Cruise in the peaceful surroundings of the Basingstoke Canal at Woking
Return trips from the Woking Town Wharf to Britannia Wharf will run at 11am, 1pm and 2.45pm allowing people to join a guided walking tour from Britannia Wharf to Woking Peace Park which is one of the Woking Heritage Open day attractions.
The complete trip will take approximately 75 minutes
Please book further down this page. Note that booking closes at 11pm the day previous to travel.
Trips also available at 11am and 2.45pm.
Enjoy the exceptional local flora and fauna while taking a trip through Woking’s history. The usual trip for Kitty is east from the Town Wharf. Immediately on the right is the award-winning Lightbox Art Gallery and Museum, then we pass under the new pedestrian/cycle turnover bridge. As we head out of town Horsell Common (itself partly an SSSI) is to our left. On the right we pass the site of the old Spantons Timber Wharf, then past the old gas works winding hole on the left; the Woking gas works were on the right. At Monument Bridge we can see the base of an old crane, before heading past Britannia Wharf on the left.
The canal is an SSSI, and not only serves as a local recreational amenity but is also a notable wildlife habitat. The alkaline water from the chalk springs at the western end of the canal mix with the acidic water as the canal passes through the Surrey heathlands, giving rise to one of the largest varieties of aquatic plants and invertebrates in the United Kingdom. As many as 25 of Britain’s 39 species of dragonflies and damselflies inhabit the canal.
You may be fortunate to see a kingfisher that is considered to be a lucky bird. You can also see herons swans, ducks, geese, moorhens (often with young) and various local floras.
Cruise times may be extended in low water conditions.
Bookings are closed for this event.