Booking Information for New Horizons Canal Boat

Who can book?

Any individuals with a disability, organised groups of disabled people or families with at least one disabled member. For 2021, people who have been significantly affected by COVID restrictions - Over 70, Shielding, unable to attend school,  have developed longstanding issues as a result of COVID are eligible.  Bookings are for the whole boat. 

How do I book?

Check date availability first on our on-line availability calendar, or telephone one of the booking numbers 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 are following current Government guidleines with regard to numbers and eligibility. Under non restricted conditions 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 children over the age of 1 etc., must be included in the passenger number count.

We recommend that the number of wheelchair users does not exceed four. We can take electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters please discuss your requirements with the Booking Officer. 

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  in May, June, July and August.

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) is also accessible.

All Things Nice in Marple will also prepare and deliver a buffet lunch contact Rick on 

+441614272222 for information.


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.


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.  Soft drinks and Water are available in our on board shop.

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

The Trust has Public Liability and Employers 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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