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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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Frouds Bridge Marina

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.

Frouds Bridge Marina

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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 now wander Europe by motorhome during the winter, and on the Dutch and French waterways in the warmer months on their 32' Dutch motor cruiser.

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