TIME: 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
SEAT AVAILABILITY: 42
Ramble (Outward Leg) and Cruise (Return Leg), with Ploughman’s Lunch.
Ramble from Colt Hill wharf Odiham to Barley Mow wharf, board the John Pinkerton for a ploughman’s lunch, and then cruise back to Colt Hill wharf, departing 1.45pm.
Walk on the towpath from Colt Hill wharf to Barley Mow wharf, Winchfield, in your own time.
Relax on the return leg, and cruise back to the start, enjoying a ploughman’s lunch onboard after the boat leaves Barley Mow.
Each leg will last around 75 mins.
Cruise in the peaceful surroundings of the Basingstoke Canal
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 Greywell and the acid water content eastward where the canal passes through heathland, has given 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 get lucky and 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.