Narrowboat Hire – Wey Navigation and Basingstoke Canal

The Wey and Godalming Navigations and the Basingstoke Canal can be cruised by entering from the River Thames near Weybridge. Both are surprisingly tranquil waterways running through beautiful and peaceful countryside, despite their closeness to London and suburbia. Both waterways are independently managed so require additional cruising licences.

  • The Wey Navigation, managed by The National Trust, is 17 miles long, part river, part canal with 12 wide locks taking 2 days to cruise. For licencing information see here.
  • The award-winning visitor centre at Dapdune Wharf on the Wey in Guildford tells the story of the Wey and Godalming Navigations and the people who lived and worked on them.
  • The Navigations are a wildlife sanctuary, with canal towpath and countryside walking trails.
  • The Basingstoke Canal is 34 miles long with 29 wide locks taking 3 days to cruise. It’s jointly owned by Surrey and Hampshire County Councils. Licencing details see here.
  • Greywell tunnel collapsed in 1932 and cut off the route to Basingstoke, King John’s castle is nearby.
  • The section of the Basingstoke canal from the Wey to the summit level can suffer from water shortages but the 20 mile summit level isn’t usually affected.

Boat Hire from family firms on or around the Wey Navigation & Basingstoke Canal

Farncombe Boat House

Farncombe Boat House Traditional family run company offering 2-8 berth holiday boats for weekends, midweeks, and weekly hire. We also have purpose built dayboats, tearoom with lawn and row-boating, and private recreational moorings.

Farncombe Boat House Day Hire

Farncombe Boat House Our purpose-built day boats are ideal for entertaining. Each boat can accommodate up to ten people and is fully equipped. Explore the Godalming to Guildford stretch of the river with open meadows and fields with grazing cattle, swans, ducks and geese along your way. 

More Information

Holiday Cruising Guide to the Basingstoke Canal and Wey Navigation.

More Southern hire firms or narrowboat hire firms in other canal areas.

Day hire boats to cruise with a few friends for a few hours.

Help to choose the right canal boat for your holiday.

Plus lots more advice and tips in our Canal Holiday Advice.

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Basingstoke Canal

Galleon Marine
Colt Hill, Odiham RG29 1AL.

River Wey

Farncombe Boat House
Catteshall Rd, Godalming GU7 1NH
01483 421306
Narrowboat Savanna
River Wey
On the Wey Narrowboat Hire

Day Hire

Farncombe Boat House Day Hire
Catteshall Rd, Godalming GU7 1NH.
01483 421306

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