What we do
The Bruce Branch of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust offers affordable canal holidays to disabled, disadvantaged or older people – along with their family, friends or carers. Our purpose-built, wheel-chair-accessible boats are based at Great Bedwyn Wharf, near Hungerford. We’re ideally situated for a pleasant cruise east towards Hungerford, Newbury and Reading, or westward through Bruce Tunnel and Honeystreet and on to the Caen Hill Flight at Devizes.
The boats are available for weekly hire for self-catering, self-steer holidays. We ask that the Team Leader for your group has had at least one week of previous canal boat experience – otherwise we ask you to join us on one of our training weekends in the Spring. We also offer day trips, crewed by our voluntary helpers, when we have a boat available.
Built in facilities:
- boarding ramps
- Low-level bunks
- Specially fitted showers and W.C.s
- Large, low-set windows
- Scissor-action hospital bed on The Rebecca
Additional equipment available on request:
- Transfer hoist
- Shower chair
- Cot sides
- Perching stool
We also have a narrow-beam boat, Lady Hilda, which sleeps eight. Lady Hilda is available for hire by community groups.