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 22-seater canal boat which operates up to four scheduled trips, daily from spring to autumn. Passengers are offered a relaxing 75 minute trip with a friendly crew able to answer questions about the canal history, points of interest along the route and the local wildlife.

Charter Trips


Richmond is a broad beam boat accommodating 31 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.



Our 12:30 Lunchtime trips start on the 2nd & 16th March, the 6th & 20th of April and then from May they run on most alternate Thursday and Friday lunchtimes through to October.

Our 6:00 evening trips first run from the 13th of April and then alternate Friday evenings through to the end of September.



Our first Afternoon tea cruise is at 2:30pm on Mothering Sunday 31st March.

Afternoon tea is a long-running British tradition, dating back to the early 18th century when it was used to bridge the gap between the two main meals of the day, lunch and dinner.

Scones with jam and cream, cakes and finger sandwiches, tasty sweet treats and lots of tea equals heaven for many Brits! All of this is included on our afternoon tea cruise which takes around 2 hours and includes a choice of tea or coffee.


Something New for 2019.


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.

Gift Vouchers

You can buy a gift voucher online or at the canal centre for any of our trips except for Christmas and Easter trips. Click on the blue button to buy online or call 01243 771363 weekdays between 10am and 3:30pm.
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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.