Boat trips from Dapdune Wharf

Electric launch returning from Guildford
Enjoy a boat trip into Guildford on Dapdune Belle National Trust

Boat trips run from Dapdune Wharf from Thursday to Monday during our open season and all week in August. The trips take about 40 minutes, with the first trip leaving at 11.15, and then roughly on the hour throughout the day after that.

Our electric launches

We have three electric launches, Dapdune Belle, Sir Richard Weston and Seewey and being electric, they are very quiet.  The volunteer skippers have an interesting tale to tell - all about the history of the area you will be passing through on your trip. In summer, the damselflies dart in and out of the boat, shining emerald and blue.

The route

Most trips head towards Guildford, passing what used to be the manufacturing quarter, with the Electric Theatre - the former electricity works for Guildford until 1868, and the site of Moon's timber yard - now Debenhams. Sometimes our volunteer skippers decide they need a change and head downstream towards Stoke lock, passing lovely bankside vegetation and offering you a completely different view of Guildford.


Trips can only be booked at the ticket hut on the day and are not available for advanced booking. When the river is in flood, we're unable to operate the boat.  As the boats take a maximum of 12 passengers, on busy days they get booked up very quickly, so there are times when there may only be seats for the last boat left.

Information for boaters

Read up on our guidance for boat users before heading off on a trip down the river.