Horse-drawn boat trips

Our public horse-drawn trips on the Kennet and Avon Canal last from two to three hours and operate seven days a week, from Easter to the end of September. You can just hop on if we have any spare seats – but it’s best to book in advance, so that you guarantee reserved seats.


Public trips

Public trips

You can just hop on if we have spare seats – but booking in advance is best to avoid disappointment.

Groups

Groups

With space for up to 64 passengers (or 53 with our on-board catering option) you’ll enjoy a memorable and unusual trip.

Coach & Tour Operators

Coaches and tours

A trip on our horse-drawn barge is a popular destination for many coach parties touring the area.

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Public trips timetable and bookings

Our public horse-drawn trips run from Easter to the end of September.

We operate seven days a week, following a variable timetable that fits around private charter bookings, so please check our full timetable for the latest availability – or contact us if there are no suitable dates and we will do our utmost to accommodate you.

Date Time Departure Trip type
29/07/2014 10.30 Kintbury Return
29/07/2014 14.00 Kintbury Return
02/08/2014 14.30 Kintbury Return
03/08/2014 11.00 Kintbury One way
05/08/2014 15.00 Kintbury Return

Full timetable and bookings

The Kennet and Avon Canal

The Kennet and Avon Canal

The Queen reopened the Kennet and Avon Canal in 1990, after it had been extensively cleared and refurbished by dedicated waterway enthusiasts and local volunteers. It runs through what is often spectacular scenery for 140km (87 miles) between the Thames at Reading and the Avon at Bristol. The canal section is 92km (57 mile) long and was constructed between 1794 and 1810 to link the Avon and Kennet rivers.

Need to know

It’s best to book!

It’s best to book!

To avoid disappointment, we recommend you to book in advance by phoning 01488 658 866.

What about the weather?

What about the weather?

Our barge has full weather protection, so you’re guaranteed a good trip in all weather conditions.

Refreshments

Refreshments

Our well-stocked bar serves tea, coffee, soft and alcoholic drinks plus crisps, biscuits and confectionary, and there is a selection of souvenirs and gifts.

Toilets

Toilets

There is a toilet on board and there are toilet facilities near the boarding point.

Disabled access

Disabled access

We’re sorry that health and safety reasons prevent us from lifting wheelchairs on board, but if you can manage coach steps you will be able to board. Please contact us if you wish to discuss this further.

Guide dogs and pet dogs

Guide dogs and pet dogs

Guide dogs are welcome, and we also try to allow well-behaved pet dogs on board. Because we must consider the comfort of all passengers, pet dog access is at our discretion, space permitting, and we need a phone call beforehand to check, please. On trips where food is being served, guide dogs are permitted, but not pet dogs.

Smoking

Smoking

Sorry, no smoking is permitted on board.

  • We were a couple on the Kevendy's coach that visited you on Tuesday. We would just like to say how much we enjoyed the trip on your horse drawn barge and the lovely afternoon tea you provided. You certainly worked hard in getting the lovely Monty to keep going in the darker parts of the tow path! Again thank you for a lovely relaxing afternoon.

    Kind regards John and Sarah Sarling.

    I should like to thank you all at Kennet Horse Boat Company, including of course the magnificent Freddy, for the lovely trip we had on the canal last Tuesday. Our members had a wonderful time and we are grateful for the kindness and consideration shown to those needing a steadying hand getting on and off the barge. We appreciated being able to get off at the lock and watch proceedings from the lovely old bridge, and were much impressed by the nonchalant manner Steve and his assistant leapt between the barge and the bank - do they ever fall in?

    We were lucky in it being a lovely afternoon but the welcome and friendliness shown to us made the afternoon very special - thank you.

    With best wishes, Ann Ireland

    On behalf of 'Downton Good Companions' I should like to thank you all at Kennet Horse Boat Company, including of course the magnificent Freddy, for the lovely trip we had on the canal last Tuesday. Our members had a wonderful time and we are grateful for the kindness and consideration shown to those needing a steadying hand getting on and off the barge. We appreciated being able to get off at the lock and watch proceedings from the lovely old bridge, and were much impressed by the nonchalant manner Steve and his assistant leapt between the barge and the bank - do they ever fall in?

    We were lucky in it being a lovely afternoon but the welcome and friendliness shown to us made the afternoon very special - thank you.

    With best wishes, Ann Ireland

    I would like to thank you, Steve and the other colleagues who gave us such a very pleasant trip on the canal on Saturday. All the guests enjoyed it very much and some are intending to return again when they have the opportunity. I will certainly recommend it to anyone looking for a "different" trip.

    Please pass on my thanks to Steve with whom I caught a few words at the beginning and end. I think most of my guests would have been very happy to have returned on the boat! Thanks again.

    John Hicks, Russet Lodge, Brimpton

    I just wanted to say my husband and I really enjoyed our trip along the canal yesterday, made more interesting by the difficulties caused by the wind, making us more aware of the problems faced years ago by the early canal users. The young man leaping on and off other barges seemed to have an enviable amount of energy!! He certainly needed it for the return trip, oh to be young again. The scones and cake were beautiful.

    It was our first trip out for a few weeks, my hubby is terminally ill, and had been very ill with a chest infection which had bowled him over, making us pretty well housebound for a period of time, I was so pleased when he said he felt able to do the trip yesterday, and even more pleased that we both enjoyed it so much. Thank you so much, and big hugs to Freddie too!

    Marion Kemp

    Thank you to the whole team. It was the most pleasurable experience through from booking to going on the trip and to coming back and discussing it. We’ve had the most fabulous time and it is thanks to your wonderful team that it is so smoothly run and such a successful day out.

    Many many thanks and hopefully we will do it next year and the year after and for many years to come.

    Esther Redhouse

    On July 21st we had the great pleasure of being aboard your horse drawn boat...what an amazing day for us. We wish to thank you all for a memorable time celebrating my husbands' 80th birthday with friends and family. You even had a word with the "Man upstairs and got the weather right!! Without exception all said what a great experience it was for them.

    I would like to say a big THANK YOU to you all..Steve, Shirley and the young man "steering" at the back...sorry but your name eludes me at the moment.

    We really had the most wonderful time and please give and extra pat for Freddie who was indeed a STAR!

    Thank you very much all of you from the Young family and friends

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