This section of the website gives you an overview of the equipment on
the boat, where you can go and gives you access to our booking
We encourage maximum use of the boat by community groups, since the
boat accommodates up to 12 people:
- for youth or other groups as a day trip, weekend away or week
- as an educational resource, for schools / groups to learn more
about the waterways, operating a narrowboat, negotiating locks.
- as an opportunity to see an entirely different view of local
towns or taking a 'back door' route into London on the Grand Union
- for team building; getting members of a group working together
and knowing each other better.
- in order to gain access to the differing interests and hobbies
that range from canal and industrial architecture to wildlife and
- for all the community to enjoy the waterways and experience the
richness of a slowed pace of life on the canal.
- for building youth group memories that last a lifetime.
To find out available dates, go to our bookings diary from the link
to the left of this page. You can also contact Janet White on 01923 224411 or
firstname.lastname@example.org, or download our
booking form [pdf
format] which can be printed, completed and posted.
About the boat and where you can go.
Both boats were purpose built to the design of the Project. Dick's
accommodates a maximum of 12 passengers, and Pickle's Folly up to 10.
Dick's Folly is a traditional built narrowboat, laid in 1987 and fitted out
during 1998. She was refitted in 2010 and the internal decoration is
bright and cheerful. It should be noted that the boat is not designed for
wheelchair use. See this page for more
information. Pickle's Folly is 10 feet shorter than Dick's Folly, at 60
feet and was built in 2012 to accommodate a wheelchair user. A hydraulic
platform takes people with mobility problems between the rear deck and
the cabin. See this page for more
An excellent journey planning tool can be found at
CanalplanAC. Canalplan AC is a web-based program designed to help
you plan a journey on the Grand Union Canal and Britain's inland
We are creating a selection of activities which you can take
part in while you are on your trip: take a look at
A week's cruise north will take in the beautiful towns of
Berkhampstead and Leighton Buzzard, the Tring summit and Marsworth
flight of locks, the Wendover Arm, the Aylesbury Arm, the new town of
Milton Keynes, on the Stoke Bruerne (with its waterways museum) and the
famous Blisworth tunnel. View or download our
information sheet [in pdf format].
Cruising south takes in the beauties of Cassiobury Park and the
outskirts of London, including the Slough Arm, onto the Hanwell flight
into Brentford. Turning off at the Bulls Bridge takes you into the
Paddington Arm to savour the delights of Little Venice, the Maida Vale
tunnel, Camden Lock, Regents Park Zoo and the Islington tunnel. Taking a
boat to London will take only two days from the base, which leaves you
enough time to look around London, and bearing in mind accommodation in
London is often over £100 per person per night, this option is a lot
cheaper. View or
route information sheet [in pdf format].
Location and Cruising.
See the map for the Project location
by the Grand Union Canal, near
Abbots Langley. Our base offers secure, off street parking for several
vehicles for those using the boat. Because the entrance to the base is
locked, organisers of trips need to inform parents and friends coming to
collect people who are on a trip that the gates will be unlocked only on
the return of the boat: the mooring stage is visible from the gate. The site has water, electricity, a
barbeque and is nearby a rubbish disposal, a petrol station and a shop.
We are always pleased to welcome people to the base to see our
facilities before they use the boat.