Accessible Boat Trips & Cruising Holidays (Basingstoke Canal)


Accessible Boating's day boat "Dawn" is available for hire for day trips along the Basingstoke Canal from its base at Colt Wharf in Odiham. Trips on Dawn run from April to October, with special events during the year - see events calendar on the website for more details of events coming up.
In addition to the 2 crew, Dawn can accommodate a maximum of 10 passengers including up to four in wheelchairs. A typical day trip lasts for up to 4 hours, visiting either Odiham Castle, or the Barley Mow wharf.
For boarding, they provide a ramp onto the deck, from where a hydraulic lift gives easy access to the spacious cabin and toilet.
Cabin windows can be rolled up to give fresh air on warm days. Central heating keeps the cabin warm on cooler days.
There is a gas hob, with kettle and mugs for making hot drinks. Passengers are encouraged to bring their own picnic. Stackable chairs and a folding table are provided in the cabin and may also be used for picnics ashore.
Dawn's aft deck has a safety rail all around and is large enough for a wheelchair as well as the helmsman when under way.
Assistance dogs are welcome on board.

Accessible Boating's Madam Butterfly is a fully equipped holiday boat, sleeping 7. She has a hospital bed, hoist and fully accessible bathroom, allowing those with mobility problems to take a canal holiday accompanied by carers, friends and family.
Holidays on Madam Butterfly are managed on their behalf by Galleon Marine LLP. Further information can be found on Galleon's website:

About Accessible Boating Association

Accessible Boating Association was founded as a charity in 1986 by Mildred Stocks, who still takes an active part in the organisation.
They operate on the Basingstoke Canal, with their boats moored at Colt Hill, Odiham.
They work closely with the Basingstoke Canal Society, who maintain and improve the canal and its facilities.
They receive a great deal of support from Galleon Marine LLP, who provide moorings for their boats, and who manage bookings of their holiday boat, Madam Butterfly, on their behalf.

Good to know

User Cost/Charge Information
Dawn: Hire fees are £100 for the first 4 hours plus £25 for any additional hours or part thereof.

Madam Butterfly: please enquire with Galleon Marine.

Find out more

Accessible Boating Association

07934 926 683




Colt Hill
Hampshire RG29 1AL

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