The Wey & Arun Canal Trust has three trip boats, although at present only our Wiggonholt boat is operating because of social distancing restrictions.
We are pleased to be able to run limited boat trips on the Wey & Arun Canal at Loxwood. They will be on our electric boat Wiggonholt with the maximum passenger numbers reduced from 48 to a maximum of 14 to allow 2m social distancing. Each trip will be either 35 or 50 minutes duration and will pass through one lock and under a bridge and return. We hope that you will take the opportunity to join us and perhaps take some refreshment in the Onslow Arms next door either before or after a trip.
Bookings should be made online using the links here:
Public trips in 2020 will run every Wednesday & Sunday throughout September and October & November.
Private trips are also available
Because of the pandemic there are a number of points we would wish to draw to your attention. Please read through these and make sure you are happy with the provisions before booking
From Monday 14th September 2020 the 'rule of 6' is in effect - please ensure that your booking meets the requirements:
Mixed households may sit together in one booking but must not exceed 6 people (including all children).
A single household (or support bubble) may exceed 6 people.
As per the government guidelines, you should avoid social interaction with anyone outside the group you are with, even if you see other people you know (note, by group we mean either one household/social bubble or maximum of 6 from mixed households).
Definition of a support bubble from the gov.uk website:
‘A support bubble is a close support network between a household with only one adult in the home (known as a single-adult household) and one other household of any size.
This is called making a ‘support bubble’.
Once you’re in a support bubble, you can think of yourself as being in a single household with people from the other household. It means you can have close contact with that household as if they were members of your own household.
Once you make a support bubble, you should not change who is in your bubble.’
If you need us to make any changes to your booking because of the new restrictions, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- We have undertaken a detailed risk assessment of our operating procedures as a result of the Covid-19 virus and in order to comply with government guidelines and minimise the risk of spreading the infection for both our passengers and crew we are operating with some variation to our normal procedures
Nobody should enter the boat if they are feeling unwell for any reason and particularly if you have (or have had in the last 10 days) any of the published Covid-19 symptoms including raised body temperature, new cough, loss of taste or smell. If you have been advised by the NHS to self-isolate or if you have underlying health conditions which put you at greater risk of Covid-19 infection then you also should not travel on the boat.
We are operating with far few passengers in order to maintain social distancing of 2 metres. The tables and chairs have been arranged so that households (including social bubbles) comprising UP TO 6 persons can sit together and maintain a 2m distance from other passengers and crew. 2 people forming a social bubble will count as a household. 2 households who are socialising together may count as 1 group but should maintain social distancing and not sit face to face.
We ask everyone to book and pay online. There may be a few seats available on the day which can be booked in the canal centre.
The companion way (Entrance) to the boat, window table and chairs will be sanitised before you board.
Face Coverings. All passengers must wear face masks.
Immediately prior to boarding please use the alcohol-based hand sanitiser provided.
Please stay within your household group and maintain a 2 metre distance from other passengers and crew.
Weather permitting the crew will have opened the windows to increase ventilation. The bow doors may remain open but passengers will not be allowed outside to enable social distancing with the crew to be maintained.
An emergency briefing will be given by the skipper before each trip departs together with the precautions needed to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection.
Toilet facilities on the boat should not be used except in emergency. These will be cleaned before each trip. (Note the trip length will be less than 1 hour)
Boarding will be by table row, bow first. Disembarkation will be in reverse order i.e. stern first.
- No food or drink is allowed on board, however you may bring your own water bottle for consumption during the trip. (Note the trip length will be less than 1 hour)
We ask that if anybody becomes unwell in the 14 days after the trip you contact us directly in addition to the national track and trace. Then we can stand our crew down with minimal delay.
The link to Track and Trace is https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk. If our crew become unwell we will contact you directly as well as via track and trace.
The boats cruise along the idyllic Loxwood Link section of the canal on the Surrey/West Sussex border.
Unless otherwise indicated, all boat trips depart from the Canal Centre behind the Onslow Arms in Loxwood RH14 0RD (GPS Coordinates: 51.069881N, 0.514819W, Google Plus Code: "3FCP+45 Loxwood, Billingshurst", What3Words: ///grin.confused.cavalier).
A large car and coach park for canal visitors is available beyond the Onslow Arms car park.
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