Waterway Trip Boats 2020

Listed below are abbreviated details of trip boats operating public trips this year on inland waterways within about 50 miles of Southampton. Many operators offer more trips/options than there is room for in this list, especially on the Thames - visit the listed websites for further details. Most operators also run charter trips where you can have exclusive use of a boat.

This list has been compiled from various websites and is as complete as the website manager can ascertain. Whilst every care has been taken in compiling this list, the Southampton Canal Society cannot accept any liability for errors or omissions in the information herein. It is strongly recommended that checks be made with the operator before travelling any distance. It is also advisable, where possible, to book your ticket(s) beforehand. Many of the operators have online booking facilities on their website for which you may need to make payment by credit or debit card. Unbooked trips may be possible on the day but only if spaces remain untaken.

This list is an updated version of the list that was published on this website last year. The website manager would be glad to receive comments, corrections, updates and additions to this list. It currently features trip boats on the following waterways:

Basingstoke Canal
Chichester Canal
Kennet & Avon Canal
River Thames
River Wey
Wey & Arun Canal
Wilts & Berks Canal

Please note that all external links on this page will open a new browser window or tab.

Coronavirus pandemic

As a result of the pandemic and the related restrictions put in place by the Government, the operators of trip boats appear to have cancelled all their boating operations. How long these curbs upon their operations will last is unknown at present (26 March) but links to their websites are given below so that checks can be made about the resumption of their services.
 

Key:  ☎ Telephone,   Email address,   Online booking site,   Booking in person,   Internet address for further information,   Location (postcode and OS grid reference) of departure point.

Basingstoke Canal

Trips

Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham to King John's Castle, Odiham or towards Winchfield.

Operator

Basingstoke Canal Society

Details

John Pinkerton

50 seater wide beam 'John Pinkerton II'.

2½ hr trips: Sundays, Bank Holidays, most Wednesdays and in August most Fridays, 3 Jun - 30 Sep at 2.30pm.

Also other special themed trips - see website.

Due to the pandemic, all boat trips have been suspended until further notice. For more info, check this page.

Adults £12,
Children under 18 £5 (under 1yr free),
Senior Citizens £10,
Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children) £30.

Wheelchair restrictions.

Booking

https://basingstoke-canal.org.uk/jp/book-your-trip/

☎ 0750 686 4411 (10am - 6pm)

 jpbookings@basingstoke-canal.org.uk

Bookings must be made at least 12 hours in advance of the trip departure.

Further Information

 https://basingstoke-canal.org.uk/jp/public-trips/

 Colt Hill Wharf: RG29 1AL (SU747517)

Basingstoke Canal

Trips

From Town Wharf, Woking.

Operator

Basingstoke Canal Society

Details

NB Kitty

12 seater narrow boat 'Kitty'.

Approx 1¼ hr trips: 8 Apr - 18 Oct: Wed, Sat, Sun, Fri in Aug & Bank Holiday Mondays at 11.00am, 1.00pm & 2.45pm depending on whether bookings are made through the online booking system.

Due to the pandemic, all boat trips have been suspended until further notice. For more info, check this page.

Adults £6,
Children under 16 £4 (under 1yr free),
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) £17,
Wheelchair user (Adult or Child, up to 2 per trip) £4.

Two unpowered wheelchairs only + able-bodied carer. Hydraulic lift and ramp.

No toilet on board.

Booking

https://basingstoke-canal.org.uk/jp/book-your-trip/ and follow the link to Kitty trips. Online bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance of a trip.

☎ 0750 686 4411 (10am - 6pm)

 jpbookings@basingstoke-canal.org.uk

All online bookings must be made at least 12 hours in advance of departure.

Further Information

 https://basingstoke-canal.org.uk/jp/kitty/

 Town Wharf, Brewery Road, Woking GU21 4LJ (TQ004590)

Basingstoke Canal

Trips

From Mytchett Canal Centre to Great Bottom Flash.

Operator

Basingstoke Canal Authority

Details

NB Rosebud

12 seater narrow boat 'Rosebud'.

55 min trips: Easter - Sep: Sat & Sun plus public holidays at 11.30, 12.30, 14.00 & 15.00. Also Mon, Wed & Fri in school holidays.

Due to the pandemic, all facilities at the Canal Visitor Centre at Mytchett are now closed. For more info, check this page.

Adults £6.50,
Children (ages 1 - 12) £4,
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) £19.

Also other special trips - see website.

Booking

Book and pay at reception.

☎ 01252 370073

Book & pay at reception or by phone. Trip days dependent upon weather.

Further Information

 info@basingstoke-canal.co.uk

 https://www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/countryparks/basingstokecanal/onthewater/boathire

 Canal Centre, Mytchett Place Road, Mytchett, Surrey GU16 6DD (SU893550).

Website also includes info on other means of getting on the water on the canal.

Chichester Canal

Trips

Chichester Canal Basin to Donnington.

Operator

Chichester Ship Canal Trust

Details

KingfisherRichmond

Usually on 22 seater 'Kingfisher', otherwise 31 seater 'Richmond'. Both wide beam.

1¼ hr trips 7 days a week. From 15 Feb - 4 Apr and 28 Sep - 1 Nov at 11:30am and 2:00pm. From 5 Apr - 27 Sep at 10:15am, 12:00 noon, 1:45pm, 3:30pm.

Due to the pandemic, all boat trips are cancelled for the foreseeable future. For more info, either phone 01243 771363 or email boxoffice@chichestercanal.com

Adult £8.00,
Child (12 & under) £5.00.

No dogs except guide/assistance dogs.

Lift access for 2 wheelchairs.

Also other special trips - see website.

Booking

 https://chichestercanal.org.uk/boat-trips/scheduled-trips/

 Canal Cafe, Canal Basin, Chichester, PO19 8DT (SU858041) 10:30am to 3:30pm weekdays.

☎ 01243 771363

Further Information

☎ 01243 771363.

 info@chichestercanal.com

 https://chichestercanal.org.uk/

 Canal Centre, Canal Basin, Chichester, PO19 8DT (SU858041)

Kennet & Avon Canal

Trips

From Newbury Wharf.

Operator

Kennet & Avon Canal Trust

Details

NB Jubilee

29 seater narrow boat 'Jubilee'.

1¼ hr trips Sat, Sun & Bank Hol Mon 4 Apr - 25 Oct at 12 noon and 2.00pm, Thu 9 Apr - 24 Sep 2.00pm only.

Due to the pandemic, all boat trips are cancelled for the foreseeable future. For more info, see the K&A Trust website at https://katrust.org.uk/

Adults £7,
Children (2-15) £4,
Children under 2 free,
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) £20.

Also other special trips - see website.

No wheelchairs.

Licensed bar, refreshments and toilet.

Booking

 https://tickets.katrust.org.uk/index.php and follow the link to Jubilee trip details.

 on the boat but check ticket availability on website.

Devizes Office in office hours (weekdays): ☎ 01380 721279.

Mobile (weekends): ☎ 07716 460562.

Further Information

 https://jubilee.katrust.org.uk/

 Newbury Wharf: RG14 5AS (SU472671)

Kennet & Avon Canal

Trips

From Hungerford Wharf.

Operator

Kennet & Avon Canal Trust

Details

Rose of Hungerford

50 seater wide beam boat 'Rose of Hungerford'.

Due to the pandemic, all boat trips are cancelled for the foreseeable future. For more info, see the K&A Trust website at https://katrust.org.uk/

2½ hr trips to Wire Lock: Sat, Sun & Wed 1 Apr - 30 Sep at 2:30pm.
Adults £9.00, Children (3-15) £5.00, Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) £26.00.

1½ hr trips to Dun Mill Lock: Wed 1 Jul - 26 Aug, Sat & Sun 1 Aug - 30 Aug at 11:30am. Sat, Sun & Wed 3 - 31 Oct at 2:30pm.  Adults £8.00, Children (3-15) £4.00, Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) £22.00.

Also other special trips - see website.

Electric wheelchair lift.

Dogs at discretion of other passengers and skipper.

Hot & cold drinks, licensed bar, toilet.

Pre-booking advisable.

Booking

 https://tickets.katrust.org.uk/index.php and follow the link to Rose of Hungerford trip details.

Devizes Office in office hours (weekdays): ☎ 01380 721279.

  Fare Wise Travel, 19 High Street, Hungerford.

Further Information

 rose@katrust.org.uk

 https://rose.katrust.org.uk/publictrips/

 Hungerford Wharf: RG17 0EQ (SU338687)

Kennet & Avon Canal

Trips

1¾ hr trips from Devizes Wharf to east of Devizes Marina.

Operator

Kennet & Avon Canal Trust

Details

Kenavon Venture

45 seater wide beam boat 'Kenavon Venture'

Due to the pandemic, all boat trips are cancelled for the foreseeable future. For more info, see the K&A Trust website at https://katrust.org.uk/

1¾ hr trips: Sat, Sun, Wed 5 Apr - 31 Oct, Thu 23 Jul - 27 Aug all at 2:30pm.

Adult £7.00,
Children (3-15) £5.00,
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £19.00,
Children under 3 years old free.

Other public trips available.

No wheelchairs.

Dogs at discretion of other passengers and skipper.

Drinks and snacks from licensed bar.

Booking

 https://tickets.katrust.org.uk/index.php and follow the link to Kenavon Venture trip details.

Devizes Office in office hours (weekdays): ☎ 01380 721279.

  K&ACT shop at Devizes Wharf.

  Devizes Books, Handel House, Sidmouth Street, Devizes, Wilts, SN10 1LD.

Further Information

 https://kv.katrust.org.uk/publictrips/

 Devizes Wharf: SN10 1EB (SU004617)

Kennet & Avon Canal

Trips

From above Bradford Lock either west to Avoncliff or east to Hilperton (2½ hrs)

Operator

Kennet & Avon Canal Trust

Details

Barbara McLellan

40 seater (at tables) wide beam boat 'Barbara McLellan'.

Westbound trips (approx 2¼ hrs): Every Wed & selected Sat & Sun from Sat 11 Apr to Sun 29 Nov. Eastbound trips (2½ hrs): Selected Sundays 19 Apr - 18 Oct. Trips start: 2.00pm.

Due to the pandemic, all boat trips are cancelled for the foreseeable future. For more info, see the K&A Trust website at https://katrust.org.uk/

Adult £9.00,
Child (4-15) £6.00,
Children under 4 free.

Many other regular and themed trips available - see website.

Wheelchairs. Powered lift available. However, toilets not disabled-friendly.

Registered Assistance Dogs only.

Licensed bar, tea & coffee, bar snacks.

Booking

 https://tickets.katrust.org.uk/index.php and follow the link to Barbara McLellan trip details.

Devizes Office in office hours (weekdays) up to day before trip: ☎ 01380 721279.

  On the day only cash sale: Canal Trust Café, Bradford on Avon.

Further Information

 https://bmac.katrust.org.uk

 Above Bradford Lock: BA15 1LE (ST825601). Pay & display car park: BA15 1BX.

Kennet & Avon Canal

Trips

From Kintbury

Operator

Kennet Horse Boat Company

Details

Kennet Valley and horse

'Kennet Valley' - horse-drawn 64-seater wide beam boat.

Public horse-drawn trips last from two to three hours and can operate seven days a week from Easter to the end of September, following a variable timetable that fits around private charter bookings. See website for particulars.

It is assumed that all boat trips are cancelled due to the pandemic. However, the company website seems to have been taken over by someone else (28 March 2020).

2hr trip: Adult £12:30, Child (3-16) £11:30, Children under 3 free. Seniors (60+) £ £11:30, Family (2 adult + 2 children) £42.00.

3hr trip: Adult £13:30, Child (3-16) £12:30, Children under 3 free. Seniors (60+) £ £12:30.

Private charters available - see website.

No wheelchairs.

Guide dogs welcome, pet dogs at company discretion.

Bar serves tea, coffee, soft and alcoholic drinks plus crisps, biscuits and confectionery. Toilet

Booking

 http://kennet-horse-boat.co.uk/horse-drawn-boat-trips/public-trips/time-table/.

☎ 01488 658 866.

Further Information

 http://kennet-horse-boat.co.uk/

 Below Kintbury Lock: RG17 9UN (SU386671). Adjacent to Kintbury railway station.

River Thames

Trips

Various cruises up and downstream of Henley.

Operator

Hobbs of Henley

Details

The Waterman

Various boats.

Hobbs are now closed until further notice due to Coronavirus. For more info, see their website at https://www.hobbsofhenley.com

Daily Easter to 30 Sep - trips 1 or 2 hrs. 1 hr trips: Apr/May/Jun/Sep weekdays 2.30pm, weekends and Jul/Aug everyday 12.00pm, 2.30pm, 3.45pm. 2hr trips: Jul/Aug on selected Thu 3.00pm.

1 hr - Adults £11.00,
Seniors £9.00,
Children (4-15) £6.50,
Children under 3 Free.

2 hr - Adults £17.50,
OAP £14.50,
Children £12.50.

Other cruises available - see website.

Booking

 https://tickets.hobbsofhenley.com/sales/public-events-2020

 Hobbs of Henley, The Boat House, Station Road, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1AZ.

Further Information

☎ 01491 572035

 boats@hobbsofhenley.co.uk

 https://www.hobbsofhenley.com

 Hobbs of Henley, The Boat House, Station Road, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1AZ. (SU763823).

River Thames

Trips

Various cruises around or between Maidenhead, Windsor, Runnymede and Hampton Court.

Operator

French Brothers

Details

A French Brothers boat

Various boats.

French Brothers are no longer offering any public trips until May 1st 2020. For more info, see their website at https://www.frenchbrothers.co.uk/

Public trips ranging from 40 mins to all day. Various operating periods. See website.

Example: Windsor 40 min trip -
Adult: £9.80,
Senior: £9.00,
Children (3 to 13): £6.55,
Family (2 adults + 2 children) £26.15.

Book online for discounts.

Booking

 https://www.frenchbrothers.co.uk/public-trips/

Sales Office: French Brothers Ltd, The Clewer Boathouse, Clewer Court Road, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 5JH (not a departure point). ☎ 01753 851900

 sales@boat-trips.co.uk

Further Information

 https://www.frenchbrothers.co.uk/

 Departs Windsor: Windsor Promenade, Barry Avenue, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1QX (SU966771).

Website contains maps and details of all departure points.

River Thames

Trips

From Folly Bridge, Oxford, OX1 4JU.

Operator

Oxford River Cruises

Details

Golden Slumbers

Various trips usually in 12 seater Edwardian style River Launches with electric propulsion.

Trips of 30 minutes, 50 minutes and 2½hrs Mar - Nov.

The website of Oxford River Cruises says “COVID-19 Temporary closure”. No other information available.

30 min trip: Adult £8.00,
Child (under 16) £5.00.

50 min trip: Adult £12.00,
Child (under 16) £6.00.

2½hr trip: Adult £29.00,
Child (under 16) £15.00.

Various other cruises available - see website.

Booking in advance strongly recommended.

Booking

 https://www.oxfordrivercruises.com/book-now

Further Information

Oxford River Cruises, The Folly, 1 Folly Bridge, Oxford, OX1 4JU. ☎ 08452 269396 or 01865 987147

 info@oxfordrivercruises.com

 https://www.oxfordrivercruises.com

 1 Folly Bridge: OX1 4JU (SP514055).

River Thames

Trips

Various trips from Oxford, Abingdon, Reading, Henley, Marlow and Windsor.

Operator

Salters Steamers

Details

Ex-steamer Hampton Court

Many varied craft including former steamers.

Mostly 40-45 mins.

The Salters website appears not to mention Coronavirus or COVID-19.

In Oxford to Iffley Lock return, Apr - Oct on the hour from 11.00am - 5.00pm daily:
Adult £8.00,
Child £4.50,
Children under 3 go free.

Similar trips elsewhere - some less frequent - see website.

Also various trips between each of the above places, such as Oxford to Abingdon twice daily - Adults £21.80, Seniors £20.80, Children £12.50 return. See website for further details.

Booking

 http://www.salterssteamers.co.uk/book.php

Bookings & Enquiries: Salters Steamers Ltd, Folly Bridge, Oxford, OX1 4LA. ☎ 01865 243421 Fax: 01865 248185

Further Information

 info@salterssteamers.co.uk

 www.salterssteamers.co.uk

 Folly Bridge: OX1 4LA (SP514055)

River Thames

Trips

From Caversham Pier and Caversham Promenade, Caversham, Reading, RG1 8BD.

Operator

Thames Rivercruise

Details

Caversham Princess

5 different craft (including a Dunkirk Little Ship) for 40 to 120 passengers.

Thames Rivercruise ceased operation of all river trips on 21 March. This wiil be reviewed in a month. For more info, see their website at https://www.thamesrivercruise.co.uk/

30, 45 and 80 minute cruises Apr - Oct. Adults from £8.00. Further details on website.

Various other trips and cruises - see website.

Booking

 https://www.thamesrivercruise.co.uk/book-online/

Further Information

Office: Thames Rivercruise, Pipers Island, Bridge Street, Caversham, Reading, Berks, RG4 8AH (This is not a boarding point). ☎ 0118 948 1088

 https://www.thamesrivercruise.co.uk/

 Caversham Pier: RG1 8BD (SU710745).

River Wey

Trips

From Godalming Wharf, Off Woolsack Way, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1LQ.

Operator

Godalming Packetboat Company

Details

NB Iona and horse

Iona - 46 seater, horse-drawn 71ft 6in narrow boat.

2 hr trips most days from Easter to the end of September, but please ring 01483 414938 to confirm times of trips (usually 2.00 pm) and to book.

Godalming Packetboat Company will be closed for the whole of April 2020 due to the UK Coronavirus outbreak. This will be reviewed for May. See website at http://www.horseboat.org.uk

Adult £11.50,
Children £10.50,
Senior £10.50.

Booking

☎ 01483 414938

Further Information

Correspondence: Godalming Packetboat Company, 57 Furze Lane, Farncombe, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 3NP

☎ 01483 414938

 http://www.horseboat.org.uk

 info@horseboat.org.uk

 Godalming Wharf, Off Woolsack Way, Godalming, GU7 1LQ (SU975440)

River Wey

Trips

From Dapdune Wharf, Guildford.

Operator

National Trust

Details

Dapdune Belle

In three electric launches: Dapdune Belle, Sir Richard Weston and Seewey each taking 12 passengers.

All National Trust houses, gardens, parks, toilets, cafes and shops including Dapdune Wharf are now closed. More info at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/river-wey-and-godalming-navigations-and-dapdune-wharf

First trip 11.15am then on the hour thereafter. Thu - Mon 21 Mar to 2 Nov and all week in August.

Adult £4.30,
Children (over 1 year): £2.55,
Family £12.00.
Tickets not available for advanced booking.

Dogs cannot be taken on the trips.

Booking

  Trips can only be booked at the ticket hut on the day and are not available for advanced booking. First come, first served.

Further Information

 Navigations Office and Dapdune Wharf, Wharf Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4RR (SU993502).

☎ 01483 561389

 riverwey@nationaltrust.org.uk

 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/river-wey-and-godalming-navigations-and-dapdune-wharf

Wey & Arun Canal

Trips

From Canal Centre behind the Onslow Arms in Loxwood, West Sussex.

Operator

Wey & Arun Canal Trust.

Details

Wiggonholt

50 seater wide beam electrically powered boat 'Wiggonholt', 27 seater narrow boat 'Zachariah Keppel', 9 seater launch 'Josias Jessop'

Various trips 35 mins to 1¾hrs. Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays 4 Apr - 25 Oct.

See website (https://weyarun.org.uk/drupal/content/public-trips) for times and prices.

As a consequence of the virus outbreak, all Boat Trips have been suspended until at least the 31st May. See website https://weyarun.org.uk/content/boat-trips for further info.

'Wiggonholt' has an access lift for disabled. If required, book in advance to ensure this boat is available for your trip.

Various other trips and cruises - see website.

Booking

  https://weyarun.org.uk/drupal/content/public-trips

Canal Trust Office: ☎ 01403 752403 (Monday - Friday 9.30am - 1.30pm)

Further Information

 office@weyandarun.co.uk

 https://weyarun.org.uk/content/boat-trips

Canal Centre: ☎ 01403 753999.

 Canal Centre behind the Onslow Arms in Loxwood: RH14 0RD (TQ041311)

Wilts & Berks Canal

Trips

From landing stage at Waitrose, Mill Lane, Wichelstowe, Swindon SN1 7BX.

Operator

Wilts & Berks Canal Trust.

Details

NB Dragonfly

12 seater narrow boat 'Dragonfly'.

Dragonfly is currently (16 Mar) out of the water for maintenance. Bookings for any trips cannot be taken until further notice. Follow progress on Facebook and on Instagram where it will be announced when trips start again.

50 minute trips to Kingshill and return on every Sat, Sun & Bank Holiday through the year (weather permitting) at 10:30am, 11:45am, 1:00pm, 2:45pm & 3:30pm.

Adults £6,
Children (2+ years old) £3.

Wheelchair lift (not possible to get larger powered wheelchairs on the lift). Space for only one wheelchair.

Booking

Boat team on ☎ 07401 220076 or

Preferably:  boat-bookings@wbct.org.uk

Further Information

  https://www.wbct.org.uk/experience/take-a-boat-trip

 Waitrose Swindon: SN1 7BX (SU134829)