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The Barbara McLellan trip boat is based at the wharf in Bradford on Avon, just above the lock. The boat can take 40 passengers seated at tables and has an open bow area where passengers can sit out and enjoy the weather and the views. There is a licensed bar on board, selling tea, coffee, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks plus a small range of bar snacks (crisps, nuts, biscuits, chocolate bars and cakes). There are toilets on board.

We can take a limited number of wheelchairs on board and any passengers with mobility difficulties can use the powered lift to board and leave the boat. However, the on-board toilets are not disabled-friendly.

You may bring your dog on board at the discretion of the skipper who will ask other passengers if they object. If you are refused boarding because of your dog, you will be offered a refund of the ticket price paid. Please note that trips of more than 2 hours are not suitable for dogs.

Trip Booking

Book places by:

  • Using our online ticket site at (also accessible via our public trips page and our special trips page)
  • Phoning the office on 01380 721279, Monday-Friday, 9-5. Tickets for our regular trips are pre-bookable up to the day before the trip. For special trips the booking deadline may be up to a week before the trip.
  • Calling into the tea room adjacent to the boat on the day of the trip only – for regular trips only (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday).

For Charter enquiries please call our Bookings Manager on 07503 445393, email

How to find us

The Barbara McLellan is moored by the Wharf Tea Room, BA15 1LE, just off the Frome Road (B3109).

Car parking is available at the Canal and River Trust car park at the end of Baileys Barn (BA15 1BW) or at the railway station car park.

You can download a map here

The Barbara McLellan is operated by volunteers for the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust. The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust operates three other Trip Boats together with the Bruce Branch boats.

See our FaceBook page here.