Funded 'Rosedale' cruises

To complement our ambition for an inclusive, active community we have introduced the Rosedale Scheme to assist registered charities, community organisations and voluntary groups whose stated aims and objectives are to enhance people's social/physical wellbeing and/or to provide educational/training opportunities to help improve their longer-term prospects, but who lack funds to engage in activities that support these aims.

The Rosedale Scheme provides interactive canal boat cruises on London’s waterways for vulnerable groups and/or people facing socio-economic disadvantage, with a particular focus on young people, families and Special Educational Needs/Disability groups of all ages.

Groups can either relax and watch the world go by at the leisurely pace of the canal or get involved with steering the boat, helping to work locks and assisting our qualified crew, all under the sensitive guidance and supervision of our team. We have two boats available, each accommodating up to 12 passengers.

Driven by our aim to make the canal accessible for all to enjoy, Pirate Prince was specially designed to cater for the needs of disabled boaters. Our modern and spacious 55-foot long by 12-foot wide boat includes a fully-accessible wet room, toilet and kitchen, wide fore and stern decks, wheelchair lifts and state-of-the art throttle control and steering systems which can be operated by wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility.


Black Pearl is our newly aquired 57' stern deck cruising narrowboat. Although unsuitable for wheelchair users the long, open fore deck of this boat provides a great space to relax and enjoy the canal for groups with low to mild mobility/sensory restrictions.

Rosedale trips may be booked for up to 3 hours, Monday to Friday between 10:00 and 17:00. All cruises are return trips, departing from The Pirate Castle.

If your organisation/group is interested in booking a funded Rosedale canal boat cruise, please complete our APPLICATION FORM and return it by email to andrew@thepiratecastle.org. We will then contact you to discuss your application. Alternatively, please call us on 020 7267 6605 for more information or to discuss availability.

We look forward to welcoming you on board!