Allsorts members have boatloads of fun on Cotswold Boatmobility Trip

During the May half-term, 30 people had an amazing experience at Cotswold Boatmobility on an Allsorts family trip.

Eight families travelled along the Stroudwater Canal in Katakanus, a Wheelyboat and a pontoon boat, enjoying everything the water has to offer, before having a floating picnic and paddling their way back.

We loved our boat trip, thank you all so much!

Eloise – Allsorts Member

Cotswold Boatmobility are a group of volunteers aiming to make boating accessible to all on the Cotswold Canals. They offer an opportunity for the elderly, the disadvantaged and those who may have mobility issues or learning difficulties to experience the water.

Based on the Stroudwater Canal at Harper’s Field, they have different types of boats available to suit different users and their needs, with a choice of paddling or cruising. There’s five Katakanus, a Wheelyboat which accomodates most types of wheelchair and a new pontoon boat which is also wheelchair accessible.

This really was a lovely trip, allowing everybody to enjoy the beautiful local scenery and wildlife from the water.

The Boatmobility volunteers were brilliant and even supplied half-time refreshments. I can’t wait for the next trip.

Sasha Waring, Short Breaks and Family Trips Manager

Cotswold Mobility aim to be free for guests and therefore rely on grants and donations to exist. Their motto is ‘Fun and Freedom on Water’, allowing guests to enjoy the water, get up close with wildlife and to learn about Stroud’s industrial heritage, with families, children and young people all welcome.

Join us this summer for more boating fun!

We are delighted to join with Cotswold Boatmobility again in August, to offer a multi-boat trip along the canal with a stop for a floating picnic, before turning and making our way back.

  • Thursday 1st August
  • Stroudwater Canal at Harper’s Field near the new auction rooms, Ryeford
  • 10:45am – 1pm

Email [email protected] to express interest in this trip. There is no charge but donations to Cotswold Mobility are encouraged.

What a lovely day we had! Being on the boat was lots of fun for our family. We arrived at the pontoon where we were warmly welcomed and helped into our life jackets. We felt like we were off on a real adventure!

The boat was fully accessible, so it made our son, who needs a bit of extra help, enjoy it without any issues. We sailed down the water, passing interesting landmarks, searching for nature and talking to the wonderful volunteers at Allsorts and other families.

We stopped for a picnic lunch on the grass where we chatted about all the things we had seen and sailed back to the start, looking out for lots of things on the way. Everyone of us had a lovely time and we were all supported and included.

Holly – Allsorts Member