Boat Trips

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Dragonfly carries a maximum of 12 passengers 




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Dragonfly trips run on Saturdays and Sundays

Please note new Trip times and charges 10.30, 11.45, 13.30 and 14.45

Watch out for extra days in the school summer holidays.

Adults £5 Children 2years to 15years £2

See Full Schedule


IMGP4268-1000A new landing stage has been  built by the Waitrose Store.Waitrose Landing Stage  and Dragonfly is now boarding there.

Directions to  Waitrose Landing Stage


Both regular weekend and Santa Trips are run by WBCT Volunteers. None of the skippers,crew,admin, helpers or even Santa are paid They give their time to help restore the W&B Canal 


Gifts & Souvenirs of your visit to nb Dragonfly 


Below all the details if you would like to take a trip on the canal,   

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1 hour Trips leaving Waitrose

Saturdays and Sundays See Schedule

As Dragonfly carries a maximum of 12 passengers,
if you would like to secure a trip at a particular date and time
please use the contact form to book by Email
any time before the date you wish to travel.


Or if you would like a longer trip See our Special Charters

Flexible trips to suit everyone;

Hire the boat with Skipper, (1 hour)       £50  per hour

Hire the boat with skipper for half a day £80




 Dragonfly New in 2010 

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The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust is fortunate to have a  trip boat, Dragonfly. This now enables us to offer regular trips to the public and for pre-booked groups. What a great way to see the restored sections of the unique Wilts & Berks Canal!

Dragonfly is of traditional construction, having a steel hull and superstructure. She can carry up to 12 passengers and 2 crew, has plenty of room inside and with heating and a table, is ideal for parties or meetings, even if the weather is poor. When the weather is good there is also plenty of room for passengers outside the cabin. She has a galley with hob, fridge and sinks also there is a toilet on board. The engine has sound reduction for a smooth, quiet experience.

HRH and guests inside DragonflyDragonfly was named by the Trust's patron, The Duchess of Cornwall on 8 Sept 2010 as part of celebrations to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Wilts & Berks Canal.

Dragonfly at New Bridge during the Wichelstowe FestivalThe boat trips have a number of important roles to play for the Trust. They raise awareness of the project and provide local people with a way of enjoying their area from the waterway. Without regular boat traffic the canal will quickly become over grown and become neglected.

In addition the boat trips hope to generate new members as well as funds for the Trust.



The Trust has two other smaller boats, which are used for events. Both these boats can be trailed to other restored sections, where it would be difficult to crane in Dragonfly. These 2 smaller boats are located in Melksham and maintained by MCC Branch.