Guildford & River Wey Cruise inc. Cream Tea

Guildford & River Wey Cruise inc. Cream Tea

Enjoy some free time in Guildford before we head to Godalming Wharf, where we join Godalming Packetboat Company for a horse drawn cruise on the River Wey.

Enjoy some free time in Guildford before we head to Godalming Wharf, where we join Godalming Packetboat Company for a horse drawn cruise on the River Wey.


Come and join us aboard Iona the perfect way to cruise the National Trust’s unspoilt River Wey & Godalming Navigations. Iona will be pulled by one of their heavy horses along both natural river and a canal section and through one of the oldest boat locks in the country.Travel quietly in the time honoured way as generations of river boatmen have throughout history.


Vintage packet boat Iona began life as the Bellerophon, a cargo carrying narrowboat. She was built in 1935 at Woolwich on the Thames by Harland and Wolff for the Grand Union Carrying Company. At 70ft long and 7ft wide, she is the maximum size for boats navigating the inland canal network and could carry up to 35 tons of cargo.


She was worked as one of a pair of boats - the unpowered "butty" towed behind a motor boat - trading for most of her life between London and the Midlands. She carried coal south from pits in Warwickshire and Leicestershire, returning north with imported goods: wheat, steel, lime juice and timber.


In 1960 she featured in the film The Bargee starring alongside Ronnie Barker and Harry H Corbett. A few years later she was retired and converted to passenger carrying on the Shropshire Union Canal, pulled by a horse in the old-fashioned way. In 1984 the business was sold to the present owners and Iona travelled south to her new base at Godalming, at present the most southerly point of the whole British waterway system. Iona is also on the National Historic Ships register.


  • A cream tea will be served on board.


Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Boating Lake Bus stop by Boating Lake
Bulverhythe Westbound Bus stop by Chip Shop bottom of Harley Shute
Bulverhythe (Westbound)
Church St Northbound Bus stop Church Street, (A2270) Northbound
Eastbourne Pier Bus stop Eastbourne Pier
Fishermens Club Bus stop Fishermen's Club
Glyne Gap Westbound Bus stop opposite Glyne Gap Garage
Bexhill (Westbound)
Hailsham High Street Bus stop Hailsham High Street
in front of Waitrose
Hastings Westbound Bus stop Pelham Place car park, Hastings Westbound
before Breeds Place roundabout
Langney Langney Footbridge bus stop, near petrol station
Lifeboat Museum Bus stop by Lifeboat Museum, Grand Parade
Little Common Westbound By the Wheatsheaf Public House
Little Common
Martello PH Bus stop by Martello Public House
Opp Stables Theatre Bus stop adjacent to Market Cross
just before (opp) Stables Theatre, Old London Road
Opp Waitrose Old Town Bus stop opposite Waitrose/Lamb Inn, Eastbourne
Pevensey Westbound Opposite Smugglers Public House
Pevensey (Westbound)
Polegate A2270 Northbound Bus stop opposite church, at crossroads
Polegate (A2270) Northbound
Princes Rd jctn Beatty Rd Bus stop Princes Rd before Beatty Rd junction
Princes Road Westbound Bus stop Princes Rd before Ramsay Way junction
Sainsburys Victoria Drive Sainsburys, Victoria Drive, Eastbourne
St Leonards Westbound Bus stop seafront, opp Warrior Square Memorial
St Leonards (Westbound)
Tesco Express, Ore Bus stop by Tesco Express, Old London Road
Ore, Hastings
The Ridge towards Ore Bus stop adjacent to St Helenswood Leisure Centre
The Ridge, Hastings
Town Hall Square, Bexhill Bus stop by the Town Hall, Town Hall Square
Westham Westbound By Westham Church
Westham (Westbound)
Willingdon Triangle Bus stop in Willingdon Triangle
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