Boat trips on New Horizons
We plan to resume short trips on Sundays and Bank Holidays in 2022, starting on Good Friday until the last Sunday in October. Longer booked trips are also available. We resumed short trips at Easter and plan to operate normally during the 2022 season. If it is necessary to restrict boat trips again because of Covid this site will be updated.
These trips take about 30 minutes run from Melbourne Arm on Sundays and Bank Holidays, from the start of April until the end of October. Trips start at 12 noon and the last trip is around 4.15 pm. There is no timetable for our short trips and unlike group trips, they cannot be booked. .
The maximum number of passengers we carry is 12 at a time (including children and babies), but we can run lots of short trips on a Sunday.
Older children may be allowed to steer the boat, under supervision of course. It's easy - just push the tiller to the left and the boat goes to the right!
We will carry up to two well controlled dogs on short trips, provided that no-one already on the boat objects.
How much does it cost?
We do not have fixed charges for short trips but encourage generous donations to cover the costs of licensing, insuring and maintaining our trip boat and help support the restoration of the canal. There is a donations bucket on the boat.
At present we prefer cash donations, but we are experimenting with a card reader. You can make a donation via our online shop by clicking the Donate button below and selecting Donations. You can choose the amount to donate. Thanks to everyone who has already donated in this way. We hope to be able to accept donations by card and phone on the boat soon.
Trips lasting from 1 – 7 hours can be arranged for parties with a maximum of twelve passengers including children and babies. We will provide tea and coffee during the trip and you are welcome to bring food and drink.
These longer trips can be arranged for any day of the week except Sundays and Bank Holidays. Our most popular trip is to Gardham Lock, where there are picnic tables, or you could eat on the boat. There are various other options, depending on how long you would like to spend on the canal. For example, your party could explore the full navigable length of the canal, from Melbourne Arm to East Cottingwith or head in the other direction where there are two recently restored locks.
Every year, we have groups celebrating birthdays with a trip on New Horizons and you are welcome to decorate the boat with balloons etc. There are family events, office outings and many other reasons for booking a boat trip. Or you might be interested in having a meal at the Melbourne Arms (which you pass on the way to the boat) or one of the other local pubs at the end of your trip. Passengers are normally welcome to steer the boat. In view of the Covid situation this will depend on the skipper and crew on the day.
How much does it cost?
PCAS is a charity and we welcome donations towards our work and running of the boat, but we have no fixed charges. Our Bookings Manager, Steve Ashby, will give you an indication of how much we have received from other groups for a similar trip.
Contact Steve if you would like more information or to make a booking. Please book early because it takes time to arrange a crew for your trip.
HOW TO FIND NEW HORIZONS
Find the Melbourne Arms pub in Melbourne. Typing YO42 4QJ into your SatNav will take you there and the OS Grid Reference is SE 752 443. If you use What3words, score.racing.poetry will take you to the landing stage where our boat trips start from. There are maps of the canal on this website.
Please park considerately in the village and walk down the lane beside the pub to Melbourne Arm. On Sunday afternoons and Bank Holidays the boat may be moored alongside the footpath or away on a trip and will be back soon. Our sign shows where to wait for the next trip. Normally we start at noon and the last trip is around 4.15. Please remember that we only run short trips on Sunday and Bank Holiday afternoons and that all other trips must be booked in advance. If you have booked a trip, the boat should be moored alongside the footpath shortly before the arranged starting time.
1. We do not take bookings for Sundays or Bank Holidays because these days are reserved for short trips.
2. Our licence and insurance do not allow us to carry more than 12 passengers including children and babies. Larger groups can be accommodated by running two consecutive trips or having some passengers walking and some on the boat, swapping over during the journey. Our Bookings Manager will be happy to discuss the possibilities.
3. We do not offer boat hire, since our insurance covers only crewed boat trips.
4. We are not a commercial service and may have to cancel a trip if one of our volunteer crew is unavailable (because of illness or other good reason), mechanical failure, very poor weather conditions, flooding, or any reason that would make it difficult to operate the boat safely. This does not happen very often!
5. Our skippers in charge of trips have had appropriate training including first aid. Our trip boat has a current Canal & River Trust licence, insurance and a Boat Safety Certificate. Copies of these and other relevant documents are kept on board and you are welcome to inspect them. We can supply details of insurance in advance if your organisation needs this, for example if you are planning a school outing.