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Life on a narrowboat can be as peaceful as it is idyllic BUT you need to understand the pros, cons, highs, lows, and day to day logistics in living on England's inland waterways. Let me help you find out all you need to know before you commit to what could be a very expensive mistake.

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Barby Moorings

Barby Moorings on the Oxford canal is 2 miles from Hillmorton locks and just 5 miles from Braunston Junction.
Two types of premium mooring each fully serviced with electrical power, water, wired internet and digital ready TV aerial socket.
Unique bankside moorings with private leisure plots are offered as an alternative to pontoon moorings.
Although not open until autumn 2010, you can register your interest now by using the contact page.


Update: The marina is now scheduled to open spring 2011. You can see up to date photographs of the marina development here

Barby Moorings

Barby Moorings

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Paul Smith

After six and a half years living on a narrowboat on England's inland waterways, Paul and his wife Cynthia wandered Europe by motorhome during the winter, and on the Dutch and French waterways in the warmer months on their 35' Dutch motor cruiser. However, the pull of England's muddy ditches proved too much for them. Now they're back where they belong, constantly stuck in mud in a beautiful traditional narrowboat.

  • janetg Sunday,23 January, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    anybody know whats happening at barby marina i have been told all locked up and no-one there

  • admin Sunday,23 January, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I have emailed the manager/owner asking them to update the information on this page. Watch this space!

  • admin Monday,24 January, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I received an email from Tony McMaster of Barby Moorings this morning…

    “We did have to suspend work for a while before Christmas, then ground conditions, with all the rain, were so bad the contractors machines are not be able to get on. So I will have to wait until it dries out a bit. Hope to re-start in the next two weeks. The plan is now to be operational and open on to the canal by March-April. At this time moorings will be serviced with electrical power and water. Waste sluice, pump out and diesel services will be available from the service quay. The main building with all associated services, restaurant, bar, shops, etc. will be completed in by late spring.”

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