“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats”     Kenneth Grahame, Wind in the Willows

Based at Bisham Abbey, just outside Marlow, Accessible Boating Thames is a charity dedicated to opening up the river to those that might, for whatever reason, find it difficult to gain access to it.

Our Wheelyboat, Rivertime 2, is ideally suited to provide a platform from which to see the whole range of wildlife along the banks and backwaters.


The Wheelyboat is designed with a drop-down front that allows participants to either walk on board or roll on if in a wheelchair. No steps, just direct access. We provide a helm or (subject to appropriate qualifications) do it yourself. The open area can accommodate 6 people

A variety of Sailing Dinghies are also available with our Sunbirds and 2.4s for single sailors. New, in 2021, we have the NEO495 which allows two people to sail side-by-side and thereby allows support for Visually Impaired users or first timers who want some company. A hoist can be used to access the boat from a wheelchair.

For group activities we have three bellboats used by children from local special education needs schools. That can be made available for team development or just some good clean fun.

ABT commission boating services from Bisham Abbey Sailing & Navigation School (recognised by the RYA as a Sailability Training Centre of Excellence). Our volunteers, acting as unpaid employees of BASNS, are subject to the policies and risk assessments of BASNS.

For more information please visit the BASNS website at: http://www.bishamabbeysailing.co.uk

Accessible Boating Thames is proud to announce that we have been accepted into the RYA affiliate program