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Matilda at Reading

Matilda is a small traditional style narrowboat seating for up to 12 passengers operating from Star Lane Wharf in Reading (Queen’s Road car park). Matilda has half open deck and half covered. It is crewed by volunteers of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust.

Trip Booking


We are starting our public trips from the late May Bank Holiday weekend. However, restrictions will continue to limit the numbers of passengers that can be carried. So to start, we will be taking bookings for up to 2 groups of 4 people in line with Government guidelines. We will aim to increase capacity as and when lockdown measures ease further and it is safe to do so.

Our public trips will be on Saturdays and Sundays and last for 45 minutes.

Private charter trips may be available in due course.

Book places by:

·  By using our online booking process 

·  The Devizes office is closed, if you wish to make a trip enquiry please email and include a contact phone number

All tickets should be booked in advance. Check ticket availability on this website

How to find us

Matilda operates from the Start Lane Wharf in Reading (RG1 4AR). Public car parking is available in the Queen’s Road car park.

Matilda is operated by volunteers for the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust. The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust operates four other Trip Boats. For further information about these, please go to K&A Trust website and follow the links. Kennet and Avon Canal Trust 

Covid Security

All our trips will be COVID-secure in compliance with the Government’s guidance on managing the risks. We have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and shared the results with our crew, who have received appropriate training. We have cleaning and hygiene procedures and social distancing measures in place.

We ask that you do not come to the boat if you, or anyone in your group or household, has Covid symptoms. Please wear a face covering when inside the cabin and use the hand gel provided when boarding and after using the toilet. All passengers must be able to board and exit the boat via the steps unaided by the crew, who will however be on hand to demonstrate and advise if needed.

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