The Basingstoke Canal Society


Activities & Wellbeing:
The Basingstoke Canal Society understands the importance of environmental wellbeing. Their website has information and links to some of the activities and places along the canal which people can enjoy and improve their health including walking routes, paddle trails, camp sites, sporting activities, childrens’ activities and places to explore. The Society is also focused on supporting the community and aims to encourage the public to use and respect the canal, whilst also maintaining and educating on the canal so it is a comfortable place to spend time.

Boat trips:
The Basingstoke Canal Society provides pleasure trips on the Basingstoke Canal and all proceeds go directly to safeguarding the Basingstoke Canal for the future. The John Pinkerton II operates from Odiham, hosting up to 50 guests and the Kitty, operates from Woking, hosting up to 12 guests. The trip season is from March to October every year. For more information, please see leaflets available from their website.

Supporting the Society:
You can get involved with supporting the Society in a number of ways: become a member or friend of the Basingstoke Canal Society, volunteer for one of the work parties maintaining the Canal's infrastructure, become a volunteer Lengthsman responsible for keeping an eye on a stretch of the 32-mile long canal, or join the volunteer boating crew.

Member benefits:
• contribute to the upkeep of the canal and support the work of the Society.
• receive a quarterly newsletter highlighting the activities of the Society
• may attend the free monthly trips on John Pinkerton II trip boat.
• can receive discounted tickets on society trip boats.
• can attend Member only Social events.
• can access member only section of the web site.
• may volunteer to help to the society.
For membership enquiries please email:

Friend benefits:
It is Free and easy to join via their online form
• Every two months you’ll receive their Bulletin
• Information and updates of what’s happening along the 30+ miles of the canal
• Other occasional circulations of interest
• No commitment – you can unsubscribe at any time.

A list of current volunteer roles are available via their website.

Please see their website for up to date information about their Fundraising projects.

About The Basingstoke Canal Society

The Basingstoke Canal Society has been promoting and campaigning for the sustainable future of the Canal as a navigation and public amenity since 1966. Through the John Pinkerton Canal Cruises operation, it raises money which is used to fund maintenance and improvement works undertaken. The Society has clear plans to keep the canal alive. The Society has strengthened how it organises itself, and continues to build their team of volunteers which now stands at over 250 enthusiasts and is expanding.

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User Cost/Charge Information
Friend: Free to join

Membership fees:
Adult (annual): £15
Household (Annual) £20
Under 18s: Free
Group (Annual): £30
Life membership: £200

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The Basingstoke Canal Society

07305 340547



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