Booking Information for New Horizons Canal Boat

Who can book?

Any individual, groups of disabled people or families with at least one disabled member.

Certain dates will be kept free for individuals (e.g. singles, couples or other small groups who would not be able to book the whole boat) to take trips.

These trips will be charged for on a "per head" basis, please book via the booking officer.

How do I book?

Telephone to check date availability first, or review our on-line availability calendar, and then follow the instructions on our booking page .

Please also review our Terms and Conditions for Trips.

How much does it cost?

Recommended donations / Hire Charges are detailed on our booking page.

Number of passengers? (including helpers and carers)

All trips can take up to 12 persons. Twelve passengers is the maximum number of persons we are allowed to carry and this figure must not be exceeded. This is a legal requirement which must be strictly observed. Any carers, drivers and babies etc., must be included in the passenger number count.

We recommend that the number of wheelchair users does not exceed four.

Helpers and carers

If any disabled person needs assistance or support, they must be accompanied by a helper. The Skipper and crew are not in a position to provide personal assistance to passengers, they are fully occupied looking after the safe navigation of the boat.

Morning, afternoon, full-day or evening trips?

Careful consideration should be given by those booking the boat as to whether the passengers would benefit most from a half day or full day cruise.

Evening trips are also available by arrangement in the summer months.

Cruising options and normal sailing times:

Normal* sailing times can often be varied by prior arrangement. For example , if a 10-00am departure is too early for your trip, we will try and fit in with your requirements for a later start.
For more details please contact our bookings Officer.

[A] Morning cruises

Passengers should arrive at 10.00 a.m. for a 10.30 a.m. sailing returning at 12.30 p.m.*

  • Marple to High Lane on the Macclesfield Canal and return.
[B] Afternoon cruises

Passengers should arrive at 1.00 p.m. for a 1.30 p.m. sailing returning at 4.30 p.m.*

  • Marple to Higher Poynton on the Macclesfield Canal and return.
  • OR : Marple to New Mills on the Peak Forest Canal and return.
[C] All day cruises

Passengers should arrive at 10.00 a.m. for a 10.30 a.m. sailing returning at 4.30 p.m.*

  • Marple to Adlington on the Macclesfield Canal. Stop at a cafe or pub, where there is good wheelchair access, for lunch if you wish (not included in cruise price), returning to Marple in the afternoon.
  • OR : Marple to Whaley Bridge or Buxworth on the Peak Forest Canal. This is the most scenic route, but there are no pubs with easy wheelchair access and time only permits a short stop of about half an hour before returning to Marple in the afternoon.
[D] Evening cruises

Passengers should arrive at 5.30 p.m. for a 6.00 p.m. sailing returning at 8.00 p.m.

  • Marple to High Lane on the Macclesfield Canal and return.

If you book an all day trip, you might care to stop for lunch. There is good wheelchair access at the Miners Arms at Adlington (tel. 01625 872731). The Bull's Head at High Lane (tel. 01663 762070) and the Boar's Head at Higher Poynton (01625 876676) are also accessible.

Accessibility

There is ample parking space at our boatyard in Marple, immediately adjacent to the boat.

The boat is fully accessible with a boarding ramp and lift. There are NO STAIRS.

There is wheelchair access throughout the length of the boat, a fully equipped , self-catering kitchen and a fully accessible private toilet area.

the boat is centrally heated and has large windows and a raised outside viewing deck at the front.

What should we bring?

  • Food (see catering).
  • Any special personal equipment required (special cups, cutlery etc.)
  • Clothing - the boat is centrally heated but warm clothing is needed if passengers wish to sit on the fore deck. Helpers are advised to bring waterproof clothing and non-slip shoes.
  • Personal toiletries and/or medication.

Catering

Full cooking facilities, utensils, crockery; cutlery and fridge are provided on board. On half-day and full-day trips the Trust provides tea, coffee, milk and sugar but not soft drinks.

On full day cruises passengers should bring their own food unless they have made arrangements for a pub lunch.

No Smoking

In the interests of health and safety and in line with other forms of transport we operate a No Smoking policy on board 'New Horizons.'

Insurance and damage

Whilst the Trust has Public Liability cover, passengers are responsible for their own personal possessions and medication, and the Trust cannot be responsible for the loss of or damage to the personal property of passengers. Passengers are also expected to make good any breakages, etc.

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