The Basingstoke Canal Society
As part of the Heritage Open Day celebrations The Basingstoke Canal Society will run public trips from Town Quay, Woking - situated next to the The Lightbox gallery - along the canal towards Horsell Common, on the 12-seater narrowboat ‘Kitty’.
Built in 1987, Egremont - as she was then known - resided for a time on the Regent’s Canal in Islington, until she was acquired by The Chichester Ship Canal Trust. They extended the rear deck backwards to facilitate wheelchair access, and installed a hydraulic platform to enable manual wheelchairs to access the main cabin.
In early 2016, the boat was purchased by the Basingstoke Canal Society. Following a refurbishment and repaint, she was renamed during a champagne launch at the Woking Canal Festival, by Liz Dodwell, Society co-president. Her new name of Kitty was chosen in memory of the last horse employed to pull barges in the 1950s, when the canal was managed by Joan Marshall, Liz Dodwell’s mother.
Event Details: Seats on the trip must be booked via the Lightbox on 01483 737800.
Date: Saturday 8 September and Saturday 15 September
Time: 10:30am and 2:30pm
Address: Town Quay, Brewery Road, GU21 4ND
Directions: From Woking Town Centre’s Jubilee Square, walk along Gloucester Walk past the library, and cross the road (A320) at the traffic lights.
Facilities: Toilets are available at the Lightbox , and parking is available at Brewery Road, underneath the WWF building. Refreshments are also available at the Lightbox, though guests may bring their own food and drink on board.
Accessibility: Kitty is accessible by ramp and hydaulic lift for up to two manual wheelchair users to acess the main cabin, and must be accompanied by a carer. Each wheelchair counts as two passengers. We also accept working guide/therapy dogs.