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The Barbara McLellan trip boat is based at the wharf in Bradford on Avon, just above the lock. The boat can take 40 passengers seated at tables and has an open bow area where passengers can sit out and enjoy the weather and the views. There is a licensed bar on board, selling tea, coffee, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks plus a small range of bar snacks. There are toilets on board.

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. However, the on-board toilets are not disabled-friendly.

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 can only be carried on the Regular trips and provided that no other passengers object. In this case a refund will be offered.

Trip Booking

Book places by:

  • Using our online ticket site at (also accessible via our public trips page and our special trips page)
  • Phoning the office on 01380 721279, Monday-Friday, 9-5. Tickets for our regular trips are pre-bookable up to the day before the trip. For special 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 (Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays except Good Friday).

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

How to find us

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

Car parking is available 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 three other Trip Boats together with the Bruce Branch boats.

See our FaceBook page here.