Historic Hazel – The Wellbeing Boat!

Canal boat cruises in and around Tameside are available for people suffering from poor mental health. Fully crewed cruises; group bookings only.

Hazel has been specially fitted out to make cruises comfortable and cosy for up to 12 guests. Facilities on board includes:

  • A large lounge with a log burning stove
  • Fully fitted self-catering kitchen, including a fridge
  • Wheelchair lift and ramps
  • Large bathroom/shower
  • Cabins to sleep up to eight people
  • Renewable electricity power
Wellbeing cruise prices

Group bookings for up to 12 guests:
Half day cruise from £150
Full day cruise from £250
Overnight breaks from £30 per person

Special hire

Thinking of that perfect gift for a birthday or celebration? Hazel is available for a limited number of days a year for private hire. Get in touch for information and prices.

See also: Bookable Trips on Eventbrite.

Booking line: 07860 944 969


The History of Hazel

In 1914, the Runcorn boatyard of Simpson Davies launched another narrowboat built to their established pattern.  Known as wooden headers, these boats looked more like scaled down barges than narrowboats.

The new boat took the name Mull and was used by her owners, Salt Union, the carry coal to salt works near Northwich and to carry away the salt and chemical products.  Horse drawn, she could carry over 30 tons if the water was deep enough.

In 1929, the boat was sold to Agnes Beech, who changed the name to Hazel and used her to carry coal from Leigh to Northwich. In 1948, she became a cruise pleasure boat, providing holidays for the likes of scout groups.

Hazel was purchased by Mr & Mrs Dean in 1951. They fitted an engine and a comfortable full length cabin to make the boat into a travelling home. During the 1950s Hazel played a part in many of the campaigning boat rallies that helped to save the canal network from being closed.

During the 1960s, 70s and 80s, Hazel served a series of owners as a residential or pleasure boat. In 1988, Peter and Claire Stone donated the boat to the Wooden Canal Craft Trust, the fore runner of the present Society. Since then, Hazel has been carefully looked after by volunteers whilst a fund was built up for her restoration.

The boat is listed as a historic vessel by the National Historic Ships Committee and has been put in category 2 of the historic boats list of The Waterways Trust.

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  1. read your article on the well being boat in Tow path magazine.We are hoping to set up and provide opportunities for people going thro loss to enjoy retreats aboard our narrow boat pilgrims progress.We are located in Stafford.would love to make contact and find out more about your work and hope it will give us ideas and inspiration for our project .with kind regards .Rev Denise

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