A surprising haven in the heart of Surrey where you can relax on a boat trip, climb aboard a restored barge, learn how to tie a sailor's knot or enjoy a scenic walk. The visitor centre at Dapdune Wharf in Guildford brings to life the stories of historical waterway. You and your family can have fun at one of the many events, let the children explore, build dens on the island, or raid the dressing up box. The Navigations meander through 20 miles of Surrey countryside with towpath all the way, so you can walk in chunks, looking out for resident wildlife.
4 June- 1 August – Thursday to Monday 11am-5pm
1-31 August - 7 day opening 11am-5pm
1 September to 23 October – Thursday – Monday 11am – 5pm
24-30 October - 7 days 11am-4pm
Boat trips run from Dapdune Wharf from Thursday to Monday during our open season and all week in August. The trips take about 40 minutes, with the first trip leaving at 11.15, and then roughly on the hour throughout the day after that.
Our electric launches We have three electric launches, Dapdune Belle, Sir Richard Weston and Seewey and being electric, they are very quiet. The volunteer skippers have an interesting tale to tell - all about the history of the area you will be passing through on your trip. In summer, the damselflies dart in and out of the boat, shining emerald and blue.
The route Most trips head towards Guildford, passing what used to be the manufacturing quarter, with the Electric Theatre - the former electricity works for Guildford until 1868, and the site of Moon's timber yard - now Debenhams. Sometimes our volunteer skippers decide they need a change and head downstream towards Stoke lock, passing lovely bankside vegetation and offering you a completely different view of Guildford.
Bookings Trips can only be booked at the ticket hut on the day and are not available for advanced booking. When the river is in flood, we're unable to operate the boat. As the boats take a maximum of 12 passengers, on busy days they get booked up very quickly, so there are times when there may only be seats for the last boat left.
We're very sorry, but we're unable to take dogs on the boat trips.