Danny Kruger, our local MP recently visited The Bruce Boats at Great Bedwyn Wharf to discover for himself the amazing work volunteers are doing to provide safe, relaxing and active holidays for people who are disabled, vulnerable or disadvantaged. He also met several skippers of our traditional narrowboat, Lady Hilda, which is offered to community and youth groups for training and education.
Danny was very impressed with the four wide-beam canal boats offered for hire to families and local charities. He also discovered how care homes, schools for special educational needs, and day centres take relaxing day trips along the canal between Crofton and Froxfield with the help of volunteer skippers and crew.
For over 30 years, Bruce Boats have helped physically and socially vulnerable adults and young people to regain confidence through canal boating with day trips and longer holidays in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside.
Bruce Boats are a branch of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust and maintain four specially designed accessible boats – Rebecca, Hannah, Rachel and Diana – plus a traditional narrow boat, The Lady Hilda, which is used for educating and encouraging young people to enjoy boating.
The accessible boats are hired to families or groups with at least one person with a disability. Hires are in units of one week which enables cruising towards Bath or Reading. Our narrowboat is hired to community and youth groups for training and education.
To find out more or to book a hire please contact the bookings team here