The Trust has two canal boats, Kingfisher and Richmond, and offers both scheduled and charter trips throughout the year. The boats ply the two mile section of the canal between the Basin and Donnington; a beautiful stretch with excellent views and prolific wildlife.  Both boats can accommodate disabled passengers.

Scheduled Trips


Kingfisher  is our new 22-seater canal boat which operates four scheduled trips, daily from spring to autumn. Passengers are offered a relaxing 75 minute trip with a friendly crew able to provide information about the canal history, points of interest along the route and the local wildlife. For the full details: see Scheduled Trips.

Charter Trips

Blue Richmond at Poyntz bridge

Richmond is a broad beam boat accommodating 32 passengers. She operates charter cruises from March to October. The boat offers a venue with a difference: a continuously changing scene in the heart of the countryside. You are free to simply hire the boat and crew for a trip on the canal or we also offer a selection of catering options.


Both boats are used for Easter Bunny trips and Father Christmas trips, aimed at providing a fun experience for young children and their families. Our Christmas Lunch Cruises are designed to give adults a chance to enjoy a magical Christmas trip.


Fish & Chips cruises run on selected Friday evenings and Thursday lunch times.


Cream Tea cruises run on alternate Sundays from late April to mid-September.

Disabled Access

There is a ramp from the Basin pedestrian area to the boat pontoon and each of the boats has a lift to lower passengers or wheelchairs to cabin level. The toilet facilities on board Kingfisher are accessible by wheelchair, those on Richmond are not. Only a limited number of wheelchairs can be accommodated: up to two on each boat and it is not possible to take motorised wheelchairs on Kingfisher. If you are not sure, please check in advance with the Bookings Manager to ensure that your requirements can be met.


To ensure trips depart on time please arrive 15 minutes before departure.