Somerset Waterways Trips


Well you can on our trip boat! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the shops and chill out on our boat, you’ll feel so much better for it.    LICENSED TO CARRY 5 PERSONS.
All trips will start from the pontoon outside the Brewhouse Theatre.  The trip will take you to French Weir Park and back and last approximately 30 mins. 
Trips start from 10am and run until 4pm. Continue reading Somerset Waterways Trips

Somerset Waterways News

On Wednesday 26 November the Somerset Waterways Development Trust won the £48,000 funding for the River Tone Community Trip Boat.  Trust members would like to thank the people of Somerset and beyond, the BIG Lottery, Somerset County Council, Project Taunton and ITV West region for supporting this project.
We are always on the lookout for grant funding for your projects, and have put in a number of bids to improve or replace the boats we have available. Our latest bid to the big lottery People’s Millions Competition has been successful and we hope, with your support we can achieve more in the future.

The River Tone Community Trip Boat was one of two projects in the ITV West region that appeared on the 6.00pm ITN Local News programme on 25 November 2008. Our project received the most votes and we have been awarded £48,000. Continue reading Somerset Waterways News

Somerset Waterways Water

Bridgwater & Taunton Canal

Total length 14_ miles

Acts of Parliament 1811, 1824, 1837
Completed 1827 to Huntworth
1841 to Bridgwater Dock

Planned as the Bristol to Taunton canal the less ambitious scheme from Bridgwater was approved in 1824 and the canal was completed from the River Parrett at Huntworth to Firepool, Taunton in 1827. After extensive wrangling with the Conservators of the River Tone over water supply and lost revenue, the canal company purchased the rights to navigation on the river connection was made through Firepool lock. Links were made, in 1838 and 1842 to the Grand Western Canal at Firepool and the Chard Canal at Creech St Michael but imminent arrival of the Bristol and Exeter Railway foretold a threat to the important South Wales coal trade on the canal and prompted the canal company to apply to Parliament to extend the canal to the north of Bridgwater and build a floating harbour and dock with connection to the River Parrett. This action secured the supply of South Wales coal avoided the “Sea Carried” tax which required navigating across the Bristol Channel south of Holm Islands and, for a while kept Forest of Dean and South Gloucestershire coal out of the County. Competition from the railway eventually led to the proprietors agreeing to see the canal and docks to the Bristol and Exeter Railway and in 1907 the last recorded cargo passed from Bridgwater dock to a wharf in North Town, Taunton. Continue reading Somerset Waterways Water