Skip to content


We're Good to Go

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 normally provide a trip for up to 40 people but are currently still limiting this to 20 due to the Coronavirus situation. Our trips last from an hour upwards.

To see our charter trip brochure, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

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 at least 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.

To protect all our passengers and boat crew, we are still implementing a number of COVID-safe protocols.  For example, we are still 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.

The good news is that, while we are limiting capacity to 20 people we are reducing our prices by 40%. For example, a 2 – 2½ hour charter to the stunning Avoncliff Aqueduct now costs only £150.

You can book with confidence – if we cancel your trip for any reason we will refund your money – automatically!

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 £180reduced to £100 in our offer

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 £180reduced to £100 in our offer

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 £250reduced to £150 in our offer


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 – reduced to $150 in our offer

Longer Routes

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 – reduced to £250 in our offer

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 – reduced to £250 in our offer

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 *

* This trip is not viable while movement around the boat is restricted so is currently withdrawn from offer. If the pandemic situation changes and it becomes viable again we will run it at full price.

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 by card.

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.

Educational Charters

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

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).