Bruce Boats

Accessible boating in the heart of the Wiltshire and Berkshire Downs.

Bruce Boats, part of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, hires specially designed and built wide-beam canal boats to families and groups of people with members who are mobility impaired or have any other restriction on their health and activity, or are vulnerable and disadvantaged in any way.

Passenger accommodation ranges from 8-12 people depending on which boat is hired.

We are led by a team of highly professional volunteers and have welcomed over 25,000 guests in our 30+ years of successful operation.

We also provide crewed day trips for care homes, day-centres and other groups supporting the vulnerable and elderly.

In contrast we also offer a traditional narrow boat for hire to youth and community groups.


Bruce Boats

The Wharf
Brook Street

Disability Access Information

Bruce Boats has its own wharf close to Great Bedwyn railway station. Cars and coaches can park very close to the boats and parking is free for the duration of your hire.

Each wide-beam boat can has at least one lift, an accessible galley, shower and toilet. Some boats have hospital beds and all boats have easy access to a wide seating area at the front of the boat. The saloon areas are spacious and designed for wheelchairs. We aim to combine the traditional feel of a canal boat with modern conveniences - and heating!

On request we can provide hoists, toilet lift seats and other useful items.

We are proud of our boats and offer an excellent short training course for newcomers to the waterways, or who have never had the opportunity to drive a wide-beam boat.