Waterway Trip Boats 2021

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 (Covid-19) pandemic

The restrictions put in place by the Government mean it is difficult to operate any trips. In all trips, the number of passengers allowed has been reduced from normal to maintain social distancing. Operators have instituted cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance. Whilst aboard, all passengers will have to wear face masks and follow the hygiene procedures. Links to the trip boat operators’ websites are given below so that checks can be made about any resumption of their services. All details should be checked with operator.
 

Key:  ☎ Telephone,   Email address,   Online booking site,   Booking in person,   Internet address for further information,   Location (including 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 hour public trips on the John Pinkerton will be available from 23 June 2021 on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons at 2.30pm.

Prices: Adult £12.00, Senior Citizen £10.00, Child (under 18) £5.00, Baby in arms (under 1yr) free, Family (2 adult + 2 children) £30.00.

Bookings are being taken - for more info, check this page.

Wheelchair restrictions.

Booking

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

 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'.

1¼ hour public trips on the Kitty will be available from 23 June 2021 on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Trips start at 11.00am, 1.00pm and 2.45pm.

Prices: Adult £6.00, Child (under 18) £4.00, Baby in arms (under 1yr) free, Family (2 adult + 2 children) £17.00, Wheelchair users £4.00.

Bookings are being taken - for more info, check this page.

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

No toilet on board.

Booking

https://basingstoke-canal.org.uk/boat-trips/book-your-trip/. 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 24 hours in advance of departure.

Further Information

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

 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 minute public trips run at weekends and on public holidays from Easter to September plus Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays during Easter, Spring Half Term and Summer school holidays. Times: 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Prices: £6.50 per adult, £4 per child (ages one to 12), family £19 (two adults, two children)

Booking

Book and pay at reception or by ☎ 01252 370073. 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.

1 hour public trips start from 14 Aug - 30 Sep every week from Tue - Sun (not Mon).
Trips 14-21 Aug at 12:00 noon; 22 Aug - 30 Sep at 10:30am and 12:30pm.

Prices: £8.00 which will include a free drink which you can collect from the Cafe on your return, Child (under 13) £5.00, Babies under 2 are free (but must be included in the seating numbers).

No dogs except guide/assistance dogs.

Lift access for 2 wheelchairs.

Booking

☎ 01243 771363 between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm from Monday to Sunday.

Further Information

☎ 01243 771363.

 boxoffice@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 hour public trips are due to resume 20 May but initially for only one group of up to a maximum of 6 people until Covid regulations are eased. For more info, see the Jubilee website at https://jubilee.katrust.org.uk/

Public trips on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 12 noon and 2.30pm.

No wheelchairs.

Licensed bar, refreshments and toilet.

Booking

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

All tickets should be booked in advance. Check ticket availability on Jubilee’s website.

The Trust’s Devizes office is closed, if you wish to make a trip enquiry please email bookings@katrust.org.uk and include a contact phone number.

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'.

Public Trips are due to resume on Saturday, 22nd May and can now be booked. For more info, see the boat’s website at https://rose.katrust.org.uk/

1½ hr trips to Dun Mill Lock: Wed, Sat & Sun at 11.30am. Adults £8.00, Children (3-15) £4.00, Children under 3 free, Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) £22.00.

2½ hr trips to Wire Lock: Wed, Sta & Sun at 2.30pm. Adults £9.00, Children (3-15) £5.00, Children under 3 free, Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) £26.00.

Electric wheelchair lift. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, currently unable to take wheelchairs on board or assist passengers when boarding.

Sadly dogs not currently allowed on board.

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.

The Trust’s Devizes office is closed, if you wish to make a trip enquiry please email bookings@katrust.org.uk and include a contact phone number.

  Fare Wise Travel, 19 High Street, Hungerford.

Further Information

 rose@katrust.org.uk

 https://rose.katrust.org.uk/

 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://kv.katrust.org.uk/publictrips/

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.

The Trust’s Devizes office is closed, if you wish to make a trip enquiry please email bookings@katrust.org.uk and include a contact phone number.

  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

Operator

Kennet & Avon Canal Trust

Details

Barbara McLellan

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

Every Wed, selected Sats and selected Suns, through Bradford Lock to the Grade II listed Avoncliff Aqueduct or a shorter trip, about 1½,hours, to Meadow's Bridge.

Selected Sunday afternoons through woodland to Hilperton (lasting 2½ hours) or a shorter trip, about 1½ hours to the Widbrook winding hole.

Prices: Avoncliff or Hilperton - Adult £9.00, Child (4-12) £6.00, Child under 4 free.
Widbrook or Meadows Bridge - Adult £6.00, Child (4-12) £4.00, Child under 4 free.

For more info including further trips, see the boat's website at https://bmac.katrust.org.uk/

All passengers must be able to board and exit the boat via steps unaided by the crew – the lift is not in operation.

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.

Further Information

 https://bmac.katrust.org.uk

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

The company are now taking bookings and enquiries for trips at 2020 prices. See website for particulars.

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

 https://kennet-horse-boat.co.uk/horse-drawn-boat-trips.

☎ 01488 658 866.

Further Information

 https://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.

One hour trips daily now available. Some other trips available. For more info, see their website at https://www.hobbsofhenley.com

1 hr - Adults £11.50,
Seniors £9.50,
Children (4-15) £7.00,
Children under 3 Free?

Booking

 https://tickets.hobbsofhenley.com/sales

 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.

Some trips from Windsor and Runnymede now running. Depending on easing of Covid restrictions further trips may become available. For more info, see their website at https://www.frenchbrothers.co.uk/

Public trips ranging from 40 mins to 2 hours. 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 April - October.

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 and Marlow.

Operator

Salters Steamers

Details

Ex-steamer Hampton Court

Many varied craft including former steamers.

Salters are offering boat trips from Oxford & Marlow this summer - details on website. They will not be able to offer any scheduled services run this summer. Preferably contact them by email info@salterssteamers.co.uk as the phone lines are extremely busy.

From Folly Bridge, Oxford to Iffley Lock and return, Apr - Oct on the hour from 11.00am - 5.00pm daily: Adult £8.50, Child £5.00, Children under 3 go free.

From Higginson Park, Marlow (above Marlow Bridge) to Temple Lock and return, Apr - Oct on the hour from 11.00am - 5.00pm daily: Adult £7.50, Child £4.50, Children under 3 go free.

Also 2.5 hour round trip from Folly Bridge, Oxford taking in views of Iffley Lock and Port Meadow. Further details on website.

Booking

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

Further Information

 info@salterssteamers.co.uk

 https://www.salterssteamers.co.uk

 Folly Bridge: OX1 4LA (SP514055)

River Thames

Trips

Mainly from Caversham Pier and Caversham Promenade, Caversham, Reading, RG1 8BD, but also from Goring Lock.

Operator

Thames Rivercruise

Details

Caversham Princess

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

Various trips mainly from Caversham (Reading) but also from Goring. Cruises start on 13th April. Choose from river trips - such as round trips or events - such as afternoon tea, Sunday Lunch or Sundowner. Trip durations from 45 minutes to all day.

All bookings to be made online. Adults from £9.00. Please read details given on website at https://www.thamesrivercruise.co.uk/

Booking

 https://www.thamesrivercruise.co.uk

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 and Caversham Promenade (both just upstream from Caversham Bridge): RG1 8BD (SU710745).

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.

Entry to Dapdune Wharf is free of charge, but non-members need to pay for parking. Boat trips must be booked in advance, and are limited to family/household bubble groups with a max of 6 people.More info at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/river-wey-and-godalming-navigations-and-dapdune-wharf/whats-on

Boat for up to 6 people: £34.00,
Tickets - advanced booking essential by phone 0344 249 1895.

Dogs cannot be taken on the trips.

Booking

  Trips must be booked by phone 0344 249 1895 before the day.

Further Information

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

☎ 01483 561389 or 07554 116036

 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'

Boat trips will resume from 19th May on Wednesdays and Sundays at 10.30am, 12pm and 2pm. Booking online only and tickets are on sale now. There will still be the need for social distancing and masks must be worn inside. Only 6 passengers or 2 households can be accepted on each boat. Saturday and special cruises will be added after the 21st June when Government restrictions allow. Please visit https://weyarun.org.uk/scheduled-trips for further info.

'Wiggonholt' has an access lift for disabled.

Booking

  https://weyarun.org.uk/scheduled-trips

Further Information

 support@weyandarun.co.uk

 https://weyarun.org.uk/scheduled-trips

Loxwood Office: ☎ 01483 505566.

 Canal Centre behind the Onslow Arms in Loxwood: RH14 0RD (TQ041311). Open Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun only.

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'.

For Covid-19 reasons, no bookings for any trips can be taken until further notice. Follow progress on Facebook 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

 Waitrose Swindon: SN1 7BX (SU134829)