Warrington Disability Partnership

Wizard Accessible Narrow Boat

WDP offer day trips on our specially adapted wheelchair accessible 37 foot long narrow boat, complete with ramps, a passenger lift, accessible toilet and central heating (if the day is chilly) and a kettle for a fresh cup of tea as you cruise along the picturesque Bridgewater Canal.

Wizard is owned and run by WDP with the aim to give disabled people, their carers, family and friends access to a day trip on a canal narrow boat. Up to ten passengers can enjoy a day afloat on the beautiful Bridgewater Canal. The Wizard is crewed by our friendly and experienced volunteers who enjoy driving you and providing a relaxing day trip along the canal. The Wizard is based on the Bridgewater Canal at Thorn Marine, near the London Bridge, Stockton Heath, Warrington. All trips usually start from here. You can choose from several trips along the canal but our most popular trip is to the Barn Owl Pub in Oughtrington, Lymm, Warrington.

About the Wizard

The Wizard was originally commissioned in 1987 by St James Church, Westbrook, Warrington using funding from various sources including the councils Wizard lottery (hence the name), Children in Need, Granada telethon, British Waterways, Cheshire County Council and numerous other local businesses and charities.

During the spring of 2005 Warrington Disability Partnership agreed to take over the ownership and management of the Wizard. WDP financed a total re-fit and new look. The Wizard is based on the picturesque Bridgewater Canal, near the London Bridge, Stockton Heath, Warrington. All trips usually start from Thorn Marine at Stockton Heath. The Bridgewater Canal has no locks on the section that the Wizard operates along and goes through beautiful countryside and interesting villages.

The Wizard is still owned and run by WDP and its volunteers. It is supported and helped by many business and organisations in the area such as Thorn Marine, the Barn Owl Inn, The London Bridge and many others. The Wizard is crewed by WDP's experienced volunteers who will drive and crew the Wizard for your trip. They will strive to make each trip a friendly, relaxing and memorable cruise. We ask for feedback at the end of each trip to make sure we can keep improving our trips.

For prices and bookings

Phone the Wizard on: 01925 240064 or email the team

The Team

Meet the team that delivers this service