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ABOUT US
A Nostalgic Victorian Experience Aboard "IONA"
Travel the Victorian Way along this unspoilt waterway in Surrey as generation of boatmen before you. Your journey on the narrow boat "IONA" and pulled by one of our heavy horses, traverses both river and canal and passes through a lock. It is difficult to imaging a more delightful way to discover the National Trust owned River Wey Navigations.
We provide both Public Trips and Private Charters.

PUBLIC TRIPS
The Public Trips are most days from Easter to the end of September, but please ring 01483 414938 to confirm times of trips (usually 2.00 pm).
At any time during the trip you will be able to refresh yourself from the tea bar on board which also sells souvenirs.

PRIVATE CHARTER
Something to celebrate - we provide the ideal outing for clubs organisations, senior citizens, wedding receptions, retirements, birthdays, corporate entertaining etc. If you require food we have a caterer who can serve buffet meals.

LOCATION
All trips leave Godalming Wharf, in Godalming Town, opposite Sainsbury's MAP.The trips last approximately two hours, with a maximum of 46 passengers. Trips are run subject to the river being open to navigation.


Buddy and Iona at Catteshall Lock, River Wey.


Alizee working on the River Wey.

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OUR BOAT

Built in 1935 as "Bellerophon" by Harland and Wollfe for the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company.
Small Woolwich Star Class Butty originally paired with "Bootes" carrying coal, lime juice, chocolate crumb and steel billets.
In 1957 there are photographs of her at Cassio Wharf, Watford, and paired with "Carolla" at the National Rally at Coventry Basin.
1958 to 63 paired with Banstead and during this time was used for the film The Barge with Harry H Corbet, Ronnie Barker, Eric Sykes.
1963 was bought at Hillmorton Locks for the Shropshire Union Cruises to replace the old wooden IONA, and was renamed at this time.
1968 to 69 was converted to a trip boat and appeared in an episode of Coronation Street.
in 1969 - 85 worked as a horse drawn trip boat at Norbury Junction. 1985 was brought down by lorry to the Wey navigation at Godalming to work as a horse drawn trip boat, as she does today.
"IONA" is a full length narrowboat (72ft) 19.5 meters, and we have retained the traditional painting. She is fitted with a tea bar in the shell of the boatman's cabin, and has seating for 46 passengers.
There is toilet on board.

Approaching Trowers Bridge, River Wey.
Approaching Trowers Bridge, River Wey.
Navigating with care Trowers Bridge, River Wey.
Navigating Towers Bridge with extreme care.

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OUR HORSES

BEN

15 1 hands blue roan gelding
Born 1993. Started work pulling a trap at Brentwood. Bought in 1998 to pull IONA. Has appeared in Charlies Riverside Walks, Home from Home, and Escape to the Country.

BUDDY.

Buddy is a 12 years old Clydesdale X gelding who has come from the Montgomery Canal where he was working for Bywater Cruises.

ALIZEE.

A French Comtois chestnut mare born in 2000 in France and is 15 hands high. She was used for draught work and logging in Jura before being brought to England.

OUR GALLERY


Alizee

Buddy

Ben (now retired)

In 2012 Buddy towed the butty, Ilkeston, to the London Canal Museum. Photos Bob Jervis

Towing along the Regents Canal.

Camden Lock

With Kate AIDIE inside the London Canal Museum.

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2016 PRICES

CHARTER HIRE
(Maximum Number 46)

Day Time 2 Hour Trips (Approx) £400.00
Deposit for above £80.00
Cream Teas (Ordered in advance)£4.00 each

PUBLIC TRIPS
(Please ring to book)

Adult £10.00
Children £9.00
Senior Citizens £9.00

The company retain the right to cancel the booking and will only refund the deposit in these circumstances.

dappled light on the River Wey
Filming of River Walks
with Charlie Dimmock.
Dappled Light on the Wey. Jenny leading Ben.

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Correspondence:-
57 Furze Lane
Farncombe
Godalming
Surrey
GU7 3NP
Tel:01483 414938
Email: Jenny

Boat Trips from:-
Godalming Wharf,
Off Woolsack Way,
Godalming,
Surrey,
GU7 1LQ
Map
The wharf lies close to the roundabout in Woolsack Way

Iona and Ben
Iona and Ben.

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LINKS

These links will take you to other sites of similar interests,


Canal Junction A comprehensive canal guide and leisure directory.

U.K. Canals Web Page Dedicated to those who work, rest and play on the canals and waterways of the UK. Including lists of all canal services.

Dani Maimoni Photographer who took some of the photos on this web site.

Waterways Directory A comprehensive directory covering all aspects of the canals and associated activities.

The National Trust National Trust who own and maintain the River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

Garth Allan Waterways Artist who painted the background for, and built this web site.

Inland waterways Association Campaigning for the use, restoration and maintenance of Britain's Inland waterways

Tiverton Canal Co The last horsedrawn barge in the west country.

Comtois horses The contact in Britain for Comtois horses.

The British European Draught Horse Assn.

IONA on the River Wey