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Upton Marina

On the mighty River Severn, Britain’s longest river, lies Upton Marina, south of historic Worcester and north of Tewkesbury, Upton Marina offers secure pontoon and bankside moorings for all types of craft with hardstanding storage space and visitor berths, where you may take advantage of all the modern facilities you would expect from a large, well equipped, modern marina. It is also home to a fleet of holiday hire boats.

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Cruising on the Severn offers a variety of itineraries since it stretches 58 miles from Sharpness to Stourport and forms part of the Avon Ring linking the Worcester and Birmingham, Staffs and Worcs canals.

It is possible to reach Stratford-upon-Avon and moor up opposite the Shakespeare Theatre. In fact there is hardly anywhere in the country that cannot be reached from Upton upon Severn by inland waterways. For more adventurous cruising southwards, it is a day’s run to the Bristol Channel and open waters.

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Upton Marina Review

Written by Jim Shead: First published in Waterways World September 2005

Upton upon Severn is situated on the river between Worcester and Tewksbury and therefore the stretch of river on which it stands forms part of the Avon Ring connecting the Worcester & Birmingham Canal to the river Avon. Just below Upton Bridge and opposite the attractive old town is Upton Marina.

It was developed in 1974 from a site that was known as the Brick Holes which had been used for clay extraction more than a century ago and had since that time been a pond. The marina had several previous owners and in 1988 was bought by the present owners Walton Marine. This is a private family owned company whose Managing Director is Mike Cook. They also own Walton Marina on the Thames and two other inland marinas.

The Marina Manager is Steve Arber CMM. Steve first worked in a marina as a holiday job while he was at university. He was attracted by the work and after he left university he went to work for a marina at Windsor on the Thames and to run the servicing and chandlery. After a few years he then went to work for Walton Marina and came to Upton as manager in the early 1990s. His interest in marina management led him to take a course that resulted in his CMM professional qualification.

Yacht Harbours Association has awarded the marina four gold anchors for the range and quality of its facilities. They have a licensed bar, restaurant, service and repair for both cruisers and narrowboats, chandlery, boatbuilding, slipway, 18 ton hoist, hard standing, electricity and water to all pontoons, telephone, broadband and satellite TV connections if required, diesel and pumpout as well as boat sales. The only facilities they don’t have are petrol and a launderette. However, there is a launderette close by in Upton.

Many of the marina facilities are run by tenants including the chandlery and cruiser servicing. Other businesses here are Starline Marine, who do narrowboat building repair and engineering, and Starline Narrowboats who are a hire boat company based in the marina.

The fact that the marina is on the River Severn means that it can be used as a base for canal, river and seagoing craft. They have 300 moorings at present used by a variety of boats from small river cruisers up to fifty foot seagoing boats as well as narrowboats of all sizes. The mooring rate is per metre but is capped at 12 metres so that longer boats only pay the 12 metre charge.

The marina is now full but planning permission has been obtained to double the water area of the site and to develop an adjacent holiday village. The present market trend is for large cruisers and narrowboats so that though the length of total mooring space will be doubled the greater proportion of these longer boats means that the total number of moored boats is unlikely to double. They are hoping to start work on the development this year.

The marina is flood protected by its system of floating pontoons that are kept in place by pile guides as the Severn can rise by as much as twenty feet. To counter the extra strain this places on the pile guides there is a system of sixteen anchor points in the ground around the marina that are used to secure a series of wires that go out to the pontoons from these deeply driven anchor piles. The whole system is designed to make this a safe haven on a river renowned for its floods. Looking at the well kept grass banks on a warm June day, and boats making leisurely progress over the gentle waters, it was difficult to imagine the huge rises in water levels that can sometimes occur.

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Trinity Marina

Trinity Marinas is a well established narrowboat marina situated on the Ashby Canal in Leicestershire. Its Heart of England location, served also by a superb motorway network, makes it extremely accessible from all areas of the country.

Trinity Marinas is a large and well laid out marina with 114 moorings for narrowboats from 40ft to 70ft on sophisticated pontoons. With its modern facilities it can offer services second to none.

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Trinity Marina Review

Written by Jim Shead: First published in Waterways World January 2005

Trinity Marina is situated on the Ashby Canal giving access to over 38 miles of lock-free cruising, or more than 53 miles if we discount the stop lock at Hawkesbury. This fairly new marina was the dream of Bob Woodward, the owner of Trinity Motors and of the adjoining canalside land. He and his daughter Sharon Woodward planned and built the marina which was completed in 2001. It is Sharon and her partner Christine Dallas who run the marina business.

Christine has been a boater since her early twenties. Her first boat was a Shetland cruiser and this was followed by a wooden canal cruiser before she acquired a 50 foot ex-Weltonfield hire boat called Buttercup which she kept on the Ashby Canal for 4? years. She joined the company six months after the marina opened with a background in retail, commercial and marketing work which together with her boating interests made her a prime candidate for being partner to Sharon Woodward.

Christine’s first job was to fill the 120 berths in the marina with narrowboats, which happened quite quickly and they now have a 200 boat waiting list for moorings. After the moorings were full they started a second hand boat brokerage service and have sold about 130 boats in the 18 months it has been operating. The moorings all have electricity and water and there is a launderette, modern shower room and toilets on site as well as a shop and small chandlery.

Although they have no engineer on site they are close to Willow Park Marina that has these facilities and are in an area well served by marine engineers. In addition to the usual boatyard services such as diesel and pump out they are also the first marina to offer broadband internet connection – from ukcanal.com – which gives a radio link in the areas of the site that is available to subscribers to the service.

The development includes an a la carte restaurant and bar. They must have been impressed by the architect who designed their Watergate Restaurant as they are now using him to design the interiors of their range of new boats. The boats will be built using Graham Reeves shells and the fitting out is to be done by Ian Cooper at Aynho Wharf.

There are three different styles that people can choose from: Scandinavian range which will be open plan with wood finishes; Contemporary Chic range that is a modern design; and New England range which is more traditional. Having someone from outside the boat building business doing the interior design has produced some new ideas including, on two of the ranges, central island kitchens which are very unusual on boats.

At the time I spoke to Christine these plans were still in the design and concept build stage. They plan to produce 3 lengths in each of the ranges – 47, 57 and 67 foot. They will be standard boats with some customer choice within each style and will be available in Cruiser, Semi Trad and Traditional backs with a choice of three external paint colours. They were then making the final costings and aimed to start selling these boats in 2005. I was shown the plans of the nine different layouts – 3 lengths each in three styles.

For those requiring something less expensive than a new boat the brokerage service is there to provide cheaper options as Sharon and Christine “want Trinity to be something for everybody”. If you are looking for advice they have produced leaflets such as Are you Buying Your First Boat which set out the average running costs. This is a marina that boasts all the modern facilities and a community spirit.

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Thrupp Wharf Marina

Thrupp Wharf Marina is a friendly family run marina situated on the Grand Union Canal, adjacent to the Navigation Inn. It is conveniently located in South Northamptonshire near to the village of Cosgrove, just north of Milton Keynes.

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At Thrupp Wharf Marina we provide 60 secure private moorings in a peaceful country setting. With easy access from major routes and close proximity to local pubs, restaurants and shops the marina provides the perfect base for cruising the canal network.

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Thames And Kennet Marina

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.

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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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Tewitfield Marina

Tewitfield Marina is a purpose built hamlet with its own luxury holiday accommodation complex. Situated on the Lancashire and Cumbria border alongside Tewitfield Locks on the Lancaster Canal we provide our guests with the perfect place to stay with easy access to some of Britain’s best loved countryside, with both the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales being less than half an hours drive away. Also close by is the historic city of Lancaster with its castles, museums and parks to visit and the seaside town of Morecambe, famous for its breathtaking sunsets across the bay and over the Lakeland Fells, as well as the beautiful villages of Arnside and Silverdale within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Within the immediate vicinity there is a welcoming country pub, the Longlands Hotel, serving real ale with a varied food menu. Just across the road is Greenlands Farm Village with its own farm shop selling crafts and local produce alongside a café where you can relax and sample fresh homemade food.

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Tattenhall Marina

he new quality marina on the Shropshire Union Canal near the village of Tattenhall was officially opened in July 2009

Tattenhall Marina is situated in beautiful Cheshire countryside with views of Beeston Castle and easy cruising to some of the most delightful stretches of the canal network, just seven miles from the centre of the historic city of Chester.

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Boaters will enjoy the same friendly, professional marina, offering the high quality standard of facilities seen at Great Haywood, with a comfortable members lounge, showers, laundry and well equipped workshop.

The marina will create the appearance of a natural lake with soft margins and wetlands to provide habitats for aquatic birds and wildlife. Footpaths through woodland landscaping will be a special feature of Tattenhall Marina.

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Swanley Bridge Marina

Swanley Bridge Marina is a brand new 315 berth marina. This pristine development is located on the beautiful Llangollen Canal just two miles from the junction of the Shropshire Union.

Our rural setting includes 10 acres of water and a seven acre wood, providing a spectacular environment to moor your boat. We are only two miles from the market town of Nantwich in Cheshire and easily accessible from the M6 motorway, just 15 minutes drive away.

We are delighted that you are interested in Swanley Bridge Marina and trust that in exploring this website you will begin to get a sense of what we have to offer here. However words and pictures can only do so much. Our hope is that you will be persuaded to visit us personally to experience first hand what sets Swanley Bridge Marina apart.

Cheshire offers a wealth of tourist attractions, with Nantwich itself enjoying a number of local festivals throughout the year. Please visit our local attractions page for more information.?

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Swanley Bridge Marina Review

I drove up to Swanley Bridge marina last week (early July 2012) to pick up an engine for Calcutt Boats. I only had half an hour there so I didn’t have a chance to look around the marina properly. I was there for long enough though to take a few photo’s and have a walk around the marina basin.

The marina is just to the west of Nantwich and just a fifteen minute drive from the M6. It’s close enough to the motorway to make travelling easy but far enough away from any major road to ensure that it’s peaceful. The sense of tranquility is enhanced by the long private road past a farmyard and up to the marina.

The marina is just a few years old but its location on an established farm surrounded by mature trees – including a seven acre wood – gives the impression of moorings that have been established for much longer. The two buildings look new though; the office, shop and chandlery “The Boat House” and the ammenities block which houses the toilets, showers and washing machines.

Strange narrowboat at Swanley Bridge marina

Strange narrowboat at Swanley Bridge marina

Although there are no residential moorings specified anywhere on the marina’s web site, there were indications that some of the narrowboats there had full time residents. You would need to check with the marina for a definitive answer.

Swanley Bridge marina has a lot to offer; you can enjoy a well equipped mooring in a tranquil location right at the heart of the canal network. What more could you ask for?

Swanley Bridge Marina

Swanley Bridge Marina

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Stanstead marina

The marina is situated within a mile of the confluence of the Lee and Stort at the gateway to the East of England.
Benefiting from access to the Hertfordshire countryside, the marina is ideally placed for walking, cycling, fishing and birdwatching with Lee Valley Regional Park.

Boasting 200 berths, all general board yard facilities are on offer and train and bus services are within short walking distance.

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Staniland Marina

We are an independent family run business with almost 40 years experience of pleasure boating behind us. Whether you are looking for someone to fit-out your next boat, or somewhere to visit whilst cruising the waterways, you will always find a warm welcome from the Staff and Boaters at staniland marina.

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