Basingstoke Canal


Whether you have your own boat, want to hire a boat, or just take a boat trip along the canal on one of the many narrowboat cruises, the Basingstoke Canal lets you discover 32 miles of the beautiful Surrey and Hampshire countryside.

Canal boats

There are 29 locks, raising the canal 195ft through a 17 mile stretch. The Deepcut flight in particular offers a beautiful setting for climbing the 14 locks. After the final lock at Ash there is a 15 mile expanse of canal to cruise that is worth the climb as it passes through the rural delights of north east Hampshire.

If you are bringing your boat onto the canal, you will first need to travel down a short section of the River Wey. A transit licence will need to be purchased from Lock 1 on the River Wey (Thames Lock) to cover this section of navigation. Alternatively you could use one of our slipways if your boat is suitable.

All craft using the Basingstoke Canal require a licence, issued by the Basingstoke Canal Authority.