Cruising Area and Places to Visit on the way

At a relaxed pace the Royal River Thames is just over a day’s canal boating away from Guildford and Savanna is licensed to cruise the Thames from Easter to December each year. Together, the Thames and Wey give you over 140 miles of navigation to explore – more than enough for a week’s holiday. However, if you want to venture further then both the Kennet & Avon and Grand Union canals are easily reachable, albeit additional licences will be required for these.

If during your holiday you fancy a break from boating, then why not stop at one of the many country pubs you will find on the way, or maybe visit one of the attractions or places of interest described below – all of which are within easy reach of your boat.

Suggested Routes

3 or 4 day Short Breaks
Cruise the length of the River Wey and Godalming Navigations, passing through its 16 picturesque locks as well as villages such as Send, Pyford, Ripley and Godalming. Places to visit enroute within easy reach of the river include the world famous RHS Wisley Gardens, Shalford Mill, Newark Priory or the National Trust Visitor Centre at Dapdune Wharf - which reveals the history of the waterway and shows both how the barge boats were built and how the bargemen and their families lived.

For those with more energy The Spectrum Centre at Parkway has swimming, ice skating and ten-pin bowling facilities.

One week Cruise

Pass through the Thames Lock at Weybridge and start to explore the Royal River Thames. A popular place to visit is Thorpe Park, a family theme park with attractions to suit all ages. Historic attractions en route include Hampton Court Place with its famous maze and the town of Windsor with its Castle and Eton college. From Windsor there is also easy access to Legoland with its model villages and rides for the whole family.