Learn about life afloat the easy way

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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Shardlow Marina

Shardlow Marina and Caravan Park are situated in the rural setting of the historic, canalside village of Shardlow. The site is about 6 miles south of Derby, ten minutes from M1 Junction 24 (map) – an ideal location for both boaters and caravanners. We are on the River Trent and within easy reach of the Trent and Mersey Canal, the Erewash Canal and the River Soar. We are also conveniently located for the Derbyshire Dales, the National Forest, Nottingham and Robin Hood Country. The complex has all the facilities that both boaters and caravanners (both static and touring) would expect, including an on-site bar and restaurant with the Caravan Park being AA 3-pennant and Camping and Caravan Club listed.


Shardlow Marina

Shardlow 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 wandered Europe by motorhome during the winter, and on the Dutch and French waterways in the warmer months on their 35' Dutch motor cruiser. However, the pull of England's muddy ditches proved too much for them. Now they're back where they belong, constantly stuck in mud in a beautiful traditional narrowboat.

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