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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 the 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 (our well-stocked bar can be enjoyed on all our trips), and some trips are themed such as Pirates, I Spy or Santa trips.

To see our 12-page 2021 canal trip brochure, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

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, to protect all our passengers and boat crew, we are still implementing a number of COVID-safe protocols.  For example, we are limiting bookings to 5 tables each of up to 4 people (half our pre-COVID capacity), you will need a face mask for boarding, and bar payments should ideally be made by contactless payment card.  We are also still asking passengers to remain seated, except when going out (one table at a time and under direction from crew) onto the bow area, rather than walking around the boat. The crew may impose additional restrictions on the day if necessary. We apologise for the inconvenience and hope you understand what we trying to achieve, namely a safe environment for our passengers and crew.

There is a well-stocked licensed bar on board (selling wine, prosecco, beer, lager, 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 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.

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 15-20 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 planned for 2021 – all subject to Government rules and all fully compliant with Covid Secure guidelines.

For 2021, 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 (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. Since the office is not regularly staffed at present, please leave a message or email us with your phone number and we’ll call you back.
  • If there are still places available on our Regular Trips (Wednesday/Saturday/Sunday @ 2pm), you can buy them on the spot. Come to the Canal Trust Cafe (on the canal wharf right beside the Barbara McLellan) on the day of the trip but no later than 1 hour before its scheduled departure time.

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.

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