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Welcome to The Wheelyboat Trust

The Wheelyboat Trust is a registered charity dedicated to providing disabled people with the opportunity and freedom to enjoy waters large and small all over the UK. Our role is to help and encourage venues open to the public to acquire Wheelyboats for their disabled visitors and to help groups and organisations acquire Wheelyboats for their own use.

Our vision is straightforward - open access for disabled people on waters everywhere via a range of Wheelyboat models to meet everybody’s needs.

Mark III - The Lady Barnby Whether it's for the scenery or wildlife, sport or recreation, education or rehabilitation, lochs, reservoirs, lakes, ponds, rivers and canals are a magnet to millions of visitors throughout the year. However, by their very nature, access on and around these waters for wheelchair users and others with limited mobility is very much restricted. Our specially designed Wheelyboats overcome all the difficulties.

Mark III - Clatworthy ReservoirWheelyboats provide their disabled users with the dignity of their own independence: they make the entire water accessible, are simplicity itself to board via the roll-on, roll-off bow ramp and the level deck provides access to every corner of the boat including the helm.

Find out more about the Wheelyboat's capabilites here or where you can use a Wheelyboat here.


January 2014

Chichester Observer reports on the success of Thorney Island's Wheelyboat the ‘John Q Davis’. To read the article click here.

December 2013

Website goes live for the ‘John Q Davis’ Mk IV Wheelyboat in Chichester Harbour. Go to www.jqdwheelyboat.co.uk for bookings, enquiries, photos, news and events.

November 2013

Torqeedo, the global leader in the fast growing electric outboard industry, highlights the important work they do with the Trust. To view the article click here.

October 2013

Coulam 16 Wheelyboat launched at the Lake of Menteith on 25th October by Anne McGuire MP. For full report and photo click here.

September 2013

Latest issue of the Trust's newsletter, Waterwheels, published. Click here to download.

August 2013

The launch of Maunsel Lock Canal Centre's Mk III Wheelyboat took place on 15th August. For a full report and photo click here.

July 2013

Feildes Fun's new Mk III Wheelyboat was launched on 11th July by Kay Twitchen OBE, Chairman of Essex County Council, at the charity's Weir Active project situated on an island between the Rivers Lee and Stort in Hertfordshire. For a report and photos click here.

Alan Faulkner Memorial Award

Congratulations to Carsington Water Trout Fishery for winning this year's Alan Faulkner Memorial Award. They win a 4hp Suzuki outboard provided by the award's sponsors, Suzuki GB. The award was presented by the Marquis of Hertford on 19th July at the CLA Game Fair, Ragley Hall. For a full report and photo click here.

June 2013

The Trust attended the Chesterfield Canal Festival with its demonstrator Mk III Wheelyboat which proved very popular with disabled people and was kept very busy all weekend with trips along the canal. For a full report of the festival click here.

Article about Wheelyboats and the work of the Trust in the spring issue of The Angling Trust's quarterly magazine. Click here to download.

May 2013

Coulam 16 Wheelyboat launched at Badanloch Estate, Sutherland on Monday, 6th May. Click here for report and photo.

Please Support Bill Quarry in ‘The Property Jogle’
Bill Quarry, who looks after the Tweed Wheelyboats, is cycling from John O'Groats to Lands End raising funds for a variety of causes including the Tweed Wheelyboats.
To support Bill with a donation click here.
To find out more about Jogle click here.

April 2013

New Mk III Wheelyboat launched on the River Frome at Wareham Boat Hire on April 10th. For report and photos click here.

Refurbished Mk I Wheelyboat delivered to Caurnie Angling Club's Loch Antermony near Milton of Campsie. It has been funded by a grant from East Dunbartonshire's ‘proceeds of crime fund‘. For bookings and enquiries go to www.antermony.com.

Coulam 16 Wheelyboat delivered to Lake of Menteith. Launch date to be announced with report and photos to follow.

March 2013

Refurbished Mk I Wheelyboat delivered to Burrator Reservoir. Disabled anglers can now access this delightful trout fishery nestled in the south western slopes of Dartmoor thanks to a grant from the Environment Agency. For bookings contact Neil Reeves on 07739 428175 or 01822 855700.

Andy Beadsley in a Wheelyboat Mark III at Siblyback

If you have any questions or would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.