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General Information

STOP PRESS: We are delighted to be able to offer enjoyable 1-hour Christmas Special canal trips, at 1130am or 2pm daily from 19 December to 24 December, on board our fully “Covid secure” canal trip boat. Plus an extra trip on Saturday 19 and Wednesday 23 at 6pm.

While Santa will not be able to come on board this year (for “Elf reasons”!), our boat will be decorated in Christmassy lights with seasonal music, all adults will receive a glass of mulled wine and a delicious mince pie, children will be served fruit juice and a mince pie and children will receive a small Christmas Gift Bag.

For more details about our Christmas Special canal trips or to make a booking, please click HERE.

The Barbara McLellan trip boat is based at the wharf in Bradford on Avon, just above the lock. The boat can normally take 40 passengers seated at tables and has an open bow area where passengers can sit out and enjoy the weather and the views. However, during the Covid situation we have reduced the capacity and closed off the bow area to passengers. There is a licensed bar on board (selling wine, prosecco, craft beer, cider, Pimms, Gin & Tonic and a selection of soft drinks) and we serve tea and coffee (including decaffeinated), plus latte and cappuccino and a small range of bar snacks. On public trips we offer delicious homemade cakes and slices – a favourite for many passengers! We are currently operating a table service only.

Normally, 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. At pesent, however, the lift is not in operation and hence all passengers must be able to enter and leave the boat using steps, unaided by crew.

There is a toilet on board. We regret that it is not disabled-friendly, but there are disabled toilet facilities beside the boat on the wharf.

We aim to depart on time, so please arrive 20 minutes before the time shown ready for boarding. Canal traffic and particularly lock traffic is unpredictable so durations and return times are approximate. Dogs are not permitted on board, except Registered Assistance Dogs.

Trip Booking

We have an exciting range of Regular and Themed canal trips, as shown in this calendar…

Barbara McLellan 2020 canal trips
Barbara McLellan 2020 canal trips

Book places by:

  • Using our online ticket site at (also accessible via our regular trips page our themed trips page and our specials board page)
  • Phoning the office on 01380 721279, Monday-Friday, 9-4:30. Tickets for our regular trips are pre-bookable up to the day before the trip. For themed trips the booking deadline may be up to a week before the trip.
  • Calling into the Canal Trust Cafe adjacent to the boat on the day of the trip only – for regular trips only.

For Charter enquiries please call our office on 01380 721279 or email

How to find the Barbara McLellan

The Barbara McLellan is moored by Bradford Lock and the Canal Trust Cafe, BA15 1LE, just off the Frome Road (B3109).

Car parking is available just 2 minutes walk away 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 four other Trip Boats together with the Bruce Branch boats and Crofton Beam Engines.

See our FaceBook page here.

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