Waterway Boat Trips 2019

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 appeared in the April 2017 issue of the Newsletter. The website manager would be glad to receive comments, corrections, updates and additions to this list.

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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: Various days at 2.30pm and some Mondays at 10.30am.

Also other special trips - see website.

Adults £12,
Children under 18 £5 (under 1yr free),
Senior Citizens £10,
Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children) £28.

Wheelchair restrictions.

Booking

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

☎ 01256 765889 (10am - 8pm)

 jpbookings@basingstoke-canal.org.uk

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: 3 Apr - 13 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.

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.

☎ 01256 765889 (10am - 8pm)

 jpbookings@basingstoke-canal.org.uk

Further Information

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

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

Basingstoke Canal

Trips

From Mytchett Canal Centre.

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.

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 on the day at reception or by phone. Spaces allocated on a first come, first served basis on the day. Trip days dependent on weather.

Further Information

 info@basingstoke-canal.co.uk

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

 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'.

1¼ hr trips 7 days a week. 30 Mar - 29 Sep at 10:15am, 12:00 noon, 1:45pm, 3:30pm. 17 Feb - 29 Mar and 30 Sep - 3 Nov trips at 12.00 noon and 2.00pm.

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 Centre, Canal Basin, Chichester, PO19 8DT (SU858041) 9.30am to 4.45pm weekdays.

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 Apr - Oct at 12 noon and 2.00pm, Thu Apr - Oct at 2.30pm.

Adults £6,
Children (2-15) £4,
Children under 2 free,
Seniors £5,
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) £18.

No wheelchairs.

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'.

1½ hr trips 11.30am to Dun Mill Lock: Sat, Sun & Wed 2 - 16 Oct.

Adults £8.00,
Seniors £7.00,
Children (3-15) £4.00,
Family ticket £20.00.

2½ hr trips 2.30pm to Wire Lock: Sat, Sun & Bank Hols in 6 Apr - 29 Sep, Wed in May - Sep.

Adults £9.00,
Seniors £8.00,
Children (3-15) £5.00,
Family ticket £24.00.

Electric wheelchair lift.

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'

1¾ hr trips: Sat, Sun, Wed 2.30pm 10 Apr - 30 Oct. Thu 2.30pm summer school holidays.

Adult £6.00,
Children (3-15) £4.00,
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £16.00,
Children under 3 years old free.

Other public trips available.

No wheelchairs.

Dogs at discretion of other passengers and skipper.

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 Avoncliffe (approx 2¼ hrs) 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: Sat, Wed & Bank Holidays from Easter Sat 26 Mar to end Oct. Eastbound trips: Sun from Easter Sun 27 Mar to end Oct. Trips start: 2.00pm.

Adult £8.00,
Child (5-15) £5.00,
Children under 5 free.
Bank Holiday Mondays: special deal for families (2 adults and 2 children) get a discount of £5.

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

Other public trips available.

Dogs at discretion of other passengers and skipper.

Booking

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

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

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

Further Information

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

 Above Bradford Lock: BA15 1LE (ST825601)

River Thames

Trips

Various cruises up and downstream of Henley.

Operator

Hobbs of Henley

Details

The Waterman

Various boats.

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 £10.50,
Seniors £8.50,
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

 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.

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

Example: Windsor 40 min trip -
Adult: £9.50,
Senior: £8.80,
Children (3 to 13): £6.35,
Family (2 adults + 2 children) £25.35.

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 Apr - Oct.

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

 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, Wallingford, Reading, Henley, Marlow, Windsor and Staines.

Operator

Salters Steamers

Details

Ex-steamer Hampton Court

Many varied craft including former steamers.

Mostly 40-45 mins.

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 £20.80, Seniors £19.80, Children £11.70 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 70 to 160 passengers.

30, 45 and 80 minute cruises Apr - Oct. Adults from £7.50. 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. ☎ 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.

Adult £10.00,
Children £9.00,
Senior £9.00.

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: GU7 1LQ (SU975440)

River Wey

Trips

From Dapdune Wharf, Guildford.

Operator

National Trust

Details

Dapdune Belle

In three electric launches taking 12 passengers.

First trip 11.15am then on the hour thereafter. Thu - Mon late 23 Mar to 3 Nov and all week in August.

Adult £4.20,
Children: £2.50,
Family £12.00.
Tickets not available for advanced booking.

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. ☎ 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 2½hrs. Sat, Sun and Bank Holiday Mon. 30 Mar to 27 Oct (except Easter Sunday & Monday).

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

'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/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 (at weekend only).

 Canal Centre: 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'.

50 minute trips to Kingshill and return on Sat & Sun at 10.30am, 11.45am, 13.30pm, 14.45pm.

Adults £6,
Children £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)