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Safe Anchor Trust Ltd

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  1. The Safe Anchor Trust Ltd is an award winning independent local charity based in Mirfield, West Yorkshire providing trips on the waterways particularly for special needs groups, those with health and mobility problems and socially disadvantaged groups.

    The Trust runs four passenger boats, two of which have full wheelchair accessibility. ‘Safe Anchor Lady’, a boat specifically designed for passengers with special needs was completed by volunteers in 2010. She is currently undergoing a full refurbishment & repaint & will be ready for service at the start of our 2020 season in March. A further easy access boat, ‘E Austen Johnson’, returned to service in 2012 following a complete refit. The Trust also owns a work-boat which is available for use by community canal-side projects.

    The aims of the charity are:

    - To provide free and safe access to the waterways to those within the community who are disadvantaged through physical disabilities, mental disabilities, social isolation, social deprivation or age.

    - In partnership with the Canal and River Trust, to improve towpaths, the canal-side environment and infrastructure.

    - To provide development opportunities for young people.

    Last year the Trust carried almost 10,000 passengers.

    Our headquarters are fully accessible for wheelchairs. We have two boats for trips that are fully accessible for wheelchairs. On these boats there is a toilet which can be accessed by people with disabilities including wheelchair users.

    For bookings go to & select 'Booking' from the main menu.


Safe Anchor Trust

Organisation last updated

  1. 28 January 2020

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  1. Safe Anchor Trust
  2. Shepley Bridge Marina, Shepley Bridge, Steanard Lane, Mirfield, WF14 9HR
    1. All key services are accessible. Wheelchair access
    2. Either, there are specially marked parking spaces for disabled people, or disabled people can park within 50 metres of an accessible entrance. Disabled parking
    3. There is a toilet which can be accessed by people with disabilities including wheelchair users. This means that it complies with the standards set out in Part M of the Building Regulations,'Access to and use of buildings. Fully accessible toilet


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Boating season runs from 1st March to 31st October each year - 7 days a week.

  1. News content

  2. 28/01/2020


  1. The Trust was established in 1995 and so 2020 is their 25th anniversary. In recent years around 10,000 passengers have been carried on the boats each year. Since The Trust was started, over 800 different community groups have enjoyed trips on the boats. It is a principle of The Trust, which is run entirely by unpaid volunteers, that there is no charge for trips. Donations are very welcome & every penny received goes towards the maintenance & running costs of the boats.

    Safe Anchor Trust works in partnership with The Canal & River Trust and our base at Shepley Bridge Marina, Mirfield has been developed in partnership with Kirklees Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Trust.

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