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Zachariah Keppel is accessed via a few narrow steep steps and, although help will be on hand, passengers with very limited mobility will board at their own risk
Zachariah Keppel


Josias Jessop

Public Trips (click for details)

The Loxwood Canal Centre has reopened and public boat trips will re-start on Wednesday, 19th May 2021*

  • Subject to no changes to the lifting of Covid restrictions by the Government. At present the guidelines are that from 19th May there will still be the need for social distancing and masks must be worn inside. This will mean that we can only accept 6 passengers or 2 households on each boat. Please make sure your booking meets Government guidelines which will operate from 17th May 2021.

  • These restrictions may change from the 21st June when we will update the information on this website when known.

  • We are operating with far fewer passengers in order to maintain social distancing of 2 metres.

*Subject to there being no change to present Government restrictions.


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

  • Please ensure that your booking meets the requirements:

    Only ONE household may sit together in one booking.

    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.

    If you need us to make any changes to your booking because of the new restrictions, please let us know by emailing

  • 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 comprising UP TO 6 persons can sit together and maintain a 2m distance from other passengers and crew.

  • 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.

  • Before boarding we will ask that one member of your group provides their name and contact details should we need to contact you after the trip under the NHS track and trace system. These details will be held securely and subject to our privacy policy for a minimum of 21 days and a maximum of 30 days and then destroyed. They will not be used for any marketing purposes or passed to any 3rd party unless we are required to do so under the Government/NHS track and trace policy. We ask that if anybody becomes unwell in the 14 days after the trip you contact us so that we can implement track and trace and if our crew become unwell we will contact you.

  • Face Coverings. Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times on the boat (except those who have doctor's permission for medical reasons not to wear one). The mask can be removed only while eating and drinking, then they need to be put back in place. Children under 11 are exempt from wearing a mask.

  • 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 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.

    Phone: 01483 505566

    Informative maps of the Trip Boat destinations:-
       Loxwood to Brewhurst     Loxwood to Drungewick     Loxwood to Southland    
    These maps may be printed on A4 paper and taken with you on your trip.