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A wheelchair friendly boat providing day trips for all types of community groups.

The nearest thing to a walk in the country

A very special day out


                                                        THE BOAT

                                                     A minimum of two leaders is required with "all groups".

                                       A qualified skipper and crew member will manage the boat on every trip.


                                          WHEN AND WHERE

   The season usually runs from April until mid-October.

  All trips start from and return to our operating base at Hatherton Marina, Calf Heath near Cannock on the Hatherton Branch of the Staffs & Worcester Canal. There is secure parking at the boatyard.

  Click here for location and directions.

The favourite trip is from Calf Heath to Coven and return. There is one lock to go through at the
 marina and the canal then winds its way through countryside, passing farmland and woodland. It is very pretty.

Trips usually start at 10.30am and last approx 5 hours including a lunch stop.


Free drinks are provided. There are tea and coffee making facilities in the galley -
  just help yourselves.

Choice of Routes and meal options

                        1. To Coven and back with a Pub Meal at the The Anchor - 5 Hours

                        2. To Coven and back with Fish & Chips delivered to the boat - 5 Hours

                        3. To Coven and back and bring your own packed lunches - 5 Hours

                        4. To Autherley Junction and back with Fish & Chips delivered to the boat - 5 1/2 Hours

                        5. To Autherley Junction and back bring your own packed lunches - 5 1/2 Hours.

Summer evening trips also available on request.

The boat has a current Boat Safety Certificate.
The skipper will carry a mobile phone in case of emergency.
Group Leaders/Carers are asked to bring a mobile phone.
Skippers and crew members are experienced, well trained and assessed.
The skipper is responsible for the safe management of the boat.
The Truman Enterprise Narrowboat Trust cannot accept
any responsibility for passengers when they are off the boat
Please note: Group organisers are responsible for the safety of members of their group.


There must be sufficient, competent helpers within your party of 12 to ensure that all passengers are safe and adequately supported at all times. This includes moving wheelchair users and giving any physical assistance passengers require with mobility. In some cases this may mean one to one support.
A maximum of two wheelchair users may be carried on each trip. All other passengers must be able to ascend three steps in the unlikely event that an emergency evacuation of the boat becomes necessary.
Risk assessments available on the website.

The boat carries insurance with third party liability for up to £10m.
(Personal accident insurance is not provided and groups should arrange their own cover)
A 5-hour day trip to Coven costs £100.00
or a 5 1/2-hour trip to Autherley costs £130.00
(Food costs not included)

Please phone our Bookings Secretary on 07895 053090
This is a dedicated phone line for Enterprise bookings only
or email:  enterprise@truman-enterprise.org.uk

Terms and conditions of hire click Here

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