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Video above is the Boaters Handbook DVD - The Beginners Guide to Narrowboating
It's not about the destination, it's about the journey.
Welcome to Galleon Marine Narrowboat Holiday Hire. We provide narrowboat short breaks and week holidays. We also provide boat services.
THE BASINGSTOKE CANAL IS BEAUTIFUL, TRANQUIL AND HASSLE FREE
If you know someone who enjoys the water, why not give them the gift of boating. Our narrowboat gift vouchers can be used against any type of boating that we offer; kayaking, rowing, canoeing and narrowboat day hire or holiday hire.
We care about the impact we have on the canal, click here to read our Environmental Policy
View our Map: Greywell to Ash
View our Map: Ash To Byfleet
You can also download the Boaters Handbook in PDF format here
ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY WHATEVER THE WEATHER
The Boats are comfortable with everything you need to enjoy your break.
THE RELAXING CANAL
Surrey and Hampshire’s beautiful Basingstoke canal is very quiet with none of the problems you sometimes encounter on busier canals. On short breaks you only have to negotiate one lock. We are located approximately 30 miles South West of London and 30 miles North of the South Coast. If you travel by train we are on a direct rail route from Waterloo to Hook (40 mins). There is a Tesco supermarket next to Hook station where you can get supplies and call a taxi from to get to the boatyard (about 8 mins away). Leave the stress of the city behind – come and enjoy a peaceful, relaxing break with us..
HOW TO BOOK A HOLIDAY
Decide which of our boats suits your needs, holiday duration and the date of your holiday. Use our Enquiry Form or call +44 (0) 1256 703691 to check availability and make your provisional booking. We can take your booking over the phone and accept payment by credit card. We will confirm your booking in writing once your deposit has been paid and let you know how much the balance is and when to pay it by. We strongly advise taking out holiday insurance to cover personal injury, loss of belongings and the cancellation of your holiday. The cost of cover is typically around £10.
Alternatively you can complete our Enquiry Form
WORRIED ABOUT DRIVING
We provide you with full tuition regarding boat handling and safety and we stay with you until you're comfortable with the steering, stopping. mooring and turning (winding) the narrowboat. We will also show you the other facilities on board such as the central heating, gas and water, so you won't have any surprises along the way.
Public slipway: There is a single charge for slipping in and out of £10.00 for powered boats
New and used boat sales
Chandlery and Gas sales.
Ice cream, tea, coffee and refreshments,
PUBS ALONG THE CANAL
There are many good pubs along the way to break up your journey.
These are a few; The Fox and Goose, The Mill House, The Waterwitch, The Bel & Dragon, The Red Lion, The Barley Mow, The Exchequer, The Fox and Hounds, The Oatsheaf, The Prince of Wales, The Foresters, The Swan, The Kings Head, The Rose & Thistle, Potters Steakhouse, The Nags Head, The Rowbarge, The Bridge Barn, The Wheatsheaf
SHOPS, RESTAURANTS & TAKEAWAYS ALONG THE CANAL
SHOPS - Spar North Warnborough, Newlyns Farm Shop & Cafe, COOP Odiham, Fleet has a Waitrose, Sainsburys and a small M&S,
RESTAURANTS - Kings Restaurant Odiham (Chinese), Odiham Spice (Indian), El Castello Odiham (Italian), El Castello Fleet (Italian), Prezzo Fleet (Italian), Kathmandu Fleet (Nepalese), Pizza Express Fleet (Italian), Zall Fine Dining Fleet (Indian), Menu Thai Fleet (Thai), Gurkha Square Fleet (Nepalese), Water Sky Fleet (Chinese Takeaway), Sorrento Fleet (Italian), Bo Wah Fish Bar Ash Vale (Fish & Chips), Spice of India Ash Vale (Indian), Happy Garden Ash Vale (Chinese), Ash Vale Tandoori (Indian), Brookwood Fisheries (Fish & Chips), Tiang Woking (Chinese), Spice Village Woking (Indian), The Ketch Woking (Fish & Chips)
THINGS TO SEE & DO
There are many attractions along the canal; from King John's Castle at Odiham, the Rowhill Nature Reserve in Aldershot, Aldershot Military Museum, Farnborough Air Sciences Trust, Alpine Snowsports (10 minute walk from Ash Lock), Ignition Racing Simulators (18 minute walk from Norris Bridges), Mizens miniature railway to name but a few.
WALKS ALONG THE CANAL
If you feel like taking a walk along the canal from Ash Vale towards Woking there are a few options available, both make use of the frequent train service which is available on this section of the canal.
- Ash Vale to Brookwood = 6.5 mile walk (2 to 2.5 hours). Train to or from Brookwood every half hour Adult Fare is around £3.70 Train journey takes 8 minutes.
- Ash Vale to Woking = 11 mile walk (3 to 3.5 hours). Train to or from Woking every half hour Adult Fare is around £5.20 Train journey takes 14 minutes.