Trip FAQs

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:
  • Grand Catering – For more details and to order, please see their website. Telephone : 07800 888354. Email:  
  • 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:

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, 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.

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