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.

Whilst every care has been taken in compiling this list, the Southampton Canal Society cannot accept any liability for errors 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.

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;  Internet address for further information;  Location (postcode and OS grid ref) of departure point.

Waterway Trip Boats
Waterway & Operator Trips and Tickets Bookings and Further information
Basingstoke Canal - Basingstoke CS Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham to King John's Castle, Odiham or towards Winchfield.
  • 50 seater wide beam 'John Pinkerton'.
  • 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: Information:
Basingstoke Canal - Basingstoke CS From Town Wharf, Woking.
  • 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: Information:
Basingstoke Canal - Basingstoke Canal Authority From Mytchett Canal Centre.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Also other special trips - see website.
Booking:
  • ☎ 01252 370073
Information:
Chichester Canal - Chichester Ship CT Chichester Canal Basin to Donnington.
  • Usually on 22 seater 'Kingfisher'.
  • 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: Information:
Kennet & Avon Canal - Kennet & Avon CT Newbury Wharf.
  • 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.
Booking: Information:
Kennet & Avon Canal - Kennet & Avon CT From Hungerford Wharf.
  • 50 seater wide beam boat 'Rose of Hungerford'.
  • 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 £9.00, Children (3-15) £5.00, Family ticket £24.00.
  • 1½ hr trips 11.30am to Dun Mill Lock: Sat & Sun in Aug; Wed in Jul - Aug plus 2.30pm on Sat, Sun & Wed in Oct - Adults £8.00, Seniors £7.00, Children (3-15) £4.00, Family ticket £20.00.
  • Electric wheelchair lift.
  • Pre-booking advisable.
Booking:
  • Online: 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.
  • In person: Fare Wise Travel, 19 High Street, Hungerford.
Information:
Kennet & Avon Canal - Kennet & Avon CT From Devizes Wharf to east of Devizes Marina.
  • 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:
  • Online: https://tickets.katrust.org.uk/index.php and follow the link to Kenavon Venture trip details.
  • Devizes Office in office hours (weekdays): ☎ 01380 721279.
  • In person: K&ACT shop at Devizes Wharf.
  • In person: Devizes Books, Handel House, Sidmouth Street, Devizes, Wilts, SN10 1LD.
Information:
Kennet & Avon Canal - Kennet & Avon CT From above Bradford Lock either west to Avoncliffe (approx 2¼ hrs) or east to Hilperton (2½ hrs).
  • 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:
  • Online: https://tickets.katrust.org.uk/index.php and follow the link to Barbara McLellan trip details.
  • Devizes Office in office hours (weekdays): ☎ 01380 721279.
  • In person on the day only: Canal Trust Café, Bradford on Avon.
Information:
River Thames - Hobbs of Henley Various cruises up and downstream of Henley.
  • 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: Information:
River Thames - French Brothers Various cruises around or between Maidenhead, Windsor, Runnymede and Hampton Court.
  • 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: Information:
  •  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 - Oxford River Cruises From Folly Bridge, Oxford, OX1 4JU.
  • Various trips usually in 12 seater Edwardian style River Launches but 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: Information:
River Thames - Salters Steamers Various trips from Oxford, Abingdon, Wallingford, Reading, Henley, Marlow, Windsor and Staines.
  • 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:
  • Bookings & Enquiries: Salters Steamers Ltd, Folly Bridge, Oxford, OX1 4LA. ☎ 01865 243421 Fax: 01865 248185
Information:
River Thames - Thames Rivercruise From Caversham Pier and Caversham Promenade, Caversham, Reading, RG1 8BD.
  • 5 different craft (including a Dukirk 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: Information:
  • Office: Thames Rivercruise, Pipers Island, Bridge Street, Caversham, Reading, Berks, RG4 8AH. ☎ 0118 948 1088
  •  www.thamesrivercruise.co.uk
  •  Caversham Pier: RG1 8BD (SU710745).
River Wey - Godalming Packetboat Company From Godalming Wharf, Off Woolsack Way, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1LQ.
  • 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:
  • By phone: ☎ 01483 414938
Information:
River Wey - National Trust From Dapdune Wharf, Guildford.
  • 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.
Information:
Wey & Arun Canal - Wey & Arun CT From Canal Centre behind the Onslow Arms in Loxwood, West Sussex.
  • 50 seater wide beam electrically powered boat 'Wiggonholt', 27 seater narrow boat 'Zachariah Keppel', 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 ensure this boat is available for your trip.
  • Various other trips and cruises - see website.
Booking: Information:
Wilts & Berks Canal - Wilts & Berks CT Landing stage at Waitrose, Mill Lane, Wichelstowe, Swindon SN1 7BX.
  • 12 seater narrow boat 'Dragonfly'.
  • Sat & Sun from Easter. Times and prices currently unavailable.
Booking: Information:

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