What is the Canal Boat Trust?
The Vale of Llangollen Canal Boat Trust was formed in 1983 to raise money to build a narrowboat for disabled and disadvantaged people of all ages. The Trust has one boat, Glas y Dorlan, which is our day trip boat.

The boat and the office are run on a voluntary basis. Patrons are: David Essex, Aled Jones and Brian Kay.

How Much Does It Cost?
We ask for a minimum donation of £85 per day trip for up to 12 people, however if you feel you can give us more, please do so.

What Special Facilities Does The Boat Have?
The boat has a hydraulic lift to assist people in wheelchairs aboard. The toilet and washing facilities are designed for disabled people. Seating can be removed to accommodate wheelchairs. Windows are large and set low to provide a good, clear view of the canal.

Who Can Book?
Bookings can be made for disabled people of any age. The boat can be booked by groups (schools, clubs, homes, etc.), by families who have a disabled member, or by individuals. Wherever possible bookings will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

How Many Passengers Can The Boats Take?
For Half-Day and Day-Trips Glas y Dorlan can take up to 12 people (including helpers). The ratio of helpers to disabled people must be determined by those making the booking. No more than four people in wheelchairs on day trips.

The Skipper
The Trust provides Skippers who are responsible for the safety of the boat and for ensuring that the necessary equipment is available for passengers. They are not trained to deal with disabilities.

Where Can We Go?
We are able to offer a number of trips of varying lengths to suit most requirements. The boat is available for use from 9:30 am. We try to be as flexible as possible in setting the times of departure and return and passengers are asked to allow 30 minutes for boarding prior to departure.

We are able to carry 12 passengers (including helpers) at a time. For groups of up to 24 people (including helpers), half would go on the boat from Trevor to Llangollen or Gledrid, the remainder could browse around Llangollen or Gledrid and vice versa for the return journey.

Our boat is moored at Trevor Basin, close to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, approximately 5 miles from Llangollen and 7 miles from Wrexham. On Sat Nav - Postcode: LL20 7TY

What Is Provided?
PLEASE NOTE: for Glas y Dorlan the power supply on board the boat is only 12 volts: ordinary appliances such as shavers, hair dryers, irons, etc. will not work.

All items of equipment on the boat have been kindly donated for the comfort and convenience of passengers. The Trust would be grateful if you would ensure that all equipment is returned at the end of the trip.

What Should Passengers Bring?
MILK AND FOOD FOR THE JOURNEY: Pubs along the Canal provide bar snacks and meals, and the Booking Officer or Skipper can advise you about these.
SPECIAL CUPS, CUTLERY: passengers should bring any special aids they may require.

HAND AND TEA TOWELS: In the interests of hygiene, passengers are asked to remember to bring their own towels and tea towels with them.

CLOTHING: The boats are centrally heated, but warm clothing should be brought, so that passengers can sit on the foredeck weather permitting. Helpers should bring adequate waterproof clothing, non-slip shoes, etc. Passengers should also bring waterproof clothes, in case they wish to go ashore when it is raining.

How to book

The Vale of Llangollen Canal Boat Trust (Canal Boats for Disabled People)
The Old Armoury Shop
2 Berwyn Street
LL20 8NF

Tel: +44 (0)1978 861450

(Office open between 10 - 12noon Mondays and Thursdays)

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