Accessible Boat Hire for All
Bruce Boats, part of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, is a charity dedicated to providing canal trips and holidays for people with any form of disability or who are disadvantaged in any way. With a team of over 100 volunteers we maintain and operate a fleet of specialist canal boats on the Kennet and Avon Canal.
With over 30 years of experience, we currently offer self-drive holiday hire only but hope to soon restart our fully crewed day trips and opportunities for youth groups to explore and learn.
Disabled, disadvantaged or vulnerable?
Do you have mobility issues, do you care for people with learning difficulties or dementia, do you help vulnerable children or are you just not able to fund a holiday?
Then we’re here to help. We provide specially adapted wide-beam canal boats on the Kennet and Avon Canal in Wiltshire. We are not-for-profit so our rates are very attractive.
You can self-drive a boat for a week or more and explore the attractions of this famous canal. When it is safe to do so we will restart our friendly volunteer-crewed day trip for groups up to 12.
The day was made for us by the crew, who are an absolute credit to the Canal Trust. From the moment we arrived on board, we were made to feel welcome, and included in the day. We are not the quietest family, and with four loud youngsters things could have been “trying”. But from the outset, your crew were wonderful with them talking to them, encouraging them to help out on board and on the lock procedures, but always with a careful eye on their safety. We found them personable, interesting, friendly and eager to give us a day to remember….and they certainly did that.
I wanted to send you an email after our trip last week, to say that we all thoroughly enjoyed the boat trip! It was one of the best weekends we’ve spent as a family together, and everyone really enjoyed the teamwork and bonding. We’ve all agreed that we’d like to do another one next year.
We were made to feel very welcome from the start and Peter was great. In fact, all the volunteers were lovely. We hired the Hannah from 29th June -6th July and she was great for us really clean and Mum especially appreciated the lift.
Also thank you for the helpful information you sent to us which helped us prepare for the holiday and my brothers found the training weekend a real help.
Just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone in the team and particularly Martin and Steve who were so helpful on Friday.
We had a great weekend and were all very impressed with not only the equipment but also the layout and thought that had gone into the design of “Diana” – everything worked brilliantly for Berkeley.
Your email reminded me that I meant to contact you and say how very much we enjoyed our weekend on the Diana. The weather was in our favour and everyone had a great time. The boat is so well equipped and spotlessly clean.
We had a wonderful holiday which was particularly good for my wheel chaired wife. The barge was even better than I had expected with lifts, space and disabled lavatory. It was also very easy to handle and steered well. The bow thruster made mooring so easy. Everything on the boat worked perfectly. Well done the volunteers.
Welcome to Bruce Boats
For over 30 years the Bruce Boats fleet has provided day and weekly hire experiences for people who couldn’t otherwise enjoy the Kennet and Avon Canal through lack of mobility. Our four wide-beam canal boats were purpose built for disabled or elderly hirers and can sleep up to 12 people.
Each boat has accessible wheelchair access, lifts, large shower areas and toilets. A full-sized kitchen is fully equipped with gas oven and microwave along with a fridge and good storage.
Based in Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire, Bruce Boats is just a few miles south of the M4 motorway and near the very heart of the Kennet and Avon Canal with glorious stretches of the canal through the Wiltshire and Berkshire Downs.
You can hire one of our boats for a self-steered holiday or for a day trip crewed by our trained team of volunteers.