Wheelchair-accessible boat provides boost to disabled fishing enthusiasts


Farmoor Reservoir in Oxford has acquired a second Wheelyboat, a wheelchair-accessible fishing boat.

The new ‘Wheelyboat’ is a joint venture between Thames Water, Sussex charity The Wheelyboat Trust and the Angling Trust.

In 2019 The Wheelyboat Trust and the Angling Trust joined forces and invited fisheries and angling clubs nationwide to apply for several part-funded Wheelyboats.

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The funds for the project were provided by The Peter Harrison Foundation and Lord Barnby’s Charitable Trust.  

Farmoor Reservoir, meanwhile, is the largest single area of open water in Oxfordshire.

Popular with the fishing community, it is stocked with 25,000 trout every year.

Now, local authorities have received a delivery of a second Wheelyboat for use by disabled fishing enthusiasts.

It boasts features such as: a hydraulic platform for step-free access; a drive-from-wheelchair tiller helm; and space onboard for two wheelchair users.

It is designed primarily for angling on stillwater, on the drift or at anchor.

Will Barnard, Thames Water fisheries manager, said: “Farmoor is open to everyone, and we’re delighted to be working with The Wheelyboat Trust and the Angling Trust so that people who may not have been able to go fishing before can now come and enjoy a day on the water in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside.” 

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