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Horse-Drawn Boat Trips

Our public horse-drawn trips on the Kennet and Avon Canal last from two to three hours and can 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.

Self-Drive Boat Day Hire

A group of up to eight people can enjoy the freedom of the Kennet and Avon canal with self-drive day-hire on our traditional style 9m (30ft) narrow boat, Cygnet, which is built to a very high specification. Everyone gets a great view, the main passenger area can be opened up to enjoy the fresh air. It is available for hire most of the year. 

Gift Vouchers

Treat a friend or family to a magical trip onboard one of our crafts with a gift voucher.

Give the perfect gift that they will always remember.

The Kennet Horse Boat Company brings you two ways to enjoy a leisurely boat trip on one of England’s finest canals

They’re both great ways to escape from the madness of modern life and experience the slower pace of yesteryear.

Just sit back and soak up the beauty of the countryside from a totally different viewpoint.

NEW - Wild glamping experience

Unique stays in our shepherd's hut

From £75 (for 1 night, 4 people)

  • Family and Dog Friendly
  • Glampsite set in 10 acres of pastureland near Newbury in Berkshire
  • A 15-minute drive to Hungerford, Greenham Common and Highclere Castle
  • Shepherd’s hut heated by wood burner; exclusive use of shower hut
  • Located in the historic village of Hamstead Marshall, the shepherd’s hut is walking distance from the Kennet and Avon Canal and that all-important village pub.
Get closer to nature

Enjoy a leisurely canal boat trip

A unique experience, perfect for sharing time or perhaps celebrating a birthday with friends and family

Interested in booking a public trip, a private charter or a school day out?

We’re delighted that clients

say nice things about us

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 towpath! Again thank you for a lovely relaxing afternoon.
John and Sarah Sarling

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

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