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Enjoyable canal cruises

The impressive 65 foot Barbara McLellan trip boat is based at the wharf in Bradford on Avon, just above Bradford Lock. We offer a wide range of canal trips, some longer some shorter (especially suitable for children), some with catering such as a Fish & Chips trip or Full Afternoon Tea, and some trips are themed such as Pirates, I Spy or Santa trips.

Our well-stocked licensed bar can be enjoyed on all our trips. On offer are wine, prosecco, beer, lager, cider, Pimms, Gin & Tonic and a selection of soft drinks. We also serve tea and coffee (including decaffeinated), plus latte, cappuccino and herbal infusions, plus a small range of bar snacks. On public trips we offer delicious homemade cakes and slices – a favourite for many passengers! Payment for refreshments should, ideally, be made by contactless payment card.

To see our canal trip brochure, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

All our trips are subject to Government rules and are fully compliant with “Covid Secure” guidelines. To protect all our passengers and boat crew and, acknowledging the wave nature of coronavirus, our Covid procedures will be appropriate to the situation at the time of each trip.  These will definitely include rigorous cleaning protocols, and may include reducing the number of passengers per trip, wearing of facemasks, and limiting movement around the boat. Your skipper will brief you fully at the beginning of your trip. We hope you understand what we trying to achieve, namely a safe environment for our passengers and crew.

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.

While there is a small toilet on board, there are disabled toilet facilities beside the boat on the wharf.

We aim to depart on time, so please be ready for boarding 15-20 minutes before the trip departure time. 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

All bookings are split into tables of up to 4 people (to ensure social distancing from other passsengers).  If you want to book more than 4 places, please make two or more bookings (e.g. for 7 people, book one table for 4 people and one table for 3 people). Your table(s) will be just for your group – no one else will sit with you.

You can book places by:

  • Using our online ticket site at tickets.katrust.org.uk/bmac (also accessible via our regular trips page our themed trips page and our specials board page). Online bookings can be made for Regular Trips right up to up to midnight on the day before departure.
  • 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. If you get our ansafone, please leave a message and we’ll call you back.
  • If there are still places available on the day for our Regular Trips, you can buy them on the spot. Come to the Canal Trust Café (on the canal wharf right beside the Barbara McLellan) on the day of the trip. If the café is closed, please come to the boat – our crew arrive 1 hour before each trip’s scheduled departure time.

For Charter enquiries please call our office on 01380 721279 or email barbaramac@katrust.org.uk

For our trip booking Terms and Conditions please see here.

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).

Pay & Display car parking is available immediately beside the canal at the Canal and River Trust car park at the end of Baileys Barn (BA15 1BW), or at the railway station car park which is a 10 minute walk away.

You can download a map here

The Barbara McLellan, based in Bradford on Avon, is operated by volunteers and owned by the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust. The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust operates three other Trip Boats (in Newbury, Hungerford and Devizes) together with the Bruce Branch boats at Great Bedwyn (wheelchair-friendly Wide Beam Canal Boats for holiday hire, days out or training) and the Crofton Beam Engines (steam-driven pumping station built in 1807-9 to supply water to the summit of the Kennet & Avon Canal).

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