Come and take a trip on the Pride of Batchworth!

Our purpose built trip boat has the capacity for 12 people and runs regular trips from the canal centre at Batchworth to Stockers Lock and back. Or you may wish to privately charter the Pride of Batchworth complete with 2 crew for special occasions.

Combine a perfect day out with a trip on the famous Grand Union Canal. Our experienced volunteer crew will take care of your every need leaving you, your family or friends to just relax and enjoy a fantastic day.

Boat trips

The Pride of Batchworth offers hourly trips from Batchworth Lock to Stockers Lock and return.

A round trip takes around 30 - 40 minutes. As long as we have a qualified boat skipper available (and there usually is one) boat trips can take place on demand in all weathers - except when the canal is iced over!

  • Trips are run on a ‘turn up and go’ basis.
  • There is no need to book; but....
  • Although the boat normally runs between the hours of noon and 5.00pm, please phone 01923 778382 beforehand to check the boat is available if you are making a special journey. It may have another commitment.

Charters

We also offer a charter service on the Pride of Batchworth for all sorts of parties and occasions for up to a maximum of 12 people. Guests are welcome to supply their own food and drink or the Cafe@Lock81 can provide a cream tea if required and further information and the booking form can be downloaded here

To find out more about Charters and see suggestions for 1 - 5 hour return trips download our Charter brochure. Please give two weeks notice to book a charter as we have to ensure we have the voluteers available to crew and this is not always easy to do at short notice.

Trip Times

Boat Trips - Boat trips can take place on demand in all weathers as long as we have a qualified boat skipper available. Please phone 01923 778382 beforehand to check the boat is available if you are making a special journey to check we have a volunteer available. The boat also may have another commitment and be already booked.

Boat Charters - Can be booked throughout the year on any day of the week subject to arrangement.

Prices for Boat trips

£3.00 for adults and £2.00 for children and £8 for a family of 4 (2 adults + 2 children)

Price for Private Boat Charter

£50.00 per hour and £45.00 for each subsequent hour (maximum 12 persons)

Bookings

For all bookings and further information please contact canalcentre@rwt.org.uk

On Board

  • Comfortable seating inside and outside
  • Kitchen with tea and coffee making facilities
  • Toilet
  • Sink with running water
  • CD Player
  • Buoyancy aids (available on request)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Full safety equipment

Passenger Feedback

"As you know we celebrated our son's 9th birthday yesterday on the "Pride of Batchworth".

We all wanted to thank you, Captain Tony and the other gentleman helping out on the day. The boys enjoyed themselves especially when they were allowed to help with the locks! They did feed the ducks but I unfortunately did not bring enough bread for the boys and the ducks - I did not realise there were so many ducks and swans. They also blew bubbles which entertained them and the passers by!

It was a really interesting day and the boys and the parents will be back down again during the summer. Everybody was so friendly and the canal is truly beautiful and relaxing - I wouldn't mind coming again without the boys but I think they would feel left out!  I can't thank you all enough as it was a most enjoyable afternoon especially since the weather decided to be kind to us also.

My sons would like to personally thank Captain Tony as he was very kind and informative."

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"What a fantastic day we had on Saturday, as you predicted the sun shone for us, everyone was in jolly mood and everything went to plan. Unfortunately just one of the lads was unable to come after all but all those who did had a great time. Thank you and all involved for the hard work that goes into this sort of thing - I hope we will be able to do it again sometime."

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"I just wanted to say a big thank you for yesterday. The canal trip was perfect and they were great, friendly and informative .... all my party asked me to pass on our thanks and to give positive feedback. I believe people don't comment enough when they're happy with things but all too quick to complain. And you were right about the weather."

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"I would like to thank Graham & yourself for super trip out. I had fabulous time & so did girls. You both helped make our day enjoyable & informative. I loved doing locks & learning about the rope marks with horses and the coal tax plaque & house. I will write up a review & put your details on face book as social media is great advertising. I know at least two of my ladies are interested in booking barge trips with you. Thanks again for super day."

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"Just a note to say thank you for Saturday. Paul and Tony looked after us very well - nothing was too much trouble.  Please say thank you to them on our behalf again. Thank you for your help behind the scenes - particularly for your prompt responses to my numerous enquiries!

We all had a fantastic couple of hours and my daughter loved her birthday treat - 'the best party ever' was a comment from one of the girls! We had a few enquiries from members of the public on hiring the boat so  you may get a few more bookings!"