The Rose of Hungerford Boat Trip

Canal Walk, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 0EQ
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The Rose of Hungerford
  • The Rose of Hungerford
  • Rose of Hungerford on Kennet and Avon Canal
  • The Rose Of Hungerford
  • Kennet and Avon Canal
  • Kennet and Avon Canal
  • The Rose Of Hungerford leaving Hungerford Wharf
  • The Rose Of Hungerford approaching Dun Mill Lock

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The Rose of Hungerford is a purpose-built 55’ long wide-beamed passenger boat, of traditional design and decoration, owned by the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust.  She is run entirely by fully-trained volunteers so all the funds raised can go to the charity.  The Rose offers regular public trips and private charters along the Kennet and Avon Canal for a maximum of 50 passengers.

The boat has picture windows down both sides and at the front so passengers can enjoy the wonderful views.  These windows slide open when the weather is warm and sunny, but if it is damp or chilly the boat is fully enclosed with full central heating if necessary.

All public trips start and finish at Hungerford Wharf.  Public trips last for 1½ or 2½ hours; the 2½ hour trips go through Dun Mill Lock and Wire Lock and then turn round, and the 1½ hour trips just go through Dun Mill Lock before turning.  With the longer trips it may be possible disembark briefly at Wire Lock, depending on the conditions, in order to enjoy a short walk and watch The Rose going through the lock and turning.  The crew are very happy to demonstrate how the lock works and let passengers help if they would like to.

Dogs are welcome on the Rose subject to the Skipper’s permission on the day, after ensuring there is no objection from other passengers.  This decision has to be made at the last minute and cannot be booked in advance.

There is a fully licensed bar/galley on board serving hot and cold drinks and snacks.  There are also about 6 special Cream Tea Cruises each year when passengers are treated to a delicious cream tea from the Tutti Pole in Hungerford.  These get booked up very quickly!

The Rose also offers Private Charters for a wide range of events.  These can be longer or shorter than the public trips and the crew can alter the internal layout to suit.  From musical events and concerts to poetry recitals and lectures; university reunions to children’s parties; wine tastings to quizzes; the list is long and the boat can fit most requirements.

The Rose also has an electric wheelchair lift to help wheelchair users or people with limited mobility embark and disembark and there is a toilet compartment large enough to accommodate wheelchairs.  The lift is designed to take a Standard Self-Propel Wheelchair, which is 45″ long and 25″ wide.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Rose of Hungerford is based in Canal Walk just off Hungerford High Street (A338), post code RG17 0EQ. There is limited roadside parking in Canal Walk but there are public car parks in Church Street and at the Station, both of which are approximately 5-10 minutes walk away. Canal Walk is a cul-de-sac so coaches need to drop their passengers off at the entrance to Canal Walk and then park on the road leading through nearby Charnham Park Industrial Estate where there is designated coach parking.

Public Transport Directions

Hungerford is accessible by rail (Hungerford train station) and has a number of bus services linking to Marlborough, Newbury and the local area.



  • Catering by in-house Caterers - The on board gallery and licensed bar can serve hot and cold drinks and snacks. The Tutti Pole restaurant provides the delicious cream teas. Private charters can be self-catered or use caterers organised by the hirer; alternatively the Rose can recommend various local options.

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking - Coach drop off point.
  • Off site parking - Pay and display.

Opening Times

* All trips currently suspended until the end of April

PUBLIC TRIPS - For details of dates and times please see tickets.katrust.org.uk.
Tickets can be booked online at the email above, by telephone on 01380 721279, or in person at Fare Wise Travel, 19 High Street, Hungerford, RG17 0NL.

PRIVATE CHARTERS - Please contact 01380 721279 or complete online form at rose.katrust.org.uk.

The season runs from April to October – with special Father Christmas trips in December also available. Please see tickets website for more details tickets.katrust.org.uk

For regular updates and photographs of The Rose and her volunteer crew please see The Rose of Hungerford on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Trip Advisor and Google.


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