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Otherton Boat Haven

Otherton Boat Haven, sitting in beautiful Staffordshire countryside, is situated on one of the most popular cruising routes in the country. The marina nestles between bridges 82 and 83 on the Staffs & Worcester Canal, on the outskirts of Penkridge and is close to village shops and pubs.


The boat haven can be easily accessed by road and train. There is a train station just over a mile away. The M6 Toll, M54, A5 and A449 are all within easy travelling distance. Cannock Chase, an area of outstanding natural beauty, Shugbrough Estate and Weston Park are a small number of the many local tourist attractions.

Otherton Boat Haven has been established since 1996 and is a family run business with 18 years experience in the narrowboat industry.

We offer a vast range of services and there is always someone on the end of a phone to help with your requirements. Our marina offers peace, assurity and all year round security. The deep water in the marina means you never have to worry about your boat grounding. With plenty of space, all boats are easily manoeuvred around the marina and are easily accessed. Ample parking space is also provided.

Otherton Boat Haven

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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.

  • Pengalanty Tuesday,6 November, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Toni and I were not very impressed with the pump-out service ! This was done somewhat differently to normal, and we wondered whether in fact the tank was completely emptied and flushed properly. there was no way of telling and there was not a “SeeThro” window in the connection pipe. The clean water flush appeared meager! We have noted the date and can get a reasonable idea when it is time for the next pump-out. The equipment seemed good however and appeared to work efficiently. Unfortunately, we were left with a doubt in our minds on completion. The usual price of £15 was paid

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