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.
The Thames & Kennet Marina is based just outside Reading in a nature reserve and incorporates a narrow boat and cruiser marina. With the ability to cater for a number of types of boats, including Dutch barges, the facility is unique in the area and has the best access to the Thames River and Kennet canal. As a new facility, all amenities are up to date and as a part of the Tingdene Group of companies, standards are always high and maintenance and development ongoing.
With two specific marinas, ample parking and easy access for numerous areas in and around Reading, this new site has everything a boater wants and more. We welcome long and short term berths to the facility so, just because you are not permanently in the area it does not mean you cannot make the most of these great facilities.
The specially designed picturesque narrow boat marina has been created to maximise manoeuvrability. With all the latest facilities, pontoons are coupled with a luxurious site with state of the art security and facilities making this the ideal place to site a boat for weekend or permanent use.
With new moorings designed with space in mind, the cruiser marina is able to accommodate a wide range of craft, from the small day boat to the enormous Dutch barge up to 25 meters (82 feet) in length. The facility has been specially designed with security in mind meaning your investment is safe and time spent at the marina is relaxed and hassle free.
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Hilperton Marina is located by the Kennet and Avon Canal on the outskirts of Trowbridge in Wiltshire.
The marina is well equipped with a shop selling boat spares, canal maps, guides and confectionary. On the site there are boats for sale, boat building, moorings with electric hook ups, wi fi and full marina services including a Crane for out of the water repairs.
The marina is operated by ABC Leisure Group one of the leading companies on the UK canal network who have another eight marinas strategically placed around the canal network, they have an excellent reputation for building high quality bespoke narrow boats, and can provide everything for the canalboat owner, or potential owner.[table id=37 /]
Built in 1997 Frouds Bridge Marina on the Kennet & Avon Canal is situated about half way between Newbury (11 miles) and the River Thames at Reading (12 miles) and provides all the amenities that boaters now require.
To find us by road, turn South into Frouds Lane off the A4 trunk road about 1 mile to the east of Woolhampton village. After crossing the railway and canel bridges turn right into our entrance between the converted farm buildings and follow the road to the marina. .
In the basin, all craft are berthed alongside pontoons and have access to an electrical connection and water taps. We have excellent showers and toilets and operate a small chandlery. Diesel, Calor gas, coal, pump out & chemical toilet emptying point are all on site. Whilst we do not have our own engineering staff, we can arrange for most types of work to be undertaken if required.
The Marina office open hours are Tuesdays- Saturdays 9 till 5 Sunday 10 till 5 closed Mondays. Bank holidays as Sunday hours.[table id=28 /]
We have over 100 recreational moorings and 7 residential moorings here at Devizes Marina, catering for boats up to 70ft.
The marina is in a peaceful location and the moorings are set in secure landscaped grounds. We are ideally situated at the top of the Caen Hill Flight and on a 14 mile lock-free pound, with a pub and some shops nearby and the market town of Devizes a short drive (or even a walk) away.
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