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. You can also ask us about increasing the duration to 3.5 hours at an increased cost.

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.

Directions: Departure point is located on the canal wharf. The canal at Colt Hill is signposted down London Road at the eastern end of the High Street. Pass the Waterwitch pub and then cross Colt Hill Bridge, then turn right into the car park at the end of the road.

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 all passengers are counted regardless of age.

On occasions we may specify a lower passenger limit depending on the type of trip. We are unable to 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 contact telephone : 07818 402763 or email kathrynball.1963@gmail.com.
  • Grand Catering – For more details and to order, please contact telephone : 07800 888354 or email richwithey80@gmail.com.  
  • Fish ‘n’ 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: info@olivers4fish.co.uk.

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.

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 www.accessibleboating.org.uk, or call them on 07934 926683.

An on board toilet is available.

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