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In addition to our scheduled public trips, we also charter the Barbara McLellan for private functions.

If you are planning a party, celebration, reunion, hen night, stag night or even wedding reception, a trip on the Barbara McLellan could be just the venue for you. We can plan the trip for up to 40 20 due to the Coronavirus situation – people around your needs with trip duration from an hour upwards. If you wish to decorate the boat, you can discuss your needs with us and we will try to accommodate them.

We can run a charter at any time when the boat has not already been booked and it is not due to be used for a public trip. We also need an hour between trips to ensure that the boat is fully prepared and cleaned between bookings. We are based in a residential area and try to be considerate to our neighbours, so we need to be back at the wharf by 10pm.

The timings shown below are approximate and dependent upon canal and lock traffic.

We do not allow dogs on board, except for Registered Assistance dogs.

Due to the Coronavirus situation we are taking extra steps to keep passengers and crew safe – hence some items have been struck through on this page. You will not be able to access the outside bow area during your trip (due to social distancing issues). All passengers must be able to board and exit the boat via steps unaided by the crew – the lift will not be in operation. Passengers must remain seated except to go to the toilet or the bar. Only one person at the bar at a time. When moving about the boat for either reason, you MUST wear a face covering. 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.

See a map of the location here.

The nearest car park is just 50 metres away from the Barbara McLellan, at the end of Baileys Barn, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1BX. A Pay-and-Display carpark, there are lots of spaces for cars, and two dedicated spaces for coaches.

Charter Routes

Shorter Routes


One of our shorter trips, we go east, passing Widbrook Marina, to the winding hole (turning place) and return. There is plenty of interesting countryside and wildlife to enjoy on the way.
Duration: around 1 1/2 hour. Cost £180just £90 for the rest of 2020

Meadows Bridge

This short but pleasing trip travels down through the lock, past the Tithe Barn and Meadows Bridge allowing great views of Bradford on Avon.
Duration: around 1 1/2 hour. Cost £180just £90 for the rest of 2020

Popular Routes

Avoncliff Aqueduct

Through Bradford on Avon lock and west to cross the dramatic Avoncliff Aqueduct, this trip offers spectacular views of the town and across the valley and plenty of wildlife for the keen eyed.
Duration: around 2-2 1/2 hours. Cost £250just £125 for the rest of 2020


We travel east, past Widbrook, to Hilperton, turning at the Hilperton/Staverton Marina. The boat takes you through interesting and peaceful countryside.
Duration: around 2 1/2 hours. Cost £250 – just £125 for the rest of 2020

Longer Routes

Sorry! We are NOT running any of the longer routes for the rest of 2020.

Widbrook and Avoncliff

This trip has the bonus of enabling passengers to see the canal both east and west of Bradford on Avon and the different pleasures each direction offers.
Duration: around 4 hours. Cost £420 Cancelled

Dundas Aqueduct

This trip makes its way through the Limpley Stoke Valley and continues to Dundas Aqueduct, where there is usually time to get off the boat for a short while to view the scenery.
Duration: around 4 1/2 hours. Cost £450

Bath Day Trip

Walk over two magnificent aqueducts at Avoncliff and Dundas on the way through tranquil scenery for this outing to the outskirts of Bath, where we can moor the boat for a short period to suit your trip.

Note that there is not sufficient time to visit Bath city centre on 2-way trips.

Discuss all the options with our Bookings Manager.
Duration: around 9 hours. Cost £700 Cancelled
Or just one way: Cost £600 Cancelled

Catering and Music

The boat is licensed for the sale of alcohol and we also stock cold drinks, hot drinks and a selection of bar snacks. Payment can be taken in cash or by card. For all charters in 2020 we unfortunately cannot accomodate buffet style catering but you are welcome to bring on board individually packaged ‘picnic’ bags.

For charter trips, we charge a £8 per bottle corkage charge on any wine brought on board. Other alcoholic drinks are not permitted to be brought on board.

We are licensed to play music on board so please bring your CDs or your music player. We ask that you keep the volume to a reasonable level.

Educational Charters

If you are booking on behalf of a school or youth organisation, we can offer you a discount of 50%.

Complimentary Trips

We offer a small number of complimentary charters from our Popular Routes options to charities who support people with disabilities and disadvantaged groups. Please contact us to discuss.

To contact us with a charter enquiry…

For Charter enquiries please call our office on 01380 721279, or send an email to with your enquiry (nature of the trip/group, number of people, preferred trip/route, preferred date etc).