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Westview Marina

Westview Marina is on the River Great Ouse in the village of Earith in Cambridgeshire. The marina is located with good access to major trunk roads and lies 6 miles from the riverside town of St Ives and 10 miles from Cambridge. It is a family owned marina set away from busy roads and enjoying an extensive river frontage.

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Westview Marina is centrally placed on the Great Ouse. Traveling upstream through the locks you can reach St Ives and Huntingdon within a few hours and Bedford in a day or two. You can travel downstream through Hermitage Lock and reach Ely in approx 4 hours or head for the Cam and arrive in Cambridge. There is the option of going down the new Bedford River to King’s Lynn for those wishing to cruise on the coast.

Facilities at Westview include a crane with a capacity of 30 ton, a laying up area, diesel, gas and a chandlery. There is an Environment Agency waste pump out on the visitor’s jetty. There is electric and water on mooring pontoons around the marina

The marina accommodates a small caravan park for touring caravans.

The common seal is a frequent visitor at Westview Marina and the young seals enjoy putting on displays in the summer for anyone who cares to watch.

The seals enjoy the warmer weather when they sunbathe on the pontoons and they frequently follow the boats cruising along.

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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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