Rivers and Canals

There is nothing more relaxing than a day by the river! Whether you're walking the towpaths, hiring a rowing boat or picnicking on the riverbank the tranquil waterways in and around Guildford are a great place to unwind.

Hot Air Balloon River River Wey - Passing through the centre of Guildford, the beautiful River Wey is an oasis of calm just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the busy High Street. Watch a narrow boat travel through Millmead Lock whilst savouring a picnic or sip a cold beer in one of the Riverside Pubs. Stroll along the towpath and see spectacular views of heathland, woodland and water meadow, keeping your eyes peeled to spot the wide variety of wildlife who have made the riverbank their home. 

Dapdune Wharf - Pre-dating the canal age by over 100 years, discover the history of the River Wey Navigation at this hands-on National Trust venue in Guildford town centre. Take a relaxing trip on the Electric Launch and listen to the Volunteer Skippers tell tales of the history of the waterways. 

Farncombe Boathouse - There's no better way to enjoy some time on the river than by hiring a rowing boat, canoe or punt! Alternatively, get a group together and rent one of the pretty narrow boats for a special day of fun. If you have more time on your hands, book a narrow boat holiday and appreciate the stunning Surrey landscape from a completely different angle. A week should allow time to join the River Thames and cruise upstream to Windsor or down river to Hampton Court. 

Godalming Packetboat Company - Travel along the river in the time honoured way onboard the 'Iona' narrow boat, pulled by heavy horse from Godalming Wharf. Step back in time on a journey along natural river, section of canal and through one of the oldest boat locks in the country. 

Wet and Arun Canal - Cruise along the idyllic Loxwood Link section of the cancel on the Surrey/Sussex border, by narrow boat or one of the regular public trips. Look out for special events held such as Cream Tea Voyages or Picnic Pimm's Days. 

Basingstoke Canal - Pedalos, canoes, kayaks and rowing boats are all for hire for a fun day out at the Basingstoke Canal Centre in Mytchett. Alternatively, regular, relaxing boat trips take place on the pretty, 12-seater 'Rosebud' from Easter to September. Spring and Autumn special cruises are often on offer and you can even charter a skippered narrow boat, specially for your group, as a great way to celebrate a special occasion. 

Public boat trips along the Basingstoke Canal can also be taken from the Town Wharf in Woking on a peaceful cruise past Horsell Common - you get to see the town from a completely different perspective. The 12-seater 'Kitty' has a hydraulic lift and ramp and can, additionally, accommodate up to two unpowered wheelchair users per trip.