Would you like to volunteer with Bruce Boats fully accessible canal holidays?

Bruce Boats has been operating for more than 35 years on the Kennet & Avon Canal, providing boating holidays and crewed day trips for over 30,000 disabled, disadvantaged and elderly people, as well as community and other groups.

Based at the wharf in Great Bedwyn, the four specially designed, purpose built, wide beam canal boats are available for week, multi-week self-catering and self-crewed holidays. Crewed day trips are also available to any groups who would like to enjoy a day out on the water.

The fleet has five boats – Hannah, Rachel, Rebecca and Diana are wide-beam and Lady Hilda is a narrowboat. The wide-beam boats have all been designed to accommodate wheelchair users and those with special needs and are equipped with hydraulic wheelchair lifts. In addition, they have wide access boarding ramps, low level bunks and accessible showers, with Rebecca having a hospital bed.

The Lady Hilda is available for community and other groups, in particular young people and youth organisations such as Scouts, Beavers, Guide and Brownies and Duke of Edinburgh students.

Training is available to anyone taking out a boat so that you can operate the boats with confidence.

The Bruce Accessible Boats (The Bruce Branch) is part of the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust which is a registered charity and is run by a team of enthusiastic volunteers. Registered Charity Number: CC209206.

For more details please follow us on facebook or visit our website.

How to volunteer with Bruce Boats

Bruce Boats are always looking for new volunteers. Can you spare just a couple of hours a month?

All training is provided and you can do as much or as little as you like – from helping prepare the boats to crewing and even skippering on canal trips!

Volunteer roles include: fundraising, carpenters, marketing, plumbers, website & social media, electrical and electronic, diesel engineers, cleaners, boat crews, soft furnishings, general DIY skills.

For more information please contact: 01380 721279 or see more details here.


Martyn Johnson

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.


Leeann Stevenson

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.


Helen Linton

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.


Susie Gaunt

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.


Susan Morris

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.


Laurence McCurrich

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.


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