Savanna narrowboat holidays and canal boat hire

Cruising Area and Places to Visit on the way

The River Wey was first made navigable for canal boats in 1653 and with the later addition of the Godalming Navigation in 1764, links Godalming with the River Thames. The navigation is now owned by the National Trust, who describe it as a “tranquil waterway running for nearly 20 miles through the heart of Surrey”.

River Wey cruising areas for canal boat holidays on narrowboat Savanna

At a relaxed pace the Royal River Thames is just over a day’s canal boating away from Guildford and Savanna is licensed to cruise the Thames from Easter to December each year. Together, the Thames and Wey give you over 140 miles of navigation to explore – more than enough for a week’s holiday. However, if you want to venture further then both the Kennet & Avon and Grand Union canals are easily reachable, albeit additional licences will be required for these.

River Wey cruising areas for canal boat holidays on narrowboat Savanna

If during your holiday you fancy a break from boating, then why not stop at one of the many country pubs you will find on the way, or maybe visit one of the attractions or places of interest described below – all of which are within easy reach of your boat.

Cruising area


River Wey & Godalming Navigations
The Royal River Thames
Basingstoke Canal
Grand Union Canal
Kennet & Avon Canal

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Suggested Routes

3 or 4 day Short Breaks

Cruise the length of the River Wey and Godalming Navigations, passing through its 16 picturesque locks as well as villages such as Send, Pyford, Ripley and Godalming. Places to visit enroute within easy reach of the river include the world famous RHS Wisley Gardens, Shalford Mill, Newark Priory or the National Trust Visitor Centre at Dapdune Wharf - which reveals the history of the waterway and shows both how the barge boats were built and how the bargemen and their families lived.

River Thames cruising areas for canal boat holidays on narrowboat Savanna

For those with more energy The Spectrum Centre at Parkway has swimming, ice skating and ten-pin bowling facilities.

One week Cruise

Pass through the Thames Lock at Weybridge and start to explore the Royal River Thames. A popular place to visit is Thorpe Park, a family theme park with attractions to suit all ages. Historic attractions en route include Hampton Court Place with its famous maze and the town of Windsor with its Castle and Eton college. From Windsor there is also easy access to Legoland with its model villages and rides for the whole family.

Holiday cruise to Thorpe Park

10/11 day Cruise

Venture further along the Thames to Henley, home of the famous Regatta. Or, with an additional license, cruise down the Basingstoke Canal. This 32 mile canal dates back to the 1790s and was used to link both Basingstoke and Aldershot to the canal network. There are 6 attractive locks with lock keepers cottages to slowly climb or descend through on your journey along this beautiful waterway.

River Thames cruising areas for canal boat holidays on narrowboat Savanna

Two week Cruise

Go via Reading on the Royal River Thames and thereafter either branch off onto the lovely Kennet & Avon Canal to Newbury, or carry on along the Oxford Canal as far as the historic university city of Oxford.

Links To Places Of Interest

Dapdune Wharf

Hampton Court Palace



Newark Priory

RHS Wisley Gardens

Shalford Mill

Spectrum Centre

Thorpe Park

Windsor Castle