Access Statement

Access Statement

Open Access Statement as a PDF


Wandering Duck offers hosted trips of 2 & 3 night durations and also day trips on-board our 69ft narrowboat. Our trips are designed to be a hands-on experience where you get to have a go at steering and we teach you how to operate the locks. Because of the canals we travel on, the boat is only 6’10” wide.

Our trips start and finish close to train stations and other public transport links. Otherwise there is on street parking. There is step free access onto the towpath in 5 out of 6 possible start or end points. There is not step free access in Congleton.

For meals onboard, where possible, we cater for varying dietary requirements.

We look forward to welcoming you. If you have any queries or require any assistance please ring 07584 122 614 or email


For full details and directions of how to get to each trip, please look at the Pre Departure information for that particular tour. This gives details of arriving by public transport or by car.

Arrival at boat

Where possible we moor close up to and level with the bank. When this is not possible, there may be a gap between the bank and the boat, or a step up or down from the towpath. If the gap is large, then we have a gang plank we can use. Very occasionally, we may be breasted up to another boat, and so you would be required to step across that boat. The entrance onto the back deck of the boat is 42cm wide. The handrail is 68cm.

Steeping on to narrowboat


The entrance into the boat has 4 steps down into the boat which are 26cm high each. There is no handrail. The door width is 47cm.

Boat Entrance and Steps


There is seating along the right hand side and 2 tables which are removable. With the tables away the lounge is 116cm wide. If either table is in place, the narrowest point is 52cm.


Access through the kitchen requires walking past a cupboard to the left. The gap is 42cm wide.

Walkway Through Galley

Bunk cabins

Bottom bunks 39cm from ground. Beds are 65cm wide by 196cm long. The top bunk is 53cm above the bottom bunk. There is not a barrier at the edge of any of the beds. Walkway through bunkbeds is 52cm at the narrowest point.

Walkway to Bunk Cabins


There are 2 bathrooms on-board which each have a toilet, sink and shower. The 1st bathroom is between the kitchen and the bunk cabins. The door opens inwards and is 44cm wide. This leaves minimal room for closing the door behind you. With the door half closed there is 16cm between the door and the shower base. The latch to lock the door is at a height of 116cm. The toilet height is 54cm. The sink height is 90cm. The step into the shower is 30cm high. The entrance to the shower is on the corner and the widest point is 38cm. The shower tray is 50cm x 50cm.

Back Bathroom Inward Closing

The 2nd bathroom is towards the front of the boat between the bunk cabins and the crew cabin. The door opens outwards and the width is 36cm. The latch to lock the door is at a height of 170cm. The toilet height is 54cm. The sink height is 95cm. The step into the shower is 27cm high. The entrance to the shower is on the corner and the widest point is 38cm. The shower tray is 46cm x 46cm.

Front Bathroom Outward Closing

Front Deck

Through the crew cabin are the front doors onto the front deck. The width of the gangway is 50cm. There are 2 steps to get out which are 32cm & 34cm high. There is 41cm between the end of the bed and the door. The door height is 120cm and the width is 59cm (with both doors open).

Access to Front Deck

Light switches

These are located on either side of the boat on the ceiling, throughout the boat. This includes in the bathrooms, which means they are above the toilets. This is at a height of 185cm. Since they are LED lights, we have previously left the toilet ones on overnight if needed, for example, when we have had children on-board.

More Information

The canals were built around 200 years ago as a cargo carrying network. Today’s narrowboats, built for leisure, are built to the same dimensions as the original cargo carrying boats, therefore space is very limited, especially when built for 12 people.
There are a number of charity and community boats which, with help from charitable donations and government grants, have been purpose built for those with very limited mobility. These often include hydraulic lifts and an adapted hull to take wheelchairs on-board. A good place to start looking for a boat like this is the National Community Boats Association (

We are happy to discuss your own individual needs over the phone or by email. Where Wandering Duck is not suitable for you we are happy to advise on the possible alternatives.