Bruce Boats


Great Bedwyn, Marlborough, WILTSHIRE

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Opening status: Open
Our COVID-19 measures:
We have completely changed our operations so that hire boats are not booked back-back and therefore have time for complete virus dispersal before our cleaners board and deep clean. The boats are then locked until the next hire. We specialise in accessible boating and all hirers must be able to declare a disability amongst the hire group. This means we have to take exceptional care to maintain our Covid-free status


Bruce Boats are specialist wide-beam canal boats designed to allow easy access for wheelchair users or anyone with a mobility problem, and their carers or families. Lifts enable access to the saloon, kitchen, wet-room, large toilets and outdoor seating areas. Four boats are available for self-drive hire where we provide training for skippers and crew. They can accommodate up to 12 passengers and tend to be hired by families or other charities for a week’s trip from our base at Great Bedwyn, half-way between Bath and Reading. We also offer a traditional narrowboat for youth groups.

Bruce Boats
Bedwyn Wharf, Great Bedwyn, Marlborough, WILTSHIRE, SN8 3PB

About the area

Discover Wiltshire

A land shrouded in mystery, myth and legend, Wiltshire evokes images of ancient stone circles, white chalk horses carved into hillsides, crop circles and the forbidden, empty landscape of Salisbury Plain. To many M4 and A303 drivers heading out of London through the clutter of the Thames Valley, Wiltshire is where the landscape opens out and rural England begins.

Wiltshire’s charm lies in the beauty of its countryside. The expansive chalk landscapes of the Marlborough and Pewsey downs and Cranborne Chase inspire a sense of space and freedom, offering miles of uninterrupted views deep into Dorset, Somerset and the Cotswolds. Wiltshire’s thriving market towns and picturesque villages provide worthwhile visits and welcome diversions. Stroll through quaint timbered and thatched villages in the southern Woodford and Avon valleys and explore the historic streets of the stone villages of Lacock, Castle Combe and Sherston. Walk around Salisbury and discover architectural styles from the 13th century to the present and take time to visit the city’s elegant cathedral and fascinating museums. And if all of that isn’t enough, the county is also richly endowed with manor houses, mansions and beautiful gardens.

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