‘They could not have been more friendly and helpful and seem to really want boats to visit’
Technical Consultant MANY PEOPLE WILL now be thinking about the summer cruise so this month I am going to say something different – the Basingstoke Canal Authority seemed to have got itself a name for being a bit anti-boater in the past but my experience last year showed that to be a totally wrong impression.
They could not have been more friendly and helpful and seem to really want boats to visit, so if you plan to visit the Thames, I’d urge you to include the Wey and the ‘Baisy’. It’s a bit like a widebeam Shroppie with impressive engineering, but it has always suffered water problems so it is only sensible to require booked lock passages. This allows the rangers to caulk the gates after use.
Plan your visit in spring or early summer, book by phone with the Authority and bring your BSS, insurance certificate and licence fee to the first lock. Then enjoy a quiet canal plus the shopping and entertainment at Woking.