From January 2016 the Bruce Trust’s
boats have been operated by the newly-formed “Bruce
Branch” of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust. The four
boats are continuing to operate from Bedwyn with the
Trust Engineer and all the administration is being
undertaken by Kennet and Avon Canal Trust staff in
Devizes. The Bruce Trust is continuing with its current
board of Trustees and Rebecca Bruce remains as Director
but its focus for the future will be more on fundraising
and grant-giving for the specific benefit of its four
very special boats.
For boat bookings
and enquiries please contact Chris at
or on 01380 721279
more information please visit
The Bruce Trust is a registered
charity providing specially-designed, purpose-built,
wide-beam canal boats, for hire for self-catering,
by disabled, disadvantaged or elderly people along with
their family, friends or carers.
The Trust has a fleet of four boats. Hannah is 12 berth,
Rebecca and Diana are 10 berth and Rachel is 6 berth.
Each boat has the highest quality accommodation and the
ultimate flexibility for people with a wide variety of
special needs. They all have a fully equipped galley
with cooker and fridge, central heating and flushing
W.C. The extra width of the boats provides excellent
manoeuvrability for wheelchair users and they all have
special built-in facilities:-
Specially fitted showers
Scissor-action hospital bed on
Additional equipment can be provided on request:
All the boats have been designed to give
wheelchair users the opportunity to steer by using the
tiller. However, both Hannah and Rachel have been fitted with a
remote steering device that enables someone with less
upper body mobility to steer from their wheelchair,
using a joystick.
The boats operate from Great Bedwyn Wharf, near
Marlborough, on the Kennet and Avon Canal, which flows
through Berkshire and Wiltshire, from the River Thames
at Reading to the River Avon at Bath. Two have a
changeover day of Friday and two have a changeover day
of Saturday. They are ideally situated to cruise towards
Newbury and Reading or westward to Devizes and down the
Caen Hill Flight and on to Bath.
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