2020 Public and Charter Cruises


Boat Trips on the Basingstoke Canal in Woking aboard Kitty

Are you looking for a novel way to unwind and relax? Then why not join us aboard the Society’s trip boat Kitty for a cruise in the beautiful surroundings of the Basingstoke Canal in Woking. Enjoy a cruise past Horsell Common, a short distance from the setting for HG Wells’ “War of the Worlds”, and see the town from a completely different, and peaceful, perspective.

We run Public Trips at various times throughout the summer, each trip lasting approximately 1¼ hours if no stops are made. For details of the trip schedule, please see below. You can book as individuals or family groups on public trips, up to a maximum of 12 people, and you will be sharing the boat with others.

Read the Woking Magazine article on Kitty (republished with permission)

Alternatively, for that special occasion, you can book a charter trip for up to 12 guests, when you will have the exclusive use of the boat – and you can choose a morning or afternoon trip to suit your event.

All trips are crewed by trained volunteer members of The Basingstoke Canal Society, and the helmsman is appropriately certified for this kind of boat. The proceeds benefit the Society, which works to safeguard the Canal for the future.

video icon 20x20 See Kitty under way.

 Make A Day Of It!

Why not follow your trip on the Canal with a visit to other attractions in the area, for example:

THE LIGHTBOX, WOKING  An award-winning gallery and museum in Woking, over the bridge from the Town Wharf, The Lightbox (right) boasts three spacious galleries hosting a wide range of exhibitions, and is also home to an interactive museum of the town’s history. There is also the prestigious Ingram Collection of Modern British Art on display, and it runs an extensive education and events programme. Complete your visit at the canal-side Seasons Café and Kitchen and gift shop.  For more details, see the website or call 01483 737800.

AMBASSADOR THEATRE GROUP COMPLEX, WOKING  Go to the Ambassador Theatre Group entertainment complex in the centre of Woking to see a film or show. For bookings and what’s on, see the respective websites for the Ambassador Cinema , New Victoria Theatre  and Rhoda McGaw Theatre.

RHS GARDENS, WISLEY  Enjoy a visit to the wonderful RHS Gardens at Wisley, just a short drive from the centre of Woking. For more details, see the website or call 01483 224234.

BROOKLANDS MUSEUM, WEYBRIDGE  Just a few miles away from Woking is the Brooklands Museum (left), the birthplace of British motorsport. Lots of motoring and aircraft exhibits, including Concorde. See the website or call 01932 857381 for more information.


2020 Calendar and Ticket Pricing


If making enquiries on existing bookings, please quote the JP or Web Ticket Manager Booking Reference.

The schedule for Public Trips on Kitty is as shown below:



Approx 1¼ hour Public Trips departing from the Town Wharf, Woking. Trips will be run on stated days and times, depending on whether bookings are made through our online booking system. 

PLEASE NOTE: All  Public Trip online bookings must be made at least 12 hours in advance of departure.

Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays and Bank Holidays  (and on Fridays during August) at 11am, 1pm and 2.45pm 
Tickets: Adults £6, Children under 16 £4 (under 1yr free), Family Ticket (2 Adults and 2 Children) £17, Wheelchair User (Adult or Child, up to 2 per trip) £4.

Woking Living Well Programme Trips, at 11am, 1pm and 2.45pm
Tickets: Free of charge. PLEASE NOTE: trips on these days must be booked through Woking BC Health and Wellbeing office.

Woking Heritage Open Days Trips, at 11am, 1pm and 2.45pm
Tickets: Free of charge. PLEASE NOTE: trips on these days must be booked at The Lightbox.


Charter Trips can be booked whenever the boat and crew are available. They can take place whenever Public Trips are not taking place (see schedule above), or within any scheduled 1¼ hour Public Trip slot that is not already booked. Please call the Booking Team to arrange your trip.

Charter Trips will depart from the Town Wharf, Woking.

PLEASE NOTE:  Charter Trips bookings within Public Trip slots must be made at least 12 hours before departure. Charter Trips outside Public Trip slots require at least 7 days’ notice, to ensure crew availability.

1¼ hour Charter Ticket for up to 12 persons – £60
2 hour Charter Ticket for up to 12 persons – £96
2½ hour Charter Ticket for up to 12 persons – £120


  • We reserve the right to alter trip dates and timings to suit the demand. Changes will be posted on this web page and be reflected in the booking system (see below).
  • Advance payment is required for all Kitty cruises.
  • Trips durations may be longer than stated when the Canal water is low, for example after periods of little rain, and also if a stop is made during the trip.
  • There are no toilet facilities aboard the boat.

Bookings and Enquiries

We expect these trips to be popular, and to avoid disappointment, please make an advanced booking using our secure on-line booking system. We are limited to up to 12 passengers for each trip.

We cannot guarantee to have space on public trips at the last moment – however, if a public trip is running and provided there is space available, passengers without bookings may join the boat at the wharf on a first-come, first-served basis and pay the skipper.

For more information, contact the Booking Team via email at jpbookings@basingstoke-canal.org.uk.

In case of difficulty, ring on 0750 686 4411 (10am – no later than 6pm please).

PLEASE NOTE: As a charity, our Booking Team consists of volunteers some of whom have day jobs, so please bear with us when phoning and leave a message if necessary – we will respond. Thank you for your consideration. 

How to book a Public Trip

You can book a public trip on-line at johnpinkerton.co.uk/booking and follow the link to Kitty trips, or click on the button below.

How to book a Charter Trip

We ask you to call the Booking Team (on 0750 686 4411, 10am – no later than 6pm please) with your debit or credit card before confirming and paying for your Charter ticket, particularly if you wish to plan a longer trip or it to occur on a day not in the published schedule. The team will if necessary add your trip slot into the system and then talk you through the online confirmation and payment process.  

Departure Point

On the day of the trip, we ask you to arrive at the departure point at least 10 minutes before the cruise departs and that you inform the boat crew of your presence.

All trips depart from the Woking Town Wharf.

Woking Town Wharf (GU21 4LJ) – is located adjacent to the WWF Living Planet Centre on Brewery Road, just outside the centre of Woking. Convenient parking can be found under the WWF building (aka the Brewery Road car park).

Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons

Please note that access to the boat is by four steps down from the rear deck, with a handrail on one side. Seating is arranged along the sides of the boat, and there are no individual seats.

The boat is fitted with a hydraulic lift and a ramp, and so can accommodate up to 2 unpowered wheelchair users per trip.


  • We are unable to accommodate users of powered/motorised wheelchairs or mobility scooters.
  • Each wheelchair user must be accompanied by an able-bodied carer – the crew will operate the lift and ramp however cannot assist with the handling of wheelchairs or their occupants.
  • Each wheelchair user, for reasons of safety, will occupy 2 of the available places on the boat. Therefore a maximum of 11 persons can be accommodated including one wheelchair user, and 10 persons including two wheelchair users.


Except for assistance dogs, we regret that dogs cannot be taken onto the boat.

Buy A Kitty Cruise Gift Voucher

Why not buy a Gift Voucher for use on any Kitty Cruise? This would make an ideal present for birthdays, Christmas and other special events. Give them to your family members, friends and work colleagues, and allow them to join us on the Kitty trip boat in the peaceful surroundings of the delightful Basingstoke Canal.

Gift vouchers to the value of between £10 and £60 can be purchased on-line by simply filling in a form and making a card payment. Recipients can then redeem them as part or full payment against any public or charter trip of their choosing aboard Kitty. Trips can be selected via our secure on-line booking system which shows all currently available trips able to accommodate your party. Alternatively, vouchers can be purchased and redeemed by calling the Booking Team on 0750 686 4411 (10am – no later than 6pm please).

PLEASE NOTE: Kitty Cruise Gift Vouchers cannot be redeemed online for trips on our other trip boat John Pinkerton II, or vice-versa – in other words, they have to be used on the boat for which they were purchased. If you require a voucher bought for one boat to be used for a trip on the other boat, please call our booking team to request assistance.

 Last updated by on 20 March, 2020