a minimum size of 2200mm × 1500mm
Does the toilet have a minimum door size of 1000mm


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