Trip FAQs

Odiham – The John Pinkerton II

An on board toilet is available.

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 visit the Accessible Boating Association or call them on 07934 926683 .

Souvenirs are available on board to help remember the occasion. You can also visit our online shop by clicking the button below.

Charterers may organise their own entertainment subject to the advance approval from the Booking Team.

Add to the party atmosphere of your cruise, and enjoy a canal boat shuffle with the Excel Jazzmen. Contact on 01252 549037

When booking, any entertainment staff must be included in total passenger numbers.

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.

Private parties may provide their own catering, or use a catering service who will deliver to the boat. You will find a selection of suppliers below;

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is greatfoodcompany1.jpgThe Great Food CompanyClarissa Kershaw
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Cafe-Logo-Smaller.jpgHartletts Cafe
Packed Lunches
Individual Platters
Afternoon Tea
Jenny Copeland at Hartlett’s Cafe by email at
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is waterwitch_logo1.jpgThe Waterwitch
London Road, Colt Hill
Before and after your cruise for drinks and meals
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is olivers_logo1.jpgOlivers Fish & Chips
01256 321018
For a Fish’n’Chip supper delivered to the boat at departure.
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is buffet_small1.jpgGrand Catering (Poppy’s Cafe Church Crookham)
07800 888354
Cold buffet and cream teas. Contact Richard Withey for menus and prices.

For catering enquiries, please contact the caterer of your choice directly. Teas and coffees are not supplied by the caterer unless specifically requested.

Serving staff must be included in the total passenger numbers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.