Trip FAQs

Common FAQs

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Full Calendar Search

To obtain an overview of all trips, use the Full Calendar search. This will aid resolving available timeslots for each day per month.


Charters are listed for John Pinkerton (JP) or Kitty.

Green coloured timeslot identifies it as Available to Charter.

Red coloured timeslot identifies it as Booked.

Light Blue coloured timeslot identifies it as Reserved, pending confirmation by deposit.

Clicking any charter slot will proceed to detailed information, and sending a Booking Request to the Team, for confirmation.

NB: Currently the Seats Available and Cost are shown as zero. Please ignore, and refer to our About Trips page for costs.

Public Trips

Blue timeslot identifies Public Themed trips, with booking and payment facility.

Mauve timeslot identifies Public Trips, with booking and payment facility.

Clicking the timeslot proceeds to the Booking sequence.

Seats Available and Cost range is shown. Tickets identify individual costs.

Date Search

For a narrower selection of dates, click the left hand search icon, and enter From and To dates.

The result will include all trips in the listing; scroll down to the required event, date and time, and click for full information.

Trip Type Search

This will display all Available dates for your chosen trip type. Most useful for Public and Theme trips.

Reset Searches

Resets all searches ready for a new selection.

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

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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.

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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 using our online shop for use on either the John Pinkerton II or the Kitty.

Terms and conditions:

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

A voucher has no cash value. A trip boat skipper 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.

A cash refund cannot be given.

Redeeming your gift voucher:

We sell three gift voucher types in our online shop. Voucher codes are only valid for one boat trip.

  1. Boat Trip Gift Vouchers (£5 – £50) – Please search for Public Trips or Theme Trips in the calendar, note the date and time, and then contact the Booking Team to make your booking. 
  2. Public Trip Family Ticket Gift Vouchers – once your purchase has been made, you can download your voucher/voucher code which can be redeemed against your preferred public trip when you book and pay online.
  3. Public Trip Couple’s Ticket Gift Vouchers– once your purchase has been made, you can download your voucher/voucher code which can be redeemed against your preferred public trip when you book and pay online.

Covid Extension:

Vouchers purchased previously have been automatically extended to include the 2022 season.

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

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

Trip prices vary depending on trip type and duration. You can find detailed information by clicking here.

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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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If you have a question or need to contact us then please contact our Booking Team.

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