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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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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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