Trip FAQs

Common FAQs

The trip boat season can vary but generally runs from mid-March to mid-October.

You can see what we have available during the season on the Booking page.

If you want to discuss a boat trip at any other time then please contact our Booking team here.

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The John Pinkerton II is limited to a total of 50 passengers per trip.

Kitty is limited to a total of 12 passengers per trip.

All passengers are counted regardless of age.

On occasion, a lower passenger limit may be set depending on the trip type.

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The John Pinkerton II operates from Odiham in Hampshire and Kitty operates from Woking in Surrey.

John Pinkerton II

Directions: Departure point is located on the canal wharf. The canal at Colt Hill is signposted down London Road at the eastern end of the High Street. Pass the Waterwitch pub and then cross Colt Hill Bridge, then turn right into the car park at the end of the road.

Kitty

Directions : Departure point is located adjacent to the WWF Living Planet Centre on Brewery Road, just outside the centre of Woking. Convenient parking can be found under the WWF building (aka the Brewery Road car park).

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You can check the availability of each boat based on your chosen trip type, day and time from the Booking page before you start the booking process.

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Please see the Booking page for event information that includes prices.

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Public and theme trips are popular.

To avoid disappointment make an advanced booking using our secure on-line booking system.

We cannot guarantee seats will be available at the last minute. 

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Booking of all except theme trips must be made at least 12 hours in advance of the stated trip departure time.

Booking of themed trips must be made at least 48 hours in advance of the trip departure time.

Your booking will not be secured until payment has been received.

We cannot take online advance bookings on the day of departure.

If you have not made a pre-paid booking it may still be possible for you to get aboard if spaces are available.

If this is the case you can pay your fare to the skipper.

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All crew are trained volunteer members of The Basingstoke Canal Society and are appropriately certificated. 

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Why not buy a Gift Voucher?

A voucher is an ideal gift for a boat trip in the peaceful surroundings of the delightful Basingstoke Canal.

Vouchers can be purchased through using our online shop for either the John Pinkerton II or the Kitty.

Terms and conditions:

A voucher can only be used for the boat that it is purchased for.

Unless stated otherwise a voucher will last for 12 months from the date of purchase.

If you wish to transfer a gift voucher to another boat then you must contact the Booking team.

A voucher has no cash value. A trip boat cannot accept vouchers as payment in lieu of cash.

If the value of the voucher exceeds the price of a trip then the residual amount may be used towards another trip on that boat.

A cash refund cannot be given.

Redeem your voucher

Contact the Booking team to redeem a voucher.

A voucher can be redeemed as full or part payment for a boat trip.

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Please check the weather conditions and dress appropriately for a boat trip.

This includes footwear. High heels are inappropriate, soft shoes being more comfortable for any towpath access to boat.

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Odiham – The John Pinkerton II

We run public and themed trips, for which you will share the boat with others. You can also charter the whole boat for the exclusive use of your party.

Trips last approximately 2.5 hours.

Trip durations may be longer than stated when the canal water level is low. This can occur during periods of reduced rain.

On the day of your trip please arrive at the departure point at least 15 minutes before your trip departs and inform the boat skipper of your presence.

All public trips depart from Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham, Hook RG29 1DH unless stated otherwise.

Trips are either eastwards towards Winchfield or westwards towards Greywell and Odiham and King John’s Castle.

The trip direction is determined by the skipper.

For charter trips, subject to prevailing circumstances, every effort will be made to comply with the hirer’s wishes on the direction of cruise.

We are limited to 50 passengers for each trip. Except where a lower limit is stated. We cannot guarantee space at the last moment.

The fully licensed bar is open on all cruises. You can purchase real ale, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, drinks, and light refreshments. 

For charters corkage facilities are available by prior arrangement with the Booking team.

For charters if you would like to use a catering service that will deliver to the boat, we can recommend:

  • Chapel Pond Catering – Sample menus include cream teas, ploughman’s lunches and buffet meals. For more details and to order, please see the Chapel Pond order form. Telephone : 07818 402763. Email: kathrynball.1963@gmail.com.
  • Grand Catering – For more details and to order, please see their website. Telephone : 07800 888354. Email: richwithey80@gmail.com.  
  • Fish and Chip supper – If you would prefer a fish ’n’ chip supper delivered directly to the boat, either at the beginning or half-way through your cruise, please contact Oliver’s Fish Restaurant at Old Basing. Telephone 01256 321018. Email: info@olivers4fish.co.uk.

Please Note: Food orders provided by outside suppliers do not include drinks. All beverages, including teas and coffees etc. should be obtained from the on board bar and paid for separately, or arrangements made to use the corkage facility.

Meals and drink are available before or after your trip from The Waterwitch pub, Odiham, adjacent to the Colt Hill departure point. Telephone 01256-702778.

Souvenirs are available on board to help remember the occasion. You can also visit our online shop by clicking the button below.

Except for assistance dogs, we regret that dogs cannot be taken on public trips.

Please note that access into the boat is by five steps down from the rear deck, with handrails on each side. There is no mechanical lift for wheelchair users.

Group organisers must provide able-bodied helpers for those that need looking after, and to lift wheelchair users if necessary.

Our smaller second trip boat Kitty, which operates from Woking, is fitted with a hydraulic lift for wheelchair users. 

Alternatively, our sister charity Accessible Boating, based in Odiham, operates purpose-built boats to cater for disabled persons and their carers.

For more details see www.accessibleboating.org.uk, or call them on 07934 926683.

Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Babies are not charged for but are included in the overall headcount for a boat. If you are unsure please check with the Booking team.

An on board toilet is available.

Woking – Kitty

You can book either as individuals or family groups on public trips, up to a maximum of 12 people. You will be sharing the boat with others.

Alternatively for that special occasion, you can book a charter trip for up to 12 guests. You will have exclusive use of the boat.

For a charter you can choose either a morning, afternoon or evening trip to suit your requirements.

Charter trips can last up to 2.5 hours. Cruising almost the entire 4 mile lock free length of the canal along to the edge of the world famous Horsell Common.

Please contact the Booking Team.

Trips typically last approximately 1.25 hours. 

On the day of your trip please arrive at the departure point at least 15 minutes before your trip departs and inform the boat skipper of your presence.

All trips depart from The Town Wharf, Brewery Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 4LJ.

Woking Town Wharf is located adjacent to the WWF Living Planet Centre on Brewery Road, just outside the centre of Woking.

Convenient parking can be found under the WWF building (aka the Brewery Road car park). 

There is a bus stop adjacent to the boat departure point served by many local buses.

The mainline railway station is a 7 minute walk from the Town Wharf.

Typically trips head in an easterly direction skirting the edge of Horsell Common before turning around and heading back to the Wharf.

However, the longer 2.5 hour trips may also include a short trip west to explore a different part of the canal, before turning around and heading east alongside Horsell Common.

We are limited to 12 passengers for each trip.

Refreshments are not provided. You are more than welcome to provide your own.

Souvenirs are available from our online shop.

Except for assistance dogs, we regret that dogs cannot be taken on public trips.

Access to the boat is by four steps down from the rear deck with a handrail on one side.

Seating is arranged along the sides of the boat, and there are no individual seats.

The boat is fitted with a hydraulic lift and a ramp and can accommodate up to 2 unpowered wheelchair users per trip.

Please note:

  • We are unable to accommodate users of powered/motorised wheelchairs or mobility scooters.
  • Each wheelchair user must be accompanied by an able-bodied carer. The crew will operate the lift and ramp. The crew cannot assist with the handling of wheelchairs or their occupants.
  • Each wheelchair user, for reasons of safety, will occupy 2 of the available places on the boat. Therefore a maximum of 11 persons can be accommodated including one wheelchair user, and 10 persons including two wheelchair users.

Alternatively, our sister charity Accessible Boating, based in Odiham, operates purpose-built boats to cater for disabled persons and their carers.

For more details see www.accessibleboating.org.uk, or call them on 07934 926683 .

Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Babies are not charged for but are included in the overall headcount for a boat. If you are unsure please check with the Booking team.

There are no toilet facilities aboard the boat.

There are toilets nearby at the Lightbox public gallery and museum. The crew are happy to direct you if required.

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