Starting as soon as government restrictions permit, but hopefully in mid-2021, our new Discovery Trips will give you a full day’s adventure on the Kennet and Avon Canal. Joining a small group, you will have the opportunity to take part in steering a wide-beam canal boat, working the locks and navigating the canal in the care of our experienced skipper and crew. Of course, if you prefer to just sit back, relax and enjoy our passage along the beautiful Kennet and Avon canal leaving ‘the work’ to others you are very welcome to do so.
The lunch stop will be outside the world famous Crofton Pumping Station with its marvellous Beam Engines. Crofton Pumping Station is one of the most significant industrial heritage sites in the United Kingdom and a fascinating visitor attraction that invites you to step into our industrial and social history and turn back the clock to a time when steam was king.
You will have time to explore the grounds of the pumping station and an expert volunteer will be on hand to give you an insight into the history of the canal and its importance in revolutionising trade and the lives of people near to the canal. We plan to buy a ‘golf-buggy’ style electric vehicle to transport wheelchair users from the boat to the pumping station
Passenger numbers are restricted with no more that twelve. Each trip will leave Bedwyn Wharf at 10.00am and usually return by 4.30pm. Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be available, and you should bring a packed lunch, suitable clothing and non-slip shoes for enjoying the canal in all weathers.
Bruce Boats are fully accessible, and Discovery Trips are especially designed for people with mobility problems or other disabilities. Each boat has lifts to and from the deck, plenty of space for wheelchairs, accessible toilets, and good cooking facilities. Our crews are fully trained and recognised for their respect, understanding and kindness.
There is free parking at Great Bedwyn Wharf.
For more information, pricing and to make a booking please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Discovery Trips for Schools
Discovery Trips for Schools are designed to support key elements of the National Curriculum and can include field study work during the trip. To discuss your curriculum needs, for more information, pricing and to make a group booking please email email@example.com