(Child fares apply for children aged 1 - 12 on Special Cruises)
* Please note that we can only cater for vegetarians on the evening trips and gluten free passengers on the Cream Tea and Mothering Sunday trips. We are unable to cater for any other specific dietary requirements.*
PLEASE NOTE THAT BOOKINGS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
Whilst most people welcome the current sunny, dry spell it has repercussions for our boat operations.
Each year the Environment Agency (EA) allows us to abstract water from the Rivers Lox and Arun to keep the levels of the Wey and Arun Canal operable for boat navigation. Sadly, but understandably, the EA has rescinded permission to abstract water from these rivers to prevent any environmental impact on the bio-diversity of those rivers should their levels be further reduced by our abstraction.
Also, due to a not untypical outbreak of algae which is having a serious effect on the fish life in the Wey and Arun Canal the EA has asked us to completely close some sections. We have managed to keep all but a few public trips running by re-routing, or curtailing the duration of the trip during July.
UPDATE ON 21ST AUGUST
Due to ongoing water shortages and a weather forecast for the next week showing little in the way of significant rain, the Trust is very reluctantly announcing a further extension to the closure of the canal for boat trips, up to and including the 14th September. We hope to resume normal operations from 15th September.
UPDATE ON 24TH JULY:
Having reviewed the water level situation as of Monday 23 July, we regret to inform you that we have had to bring forward the date of suspension of all our trips to Friday 27 July. We are truly sorry to disappoint and hope you will understand that this decision was not taken lightly but made to protect the environment and the infrastructure from damage that might be cause by continuing to run the boat trips.
UPDATE ON 19TH JULY:
STATEMENT RE CESSATION OF BOAT OPERATIONS
· The current weather conditions and dry spell have already had repercussions for our boat operations. Sadly, having assessed the potential impact to the wildlife and environment of the Canal if we continue boat trips, we have concluded that we have no choice but to cease boat operations beginning Sunday 5 August until Saturday 1st September. We are sorry to cause disappointment to our customers.
· The Environment Agency has already asked us to close a large stretch of our navigable water because of the impact on fish life, and have informed us that we can no longer extract water from nearby rivers for fear of damage to the bio-diversity of those watercourses.
· Our office team is contacting everyone who has booked a public trip or special event between those dates, all charterers are being contacted, and our web pages will be blocked for public trip bookings during this period.
· With the continuing forecast for dry weather we cannot predict when we might re-commence boat trips. We will be reviewing the situation on a weekly basis and any changes will be shown on our website.
· Once again, we are truly sorry for this inconvenience and hope you will understand our need to take seriously our responsibility to the environment.