We are based at the award-winning Overwater Marina on the scenic Shropshire Union Canal in the Cheshire countryside and offer a novel experience to all children and adults with special needs or mobility issues. This is especially appreciated by people who are in some ways confined in their access to the countryside and open spaces, giving them and their carers a restful break from their normal surroundings.

Our boat, the “Maughan Lass”, has step-free roll-on/roll-off access via a drop-down bow door, and enhanced stability on the water. It is powered by a quiet running electric motor which allows for easy conversations for the group on-board and is consistent with the quiet, countryside environment. A total of up to 8 passengers can be carried, with up to 4 wheelchair passengers. Please discuss options if the wheelchairs include ones which are heavier than standard.

  • Take a trip on the Wheelyboat, specially designed to cater for those with limited mobility and special requirements.
  • Your trip can be tailored to suit the wishes of your party: anything from half an hour on the water to over one and a half hours, for 8 people, including up to 4 wheelchairs.
  • The trip can involve travelling on the water around Overwater Marina (which has become something of a nature reserve for a variety of wildlife), along the Shropshire Union Canal to Hack Green, or to the outskirts of Audlem.
  • If your party includes those with full mobility, we can arrange a joint trip with the Audlem Lass for up to 17 people.
  • On returning to Overwater, you can prearrange for refreshments to be waiting at Bridge 80 Café before your return journey home.

How much it costs

We do not make a charge for Wheelyboat or WheelyBus trips, but we ask for a donation to help cover our running costs. We can suggest what this donation could be but it is up to you as to what you consider reasonable for your party.

© 2022 – Overwater Wheelyboat Services (Charity No 1179021)in conjunction with The Wheelyboat Trust (Charity No 292216)