Boat trips, hire and charter

Unpowered boat hire – Canal Visitor Centre - Mytchett

Pedalos, canoes, sit on top kayaks and rowing boats available for hire at weekends from Easter to the end of September.

Also open daily during the Easter, Spring Half Term and Summer school holidays.

Boat hire opening is subject to weather conditions.

All boats available for hire have a time allocated slot which should preferably be booked and paid for in advance.

Please note that you must be able to get in and out of the boat without any assistance from a member of staff.

To check if boat hire is open please contact the office on 01252 370073, [email protected] or check on Facebook or Twitter.

How to book

Boats can be booked in advance over the phone on 01252 370073, or at Reception. We do advise that you book in advance to save disappointment.

If you’ve booked in advance, all you have to do then is turn up 10 minutes before your hire is due to start and wait at the designated waiting point.

If you are booking from reception, simply report to reception where a member of staff will check availability of the boats for you and then get you booked in and give you waiting instructions.

Please note that the hire of a boat is non refundable unless the Canal Authority have had to cancel in which case a full refund will be offered.


  • Pedalos: £10.50 per half hour
  • Rowing boats: £16 for 1 hour, £24 for 1 ½ hours
  • Canoes: £15 for 1 hour, £22.50 for 1 ½ hours
  • Double Kayak: £14 for 1 hour, £21 for 1 ½ hours
  • Single Kayaks: £13 for 1 hour, £19.50 for 1 ½ hours

Hire times

  • 10.15am to 3.40pm

Rosebud boat trips and charter hire - Mytchett

Boat trips

Boat trips on board our friendly 12-seater boat ‘Rosebud’ 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.

Trip times

  • 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm

These 55-minute long boat trips leave from the Canal Centre in Mytchett and go to Greatbottom Flash and back.


  • Per adult: £6.50
  • Per child (ages one to 12): £4
  • Family (two adults, two children): £20


Book and pay at reception or over the phone - 01252 370073

Trip days are dependent on the weather - so please check with the office if you are travelling any distance.

Tel 01252 370073, email [email protected] or check on Facebook or Twitter

Cream Tea Cruises

Cream tea cruise specials run on Thursday afternoons from the end of May to September.

Thursday: Departure time 1.30pm for a two and a half hour round trip to Deepcut. Tea served on picnic tables on the lock lawn.

Cream Tea Cruises - Prices

  • Per person: £15

Advance booking essential. Minimum of six for the trip to run. Maximum number 10.

Charter hire

Looking to do something different for a special event like a birthday or anniversary - why not hire our 12-seater narrowboat Rosebud? Each trip will have a qualified skipper and crew member on board. Charters available on non public trips days only.

Trips depart from and return to the Canal Centre in Mytchett any time between 10am and 8pm (latest return time).

Charter hire - Prices

  • Day hire rate: £60 for first hour, £50 each additional hour
  • Evening rate (5pm onwards): £80 for first hour, £60 each additional hour

All trips are subject to the availability of the boat, skipper and crew member.

To check availability contact the office on 01252 370073, or email [email protected]

Other boat options

Public boat trips: “John Pinkerton” - Odiham

A 50-seater boat belonging to the Basingstoke Canal Society offering public trips, themed cruises and charter hire.

Phone 07506 864411 (10am to 6pm), or email [email protected]

Public boat trips – ‘Kitty’ 12-seater boat – Woking

Basingstoke Canal Society 12 seater boat offering 75 minute trips from the Town Wharf in Woking on Wednesdays and weekends from Easter to the end of September. This boat has a hydraulic lift and ramp and can accommodate up to two unpowered wheelchair users per trip.

Phone 07506 864411 (10am to 8pm), or email [email protected]

Boat hire - Galleon Marine, - Odiham

Narrowboats available for 4, 6 and 8 hour hire, a short break or a longer holiday. Also on hire are rowing boats, canoes and kayaks.

Phone 01256 703691, or email [email protected]

Boat trips and hire - Accessible Boating - Odiham

Offer a day hire boat “Dawn” which takes 12 passengers (space for six wheelchair users). There is also a seven berth luxury holiday boat “Madam Butterfly” specially designed for disabled use. Both boats operate from Odiham. Occasional public boat trips during the summer.

Phone: 07934 926683, or email: [email protected] for more information.

Recreational Boating for the Handicapped - Woking

Free trips are offered for small groups aboard “Maggie G” - a special boat designed for wheelchair users.

Phone: 01483 761499