To enquire about coming on The Willow Trust boats, please Print Off and Complete our booking-request-form-2017
*To ensure your booking request is dealt with REMEMBER to include a stamped addressed envelope
Then send to:
The Willow Trust
11A Whiteway Court
When writing to The Willow Trust please provide the following information:
- A broad picture of the disabilities of the guests who would like to come.
- The number of disabled people and how many would be staying in their wheelchairs for the day. Our boats take a maximum of 30 people.
- The number of carers you would need to bring.
- A day of the week that is preferable for you. (The boats only go out on weekdays between the beginning of April until the end of October).
* To help us continue to provide these days free of charge please remember to provide an S.A.E. (Stamped Addressed Envelope). Thank you.
How To Find Our Boats
- Our boats Leonard Matchan and Spirit of Freedom II are moored at Saul Junction on The Gloucester-Sharpness Canal, Frampton-on-Severn in Gloucestershire. Use GL2 7LA if you are using Sat Nav or Google Maps)
- From M5 Junction 13 follow the signs for Gloucester & Bristol.
- Turn left at the A38 roundabout.
- Turn off the A38 onto the B4071 The Perry Way which takes you to Frampton-on-Severn.
- Carry on past The Bell pub in Frampton-on-Severn towards Arlingham.
- Cross Frampton Bridge then follow the road round to the right.
- Take the first turning on the right into Church Lane (Saul Church on your left hand side).
- Continue along Church Lane and just before Sandfield Bridge, turn sharp left and drive along the Canal Towpath to the very end Car Park, where you will see our Willow Trust moorings and two very large green and red boats – Leonard Matchan and Spirit of Freedom II.
Fun to be had at Saul Junction
From 2pm to 3pm every weekday during The Willow Trust season (April to October) you can enjoy watching the Willow Trust boats and our guests sailing back home through Sandfield Bridge to our moorings.
On one Saturday every month from April to October, we hold a fundraising Willow Trust Cream Tea Cruise for members of the public. Tickets are £15 and include sandwiches and a selection of cakes. *This is reserved for members of the public who would not otherwise qualify to come onboard. Please download our booking-request-form-2017 if you know someone who has a disability or a serious illness and would therefore qualify for a day onboard completely free of charge.
Pick up a Willow Trust newsletter from our magazine stand by our moorings and Become a Friend of The Willow Trust or find out all the other ways you can help. We look forward to hearing from you!
Up the road in Gloucester Docks you can also hire a narrowboat for the day from Gloucester Narrowboats, but make your booking well in advance as they are very popular. Call owner Pete Evans on 01453 899190 for more details.
The Stables Café is open seven days a week all year round for breakfast, lunch or tea and cakes and provides a wonderful place to watch all the comings and goings on the Gloucester Sharpness canal.
Why not enjoy a walk along the Gloucester Sharpness Tow Path from Saul Junction. There is Pay and Display Parking – just £1 for four hours. There are free public toilets by the Cotswold Canal Visitor Centre.
You can take a bike ride down to the Boat Graveyard at Purton. A collection of old boats were beached here to help protect the canal banks from erosion by the River Severn.
You can cycle down to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge.