We are a volunteer-run organisation with one of the largest fleets of wide-beam accessible
boats in the UK.
All volunteers are trained to professional standards and our skippers
have all gained the Certificate in Community Boat Management, or are licensed
Marine and Coastguard Agency Boatmasters. The boats are also maintained by volunteers under the eagle eye of a professional engineer who ensures we look after our boats to the
highest standards. We operate from our own base on the wharf at Great Bedwyn, nr. Marlborough
in Wiltshire – right at the heart of the Kennet and Avon Canal.
Our wide-beam boats are fully accessible, lifts fore and aft, are wide beam, so roomy, and fully
equipped. Each boat comes with a domestic style kitchen and fully accessible
Lady H, our traditional narrowboat, is not wheelchair-friendly and is offered to Guides, Scouts, DofE participants and other community groups who have a nominated skipper with qualifications meeting our own requirements.
Volunteer with us
Bruce Branch is part of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, which has been awarded the coveted Queens Award for Volunteering.
Our boats are supported by a team of highly trained volunteers in a wide variety of roles – including skippers, dispatchers, cleaners, engineers and trainers. The management team is made up of experienced volunteers and a professional engineer to ensure all boats are fully operational and hirers are supported during their trips.
Where to find us
Our boats are based on the beautiful Kennet and Avon Canal in Great Bedwyn, between Hungerford and Marlborough. From here, you are perfectly placed to travel towards Devizes or towards Newbury. With a two-week hire you can also travel down the famous Caen Hill Flight to Bath.
As well as weekly hire for families and care groups, we are also able to offer day trips for up to twelve people. Day trips last from 10am to 4pm and are fully crewed by our trained, volunteer crew. You just provide up to 12 passengers and the catering!