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Uplands Basin Marina

Uplands Basin Marina provides safe and secure moorings for 120 boats in a beautiful peaceful setting in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. Situated next to the top of the Anderton Boat Lift, it gives direct access to 14 miles of lock free cruising on the Trent & Mersey Canal along the spectacularly beautiful Weaver Valley, from Middlewich in the South to the stop lock at Preston Brook in the North. It also affords easy access via the Boat Lift on to the River Weaver.

The marina is surrounded by forestry and Marbury Country Park, providing over 40 miles of country walks.

The Visitor Centre for the Anderton Boat Lift is right alongside the Marina, and offers a modern interactive exhibition centre, focusing upon the lift’s history and the people who worked on and around it. The exhibition is colour coded to specific themes, with a high interactive content and an entertaining cinematic centrepiece. The lift control centre is located within the exhibition, enabling visitors to get up close and personal with the lift on its busy daily schedule. Upstairs in the new Visitor Centre is a cafe.

Uplands Basin Marina

Uplands Basin Marina

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Uplands Basin Marina provides safe and secure moorings for 120 boats in a beautiful peaceful setting in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. Situated next to the top of the Anderton Boat Lift, it gives direct access to 14 miles of lock free cruising on the Trent & Mersey Canal along the spectacularly beautiful Weaver Valley, from Middlewich in the South to the stop lock at Preston Brook in the North. It also affords easy access via the Boat Lift on to the River Weaver.
The marina is surrounded by forestry and Marbury Country Park, providing over 40 miles of country walks.
The Visitor Centre for the Anderton Boat Lift is right alongside the Marina, and offers a modern interactive exhibition centre, focusing upon the lift’s history and the people who worked on and around it. The exhibition is colour coded to specific themes, with a high interactive content and an entertaining cinematic centrepiece. The lift control centre is located within the exhibition, enabling visitors to get up close and personal with the lift on its busy daily schedule. Upstairs in the new Visitor Centre is a cafe.
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Anderton Marina

Anderton Marina is located by the Trent and Mersey Canal at Anderton village on the outskirts of Northwich in Cheshire and adjacent to the restored Victorian Anderton Boat Lift.
The attractive marina is well equipped with a shop selling boat spares, canal maps, guides and confectionary. On the site there are boats for sale, moorings with electric hook ups, wi fi and full marina services including a Dry Dock 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 .
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The marina is on the Cheshire Ring and provides a great variety of cruising. In one direction you have head toward Middlewich where it joins the Shropshire Union canal giving access to places like Chester or Llangollen. In the other direction you can go up on to the spectacular Pennines with the Market Town of Skipton and Bingley with its famous 5 rise locks, or into Manchester and on to places such as Sowerby Bridge or Marlpe dependant on the canal you choose.
Anderton Marina

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Stenson Marina aka Midland Canal Centre

Stenson Marina is situated in South Derbyshire, convenient for Derby and Nottingham. The marina has approximately 80 berths and provides a traditional community spirit among our moorers.

All main services of electricity, water, diesel, pumpout and waste are available, without additional service charge. Stenson also has one of the best equipped yards for service and repairs in the Midlands so we can look after and repair your boat. On-site services include slippage, covered paintshop, steelwork repairs, LPG & diesel servicing and a carpentry workshop.

Cruising routes are varied with a mix of short and medium canal cruising rings as well as weekend visits to Shardlow, Willington or Burton on Trent. The routes provide some of the most popular heritage sites as well as an bundance of flora and fauna.

Stenson Marina

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Shobnall Marina

We have pleasure in offering moorings in a secure and pleasant environment, and yet close enough to the town centre to be convenient for shopping, eating out etc.

The railway station is only half a mile away and we are located close to A38, A50, giving easy access to M1 or M6 and M42.

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All facilities are available with electricity and water points close to all pontoons. Elsan disposal, pump out, Calor gas and diesel are located at the entrance and help is always available from one of our staff. On site there is a qualified gas fitter, British Waterways Boat Safety examiner and surveyor, boat painter and signwriter, electrician, cabinet maker, mechanic, welder. Shobnall Boat Services employ these staff to offer you the confidence and convenience that any work you require can be done on site.

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Orchard Marina

Privately situated Orchard Marina is set on a beautiful 5 acre site in the heart of the peaceful and tranquil Cheshire country side. Running on the banks of the Trent and Mersey Canal just outside bridge 183, which is ideally situated for cruising the Cheshire ring and accessing the Anderton boat lift.

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Originally built by the previous family in 1989 and originating from an old working farm it was purchased by its current owner in 2006. The marina boasts the original farmhouse, 72 moorings, 2 unique hydraulic dry docks, full engineering and joinery workshop facilities. All of which are under cover and allows for any type of boatbuilding activities to be undertaken from minor repair work to full fit outs. We offer a variety of pre owned boats and a range of new boats for sale from sailaway’s to fully fitted.

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Great Haywood Marina

This quality marina on the Trent & Mersey Canal at Great Haywood was completed in July 2007

The marina is situated close to the historic junction of the Staffs & Worcs Canal and offers a wide choice of scenic cruising routes.

Great Haywood still has that friendly village atmosphere and boaters are particularly welcome. Largely unspoilt, due to the A51 bypass, the village has all the amenities to ensure you have a pleasant stay when you visit your boat.

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It boasts:

* A Spar shop with quality butchers
* A post office
* Two pubs, both serving food
* A canalside restaurant offering home-cooked food
* A pharmacy
* A private dentist
* A doctors’ surgery

And on the marina drive is a farm shop selling local produce and home grown strawberries

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Barton Turns Marina

Barton Marina, situated on the Trent & Mersey canal, is the ideal central base to explore the Midland’s waterways and beyond.

Purpose built in 2001, Barton Marina is privately owned and we are very proud of the reputation we maintain as the finest inland waterways marina in the UK. Permanent, centrally-heated buildings house our showers, laundrette and marina office. Our workshop facilities are second-to-none, with a hydraulic boat lift giving quick and easy access to the dry dock.

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The boat marina forms part of an 85 acre National Forest woodland site. Visitors can wander around the two large lakes to watch and enjoy the flourishing wildlife.

As you will see on this website Barton Marina isn’t just a place to moor your boat, we have entertainment and events throughout the year. “The Waterfront” pub & restaurant presents locally-sourced good food daily and has 6 guest real ales on offer.

“The Butcher, Baker and Ice Cream Maker” shop offers boaters fresh provisions including; meat, fish, bread, cakes and dairy produce. They are happy to take pre-orders ready for you to collect at the start of your holiday or as you pass by. Please see: www.bbicm.co.uk

With 12 other shops & businesses in the marina many visitors remark on the holiday atmosphere.

Barton Marina has over 300 berths available for permanent and temporary moorings with residential by arrangement. Access to the jetties is for boat owners only, using a PIN code system to enter the security gates.

Each jetty has a water supply and each berth has its own electrical hook-up. Long-term gated car parking is available to moorers.

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Barton Turns Marina Review

First published in Waterways World August 2006 By Jim Shead

Situated between Fradley Junction and Burton on Trent, on the Trent & Mersey Canal, Barton Turns is a new marina opened in 2001. It is on an 85 acre site that was originally owned by the local company Douglas Concrete and was used for gravel extraction that resulted in some lakes. After that the land was obtained by Barry Morgan, who is now Managing Director of the private limited company that runs the marina.

Planning for the marina began in the early 1990s and the construction started in 1999. Land & Water were contacted to install all the jetties and other water space structures while the rest of the site was constructed by local builders and architects.

Keith and Sue Harpham (right)are the husband and wife team who run the marina and it was their boat that was first to enter the marina when the stop planks were lifted on 15 August 2000. The facilities building and workshop were not completed until after Easter 2001 when the marina became fully operational. Within two years the moorings were full and there is now a waiting list.

Keith and Sue have been boating since the eighties and built their current boat themselves in 1996. Originally they had a unit at Burton on Trent where they were fitting out boats and at the time the marina development started found they were looking for bigger premises. This led them to take on the management of the marina.

There are over 300 berths at Barton Turns which were originally fitted with a computerised system for the monitoring of electricity to all the berths. Unfortunately the system had software problems and never worked properly so it was removed and now electricity is supplied as part of the mooring fees which are now an all inclusive charge based on the length of jetty rather than on the boat.

The marina has its own set of keys giving access to facilities, these replaced the BW keys that were used for this purpose after it was found that various unauthorised people were making use of the facilities and the marina suffered a spate of minor thefts and vandalism.

The marina is the base for Shakespeare Classic Line, a fleet of 20 timeshare and hire boats belonging to a Leamington based company who have their own receptionist for their guests and provide their own contract cleaners for the boats. The marina provides the narrowboat servicing and tuition for guests using the boats. These attract a lot of overseas visitors and are used throughout the year. They turnaround on four days a week so that there are never more than six boats going out on one day, which spreads the load for both the marina staff and for the use of the local locks.

The marina employs seven staff plus some yardmen, who are all retired men doing two days a week. Part of the yardmen’s duties is giving tuition to the Shakespeare Classic Line boaters and ensuring that guests have a sufficient degree of skill before they take the boats away. This includes operating a lock and if a sufficient degree of competency is not reached they go through the procedure again.

Some Ownerships share boats are also based in the marina and make use of its facilities. All the berths have electricity and water and there are toilets (including disabled and baby changing facilities), showers, a token operated launderette, shop and chandlery and all available in addition to the usual diesel, gas and pumpout services. They also have a hydraulic boat lift which will take any size boat out of the water and up the slipway into the workshop. This was built by the marina company and is driven by a fixed chain mechanism that controls both lifting out and launching processes.

Although they offer repair services they do not take on major steelwork jobs, or fabrication work. This can be tackled at Streethay Wharf, which is not far away and specialises in this type of work.

A further phase of development is planned for the marina which will consist of a traditional style public house with a raised decking so that customers can sit outside with a view across the marina. It will provide bar meals and have a 220 seat restaurant downstairs with a similar sized function room and restaurant upstairs for private and corporate bookings. There will also be seven craft shops, two other restaurants (of different types to offer a good choice, e.g. Italian and Thai), some office accommodation and a large car park. Construction is scheduled to start in November 2005 and opening for June 2006.

Beyond this a further development of a hotel and leisure facilities is envisaged on the land between the marina and the lake. The large site, part of which has been planted as part of the National Forest, also has potential for further attractions and recreational use.

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Aston Marina

Aston Marina is a new and exciting marina development located in a tranquil part of Staffordshire, at Aston Lock, near Stone on the Trent & Mersey canal. The unique feature of an entrance and exit facilitates easy navigation.

The development of the180 berth marina spans over 12 acres. Within the marina there is a Farm Shop & Bistro. Boat Repair Workshop and Secure Parking & many more attractive features will follow shortly. All will be situated within 40 acres of picturesque park land.

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Mercia Marina

On the peaceful and tranquil non-flooding Trent and Mersey Canal, halfway between Fradley Junction and Trent Lock/Sawley, in the heart of England’s canal country, our location offers great cruising routes plus easy road access, being minutes from the junction of the A38 and A50, with Derby, Burton and Nottingham being an easy drive.

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Ariel view of Mercia marina

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