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Indigo Dream’s Rough Guide to Moorings!

Updated January 2012

There’s plenty of information about moorings – our trusty Nicholson’s and Pearson’s guides; local BW offices, Waterscape Boaters Guides and the sometimes informative BW totem poles. However it’s all very dry and doesn’t cover what people felt about a particular mooring spot – was there trouble? was it noisy? Was there dog-walking?

With this in mind, we thought we’d set up an information page dedicated to our experience of different mooring spots going back a year or so. Firstly it will be an aide-memoire for us as this blog is now our boat’s log but we hope it may be of use to others as well. Of course, the usual ‘health warnings’ apply – it’s based on our experiences – yours might be different! If you want to let us know what you though about different mooring spots then please post a comment – I’ll try to incorporate as many of your thoughts as I can into the page as well. As we’re revisiting many of the moorings, I’ve also added the year that we visited so you can get an idea of how up-to-date the information might be.

It’s in alphabetical order by canal and then by location. We’ll see how this works. If it’s too confusing then we’ll try the locations in order – that’ll be a job for a rainy day and a pile of Nicholson’s!

Note: The Grand Union is now divided by Branch/Arm so look out for Aylesbury Arm, Digbeth, Saltley Cut, Leicester Arm, Northampton Arm and Paddingon Branch/Arm.

Canal

Location

Facilities

Comment

Birmingham and Fazeley

Cambrian Wharf

Moorings rings; water point; waste disposal

Moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; Crowd noise from the pub opposite until 11.30pm; quiet overnight; good access to public transport; good access to shops and restaurants. 2009

Birmingham and Fazeley

 

Hopwas

 

By Dixon’s Bridge

 

None

 

Quiet; moored overnight –no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; Good food at the Tame Otter pub nearby. 2011

 

Birmingham and Fazeley

 

Fazeley Junction – Fazelely Mill Marina

 

Full marina facilities & chandlery.

 

Quiet; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; friendly marina staff/denizens. 2011

 

Birmingham Canal Navigations – New Main Line

 

Sheepcote Street Bridge – Sherbourne Wharf side

 

Mooring Rings; covered by CCTV

 

Moored overnight – no problems; Quiet overnight – traffic noise daytime and evening. 2011

 

Chesterfield Canal

 

Clarborough (near the Gate pub)

 

Mooring rings

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; pricey pub food and poor service; good dog walking along towpath away from pub – road adjacent to pub. 2011

 

Chesterfield Canal

 

Kiveton Park

 

Mooring bollards – ‘end of navigation’ platform 24-hour; 14-day on towpath (shallow in places)

 

Very quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for several days – no problems; Good access to Kiveton Park train station’ great dog walking on towpath an field at the end of navigation (watch out for wild ponies!). 2011

 

Chesterfield Canal

 

Osberton Lock

 

Towpath mooring using last of lock bollards

 

Very quiet; moored overnight – no problems; beautiful spot – secure gate between mooring and road across lock – good for hounds; good dog walking along towpath. 2011

 

Chesterfield Canal

 

Retford

 

Hope Pole Pub (offside)

 

Mooring rings; waterpoint at moorings.

 

Quiet after 9pm; moored overnight – no problem; good pub – fine food and service; good parking but limi t dog walking nearby. 2011

 

Chesterfield Canal

 

Rhodesia

 

Above deep lock

 

None

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; decent pub grub at Lock-keeper pub nearby; Sainsbury’s and other shops nearby. 2011

 

Coventry Canal

 

Atherstone – by Bridge 41

 

None at mooring; services at Atherstone Top Lock.

 

Quiet; Moored overnight – no problems; Good Chinese takeaway (Atherston House) just off

Coleshill Road

 

; Good access to town centre and train station. 2009

 

Coventry Canal

 

Fradley Junction (just before the swingbridge)

 

Mooring rings; water point

 

Busy moorings around the junction; Lots of bustle around the pub and towpaths but quiet overnight; moored overnight – no problems; Good dog-walking in the woods across Junction Lock. 2009

 

Coventry Canal

 

Hartshill – by Bridge 29

 

Mooring rings/sheet piling

 

Quiet overnight; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for several day – no problems; The Anchor pub – dog friendly, food variable but very friendly; Good dog-walking in field by the railway bridge. 2009

 

Dudley No 1 Canal

Waterfront Moorings- Merryhill

Mooring pontoons; water point; shore power; secure pontoon – key code access

Moored overnight; Nightclubs nearby – LOUD music until 2.30am. 2008

Dudley No 2 Canal

 

Hawne Basin

 

Full facilities within the basin; safe towpath moorings (no facilities) just outside the basin.

 

Moored overnight – no problems; quiet overnight; excellent dog-walking across the canal. 2009

 

Fossdyke Navigation

 

Saxilby

 

Between railway and footbridge

 

Mooring rings

 

Canal between road and railway line – some  traffic noise; moored overnight – no problems; good access to village centre and railway station – good connections to Lincoln; limited dog-walking on adjacent parkland; navigation is just wide enough to wind a 60 footer at the moorings. 2011

 

Fossdyke Navigation

 

Torksey

 

Beyond the long term moorings

 

Mooring bollards

 

Services at lock

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; good dog-walking along top of dyke; good teashop by the lock. 2011

 

Gloucester and Sharpness Canal

Gloucester Docks

48-hour moorings; mooring pontoons; waste disposal; mooring rings on the dock wall; shore power available on the dock wall. Water points on the branch by the BW museum; pump-out and water available on the other side of Llanthony Bridge.

Left boat unattended for several days by arrangement with BW (Tel. 01452 318000 or 310832). Fee payable for additional days. Very quiet mooring. Good access to town centre. Good dog walking on Castle Meads – over the lock at the end of the footbridge over the river. 2008

Gloucester and Sharpness Canal

Sharpness – towpath north of the marina

14-day moorings; No facilities at the mooring; Water, waste disposal and Elasan point (no pump out) past the marina entrance after the bridge.

14-day moorings; Left boat unattended for several days – mooring chain snapped, possibly by passing boat – recommend double springs; Stunning views and good dog-walking along towpath. Very very quiet. Hefty walk to civilisation – you’ll need food supplies on board! Bar available at the dockers club on the other side of the marina. 2008

Grand Union

 

Aylesbury Arm

Aylesbury Basin

Mooring rings; Water point; Pump-out; Waste disposal

Quiet; good access to town; moored overnight – no problems 2008

Grand Union

 

Digbeth Branch

Digbeth Branch

 

Aston Science Park

Bollards

Quiet; CCTV and security guard; Moored overnight – no problems. 2008

Grand Union

 

Leicester Section

 

Foxton Top Lock

 

Beyond Gumley Road Bridge

 

None

 

Shallow in places

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; good dog-walking in adjacent fields; useful daytime BW car park and rubbish point nearby. 2011

 

Grand Union

 

Leicester Section

 

Watford Top Lock

 

Above the lock

 

Mooring bollards

 

Service point at lock

 

Extremely noisy – M1 overpass overhead; moored overnight – no problem; very good dog-walking in adjacent fields. 2011

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

Berkhamstead Below lock 52

None

Quiet; good access to shops and restaurants; park nearby for dogs;

moored overnight – no problems 2008

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Berkhamstead

 

Above Lock 53

 

 

 

None on towpath but water and rubbish disposal opposite

 

Moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for several days – no problems; some noise from football club opposite; very good access to supermarket  with useful parking;good dog-walking in park offside;  Boat Inn- dog friendly, ok food, good service. 2010

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Berkhamstead

 

Below Rising Sun Lock (Bridge 143)

 

None

 

Quiet; left boat unattended for several days. Street parking nearby. 2011

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Bourne End – above lock 60

 

None; sheet piling

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; Three Horseshoes pub across the swingbridge – very good food and dog-friendly. 2010

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Braunston – Boathouse pub aka Millhouse Hotel

 

Pub mooring offside – mooring rings

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; Pub food ok – slow service – not dog friendly – would not cook sausages for us to take back to dogs on the boat. 2011

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

Brentford (above the gauging locks)

14-day moorings; Mooring rings; water; waste disposal; pump-out; BW showers and loos.

Surprisingly quiet; popular mooring spot so felt secure; moored overnight – no problems. Left boat unattended for a few days – no problems. 2009

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Bugbrooke Wharf – opposite the Wharf Inn (Bridge 36)

 

14-day mooring rings.

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; Left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; Good food at Wharf Inn. 2011

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Bulls Bridge

 

Offside outside of Tesco

 

Mooring rings

 

Water point nearby

 

Quiet when store shut; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few hours – no problems; limited dog-walking; useful access to Tesco and nearby shops. 2011

 

Note: there have since been reports of trouble from rough sleepers/drug dealers at Bulls Bridge

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Catherine De Barnes

 

48-hour moorings; mooring rings

 

Very quiet; moored overnight – no problems; Cross over the canal bridge for a decent pub (dogs allowed in garden only) and a Spar-type shop. 2009

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Cosgrove – above the lock

 

Mooring rings; waterpoint and elsan disposal (but no pump-out) nearby; 48-hour moorings only; moorings officer – Janet Ling – 01908 302581

 

Very quiet; moored overnight – no problems; Barley Mow pub offside (access via ‘horse’ tunnel under the canal) – not dog-friendly (ok in garden) – food ok but poor  service. 2010

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Cassiobury Park

 

Above Iron Bridge Lock

 

None

 

Very quiet; moored overnight – no problems; superb dog-walking in surrounding woods – handy pond offside across the Iron Bridge. 2011

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Cowley – Bridge 189 (Benbow Waye)

 

None

 

Very quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems. 2009

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Cowley – below Cowley Lock

 

Mooring rings

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; Left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; useful park adjacent for dog-walking; Malt Shovel pub lockside – not dog-friendly, food ok.  2011

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Croxley Green – below lock 78

 

None

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; Useful little shops up main road, also a large park, past the Harvester. Harvester pub/restaurant nearby on main road – woeful service. 2010

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

Entrance to Slough Arm

None

Moored overnight – no problems; good dog-walking nearby; traffic noise from M25. 2008

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Fenny Stratford – by Bridge 94

 

Mooring rings

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for several days – no problems; good dog-walking on towpath and adjacent lane. Easy walking distance to Fenny Stratford train station but very few trains. Tesco within easy driving distance. 2009

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

Grand Union Mainline Bridge 8

None

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; towpath in poor repair. 2008

Grand Union

 

Paddington Branch

 

Greenford Visitor Moorings (By Black Horse Pub)

 

Mooring rings; water point nearby; restricted to 14 days in any calendar year.

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; Left boat unattended for several day/weeks – winter mooring – all fine but centre ropes stolen from boat roof. Black Horse pub – good food, dog friendly; 10 minutes walk to Greenford station. 2010

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

The Globe Pub – by Bridge 111

 

Mooring rings

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; Left boat unattended for several days – no problems; Globe pub – dog friendly, good food; Watch out for traffic as towpath in front of pub is also a driveway; Good dog-walking in water meadows nearby. 2011

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Great Linford

 

Offside by park

 

Mooring rings

 

48 – hour

 

Quiet; moored overnigh – no problems; good dog-walking and pond in adjacent park; Nag’s Head pub short walk away – dog-friendly, good pub  grub. 2011

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Grove Lock – above lock

 

None. Limited space because of marina opposite.

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; The Grove pub – not dog-friendly but good food – awkward access over lock beams – no footbridge to pub. 2010

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Hanwell (below Lock 97)

 

None

 

Quiet; left boat unattended for several day – no problems; good dog-walking along the Hanwell lock flight; The Fox pub in nearby street – dog friendly, good food. 2009

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Harefield – above Coppermill Lock

 

None at moorings; water and rubbish point below the lock

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for several day – no problems;  Care with dogs – towpath used for car access; Good food at Coy Carp pub below the lock – not dog friendly. 2011

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

Kings Langley by Bridge 157 (footbridge)

None

Moored overnight – no problems; quiet overnight; park nearby for dogs.  Rose and Crown pub (long walk short drive) does good food – not dog friendly. 2011

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Kings Langley above Lock 70

 

None; shallow further back from the lock.

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems Left boat unattended for several days – no problems; Useful road access and parking by bridge 159. Rose and Crown pub Kings Lagnely town – not dog friendly but very good food. 2011

 

Grand Union Paddington Branch

 

Little Venice – just before Ha’penny bridge (towpath mooring but mooring rings nearer the junction)

 

None at this mooring spot but full services at the junction by Little Venice Basin

 

Quiet; left boat unattended for several days – no problems; 10 minutes walk from Paddington train/tube station and shops/restaurants; small park nearby for dog-walking. 2009

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Long Itchington – by the Two Boats pub

 

Mooring rings

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; Two Boats pub – dog friendly, good plain pub grub; good dog-walking in field by bottom lock. 2011

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

Marsworth Junction (opposite service area)

Water point

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems. 2008

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Marsworth – above bottom lock

 

None

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; Left boat unattended for several days – no problem; tie boat securely here – lots of passing boats, speed variable! Useful car park adjacent with cafe. Two pubs nearby – haven’t eaten at either. 2011

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Marsworth –

 

By Bridge 130

 

None on towpath; rubbish disposal on road by the bridge

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; Left boat unattended for several days – no problem; Red Lion pub dog-friendly but no food on Sunday. 2011

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Nether Heyford – by Bridge 28

 

None

 

Very quiet; moored overnight – no problems. 2009

 

Grand Union Paddington Branch

Paddington Basin

Moorings rings and bollards

Water point (towards Little Venice)

 Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; Left boat unattended for several days – no problem; excellent access to Edgware Road and public transport at Paddington; regularly patrolled by security guards; bit of a wind tunnel at the far end! 2011

Grand Union

 

Mainline

Perivale – opposite Willowtree Cruisers (by Bridge 13)

 

None

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; very good dog-walking nearby; easy walk to Perivale tube station. 2008

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Pitstone Wharf – by bridge 126

 

None; sheet piling

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; good dog walking along towpath and adjacent fields; Duke of Wellington pub nearby – not dog-friendly, poor food. 2009

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Radford Semele – below Bull Bridge (No 34)

 

None

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; Left boat unattended for a few days – mo problems; Good dog walking along towpath and in adjacent woodland; White Lion pub in the village – not dog friendly, good food but poor service. 2009

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

Soulbury Three Locks (bottom lock)

None

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; bit close to the road for dogs. 2008

Grand Union

 

Mainline

Stockton Top Lock

None

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems

Only long-term moorings by the lock; visitor moorings further back opposite boatyard. 2008

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Stoke Bruerne – below bottom lock

 

Mooring rings; waterpoints ad rubbish disposal just below lock; 48-hour moorings near the lock; 14-day moorings a little further back

 

Very quiet; left boat unattended for several days – no problems;  Pubs up the hill in Stoke Bruerne – see next entry! 2010

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Half a mile below bottom lock

 

None – rough uneven towpath mooring but no plank needed

 

Exceptionally quiet; moored overnight – no problems. 2011

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

 

Stoke Bruerne – long pound

Some mooring rings; 24-hour moorings only

Very quiet; moored overnight – no problems; great dog walking; Two pubs above the pound – Navigation Inn – good food but not dog-friendly (garden only); Boat Inn – dog friendly in canalside bar, food ok. 2010

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Tom o’ the Wood moorings

 

Mooring rings; 24-hour moorings; water point above the bridge

 

Moored overnight – no problems; intrusive traffic noise from nearby motorway and train line; Decent dog walking towpath (away from the road bridge); Tom o the Wood pub across the bridge – dog friendly, very good cheap food, comfortable and welcoming. 2009

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

Tring Reservoir

Between lock 39 and 40

None

Quiet; good dog-walking; moored overnight – no problems. 2008

Grand Union

 

Mainline

Warwick – past bridge 45

None

Moored overnight; Trouble with young drunks overnight. Would not leave boat unattended here. 2008

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Warwick – Kate Boats Yard

 

Water point; boatyard facilities and chandlers at yard.

 

Left boat unattended for a few days (by arrangement) – fee payable; Street parking nearby. 2011

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Warwick – opposite Kate Boats (Bridge 49)

 

Mooring rings – 48 hour only

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; 20 minute walk to Warwick eateries. 2011

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Weedon

 

By Bridge 24

 

Mooring rings

 

Some traffic noise but quiet overnight; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; 2011

 

Grand Union

 

Mainline

 

Wolverton (Old) – by bridge 69

 

None; sheet piling.

 

Very quiet overnight, some noise from local industry  during the day; Left boat unattended for several days – no problems; moored overnight – no problems; Few services – Galleon pub by Bridge 68 now open; garage shop/pub/takeaway around half a mile away  – follow bridlepath across the canal at Bridge 69 onto Stafford Road. 2010

 

Grand Union Northampton Arm

 

Bridge 2 – just after the turn from Gayton Junction

 

None

 

Traffic noise from A43; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for several days – no problems; 2010

 

Grand Union

 

River Soar

 

Glen Parva

 

Below Blue Bank Lock

 

None

 

Very quiet; moored overnight – no problems; good dog walking in adjacent fields – watch out for ponies. 2011

 

Grand Union

 

River Soar

 

Kegworth

 

Just before the Devil’s Elbow

 

None

 

Shallow in places

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; good towpath dog walking. 2011

 

Grand Union

 

River Soar

 

Kilby Bridge

 

Mooring rings

 

48-hour by bridge; 14 day further back

 

BW facilities offside

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; good towpath dog-walking but unfenced access to road at the bridge. 2011

 

Grand Union

 

River Soar

 

 

 

Loughborough

 

Towpath immediately after turn onto main channel

 

None

 

Facilities at canal basin nearby

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problem; limited dog walking; good access to town shops and restaurants; useful parking in adjacent industrial estate; train station 15 mins walk – turn left at Bridge 38. 2011

 

Grand Union

 

River Soar

 

Thurmaston

 

Hope and Anchor Bidge

 

None

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; superb dog-walking in adjacent country park; good pub grub at nearby Hope and Anchor pub – not dog-friendly. 2011

 

Grand Union

 

Saltley Cut

 

Star City  pontoons (offside)

 

Secure mooring pontoons (BW key needed)

 

Secure; moored overnight – no problem; quiet overnight but some car noise earlier; restaurants, cinema and other entertainments at adjacent Star City complex;  limited dog-walking offside.2011

 

Kennet and Avon

Aldermaston Wharf – top lock

None

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; 2007

Kennet and Avon

Bath – top lock

Mooring rings

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems 2007

Kennet and Avon

Bathampton – bridge 183

None; plank needed as towpath overgrown

Quiet – some noise from the nearby train line but trains don’t seem to run late. Moored overnight – no problems. The George Inn nearby does good food. 2008

Kennet and Avon

Bradford on Avon – past bottom lock

Mooring rings and bollards (48-hour); rough towpath mooring (14 day)

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; excellent dog-walking; interesting town and good train access to Bath. 2007

Kennet and Avon

Great Bedwyn by bridge 95

Mooring rings. Water, pump-out and waste disposal at Great Bedwyn Wharf on the other side of the bridge

Quiet – some noise from the nearby train line but trains don’t seem to run late. Moored overnight – no problems. The Cross Keys pub (across the canal just beyond the station) is dog-friendly, does good food and has a great atmosphere. 2008

Kennet and Avon

Crofton Pumping Station (bottom lock)

None

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems. 2007

Kennet and Avon

Hilperton Marina

Mooring rings; water point; pump-out; fuel; waste disposal

Mooring by arrangement with the marina; Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems. 2006

Kennet and Avon

Honey Street

Mooring rings (short term moorings); rough towpath mooring (14 day)

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few weeks (by special arrangement with BW!) – no problems; excellent dog-walking. 2006

Kennet and Avon

Horton Bridge – Bridge 134

Moorings rings and landing platform just before the bridge (by the pub).

Very quiet; moored overnight – no problems; The Bridge Inn is dog-friendly and does good food. 2008

Kennet and Avon

Hungerford – bottom lock by the church

None

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems. 2007

Kennet and Avon

Kintbury – above the lock

Mooring rings; water point; waste disposal;

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; good access to small train station. 2007

Kennet and Avon

Kintbury – by Shepherds Bridge (Bridge 73)

None – rough towpath mooring. Plank needed as canal is shallow

Very quiet overnight; Some noise from the nearby train line but trains don’t seem to run late. Moored overnight – no problems; Superior dog-walking over the bridge; magical place if you like a countryside mooring. 2008

Kennet and Avon

Newbury – past bottom lock by Victoria Park

Mooring rings

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems. 2007

Kennet and Avon

Seend bottom lock – opposite the Barge Inn

Mooring rings (24 hour only); water point; waste disposal. Mooring bollards on the pub side of the bridge are 24-hour moorings – easy to mistake them for lock moorings!

Very quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; good pub opposite. 2008

Kennet and Avon

Shenfield Lock – between the lock and the swingbridge

None

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; good dog-walking nearby. 2007

Kennet and Avon

Wilcot – by Wilcot Bridge

None – rough towpath mooring

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems. 2007

Kennet and Avon

Woolhampton – below the lock and swing bridge

None – rough towpath mooring. Plank needed as river edge is shallow.

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; Recommend double springs as river flow is fast and to allow for changes in level. 2008

Lee and Stort Navigation

Cheshunt – by sailing club

Mooring rings

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems. Very convenient for train station and good parking adjacent  2010

Lee and Stort Navigation

Harlow Mill

None

Moored overnight – no problems. 2007

Lee and Stort Navigation

Hertford – top lock

None

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; good dog-walking nearby. 2007

Lee and Stort Navigation

 

Latton Lock near Harlow

 

None

 

Quiet; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems. 2010

 

Lee and Stort Navigation

Southall

None; rough towpath mooring – very shallow on this stretch

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems. 2007

Lee and Stort Navigation

Waltham Abbey – above top lock

None

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; Good dog walking; good access to interesting town. 2007

Macclesfield Canal

 

Kidsgrove Junction – by bridge 98

 

None

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems. 2009

 

 Nottingham Canal

 

Castle Park

 

By Tinkers Lane footbridge

 

Mooring rings

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; good access to superstores nearby; good towpath dog walking. 2011

 

Oxford Canal (North)

 

Newbold on Avon – by the Eastern portal

 

None

 

Very quiet; moored overnight – no problems; Barley Mow pub – slow service, indifferent food, dog-friendly; 2009

 

Oxford Canal (South)

 

Banbury – below Albion Bridge (166)

 

Mooring rings; 14-day moorings; Waste disposal, showers and other BW facilities available just below Banbury Lock.

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; Left boat unattended for a few days – two loose mooring ropes stolen – would not leave boat unattended here again; good dog-walking in water meadows beyond Samuelson Bridge (168); great access to town with large range of shops. 2009

 

Oxford Canal (South)

 

Lower Heyford – between Heyford Wharf Bridge (206) and Mill lift bridge (205)

 

None at mooring; Water and waste disposal available at Heyford Wharf Bridge

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; good dog-walking along towpath (after the bend where the railway line moves away from the canal); very good dog-friendly pub in the village – The Bell. 2009

 

Oxford Canal (South)

 

Napton – below lock 12

 

None

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; good dog walking along towpath; local pubs are dog friendly; Poor service at the Folly Inn by bridge 113; much better service at the Crown in Napton village. 2009

 

Regent’s Canal

City Road Basin

Moorings rings

Quiet; easy access to Angel; Left boat unattended for several days – no problem. 2009

Regent’s Canal

 

Battlebridge Basin – towpath opposite the  basin

 

Some mooring rings

 

Left boat unattended for a few days – no problem. 2010

 

Regent’s Canal

Limehouse Basin

Pontoon moorings (marina); Wall moorings (14 day); Water point; Pump-out; Shore power (on pontoons); Waste disposal and recycling

Great moorings; Secure – even on the wall. Good cheap food at the Cruising Association; Small park for dogs just up Limehouse Cut; The Grapes pub nearby does good food and is dog-friendly; lots of good restaurants around.  2010

River Avon

(Bath – Bristol)

Railings by bus station

None

Moored overnight – no problems; some traffic noise. 2007

River Avon (Bath – Bristol)

Bristol Floating Harbour

Pontoon moorings; shore power; water point; waste disposal

Moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; Crowd and music noise until 3am. Bustling harbour with all the facilities of a big city. Plenty of interesting things to see and do. 2008

River Avon

 

(Stratford)

 

Robert Aickman Lock

 

Below the lock

 

Mooring bollards; 24-hour moorings on lock mooring above and below the lock;

 

Moored overnight – no problems; Quiet overnight through dogs spooked by the faint noise of a bird-scarer; Countryside mooring – no pub/shops nearby. 2009

 

River Avon

 

(Stratford)

 

Stratford on Avon Recreation Ground

 

Some mooring rings

 

Moored overnight – no problems; quiet overnight but sociable passing tourists during the day; good access to Bancroft Basin and the ‘historic’ town; good dog-walking on the recreation ground. 2009

 

River Avon

(Stratford)

Tewkesbury

Quay wall below the lock

Mooring rings

Very quiet; Moored overnight – no problems; towpath is level with the boat roof so slightly awkward access. Good dog walking nearby at Severn Ham. 2008

River Avon

(Stratford)

Tewkesbury

 

Quay wall by the old mill above and downstream of the lock

Mooring rings; rubbish point

Quiet; Moored overnight – no problems; Good dog-walking nearby at Severn Ham; Good access to town centre. 2009

 

River Nene

 

Ashton – above Ashton Lock – moor in the stream on the right

 

None

 

Very quiet; moored overnight – no problems; excellent dog-walking in adjacent meadows; Very scenic moorings; 15 minute’s walk to Ashton Village.  2010

 

River Nene

 

Billing Aquadrome

 

Mooring pontoons in marina; water and electric  available; Good security; Cafes, restaurants, swimming pool, leisure facilities.

 

£6.50 per night

 

Quiet overnight; some noise from funfair etc during the day. Moored overnight – no problem; Left boat unattended for several days – no problem; Very friendly staff. 2010

 

River Nene

 

Irthlingborough – above lock by footlball club

 

Mooring pontoon; waterpoint; pump-out

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; good dog walking in adjacent meadows. 2010

 

River Nene

 

Northampton town moorings (by yellow footbridge)

 

Mooring rings; 48-hour moorings; service pontoon below Beckett Park Lock

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; Good access to Morrison’s supermarket and town centre to the left of the footbridge. 2010

 

River Nene

 

Wadenhoe – above the lock – moorings belong to the Kings Head pub – free but ask permission.

 

Waterpoint

 

Very quiet; moored overnight – no problem;  Kings head pug – dog friendly, excellent food; Excellent dog-walking in fields by church; interesting church. 2010

 

River Nene

 

Wellingborough Embankment

 

Mooring rings; 48-hour moorings; waterpoint nearby

 

Some noise from flour mill adjacent; moored overnight – no; problems; park adjacent for dog-walking; Large Tesco superstore on main road nearby. 2010

 

River Nene

 

Thrapston – UPSTREAM of old road bridge

 

Mooring rings; 48-hour moorings; waterpoint. Note: Tricky approach to moorings.

 

Quiet overnight – some daytime road noise from bridge; moored overnight – no problems; Excellent dog-walking in meadows nearby; Mooring is enclosed but the gate to the road is open so watch the dogs! Woolpack Pub nearby – didn’t try it. 2010

 

River Soar – See Grand Union – River Soar

 

River Thames

 

Abingdon – downstream of Abingdon Bridge

 

Mooring rings; free 5-day mooring

 

Only stopped for an afternoon but seemed like a quiet spot; even quieter upstream of Abingdon Bridge; interesting town to explore; good dog-walking adjacent to the moorings. 2009

 

River Thames

 

Bablock Hythe – just upstream of the Ferryman pub

 

None; free 24-hour moorings

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; good dog-walking in the adjacent meadow; Did not eat at the Ferryman pub – not dog-friendly. 2009

 

River Thames

Boveney Lock – visitor moorings

Mooring bollards below the weir; waste disposal nearby; moor by arrangement with lock keeper.

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; reasonable mooring fee payable to lock-keeper. 2008

River Thames

 

Chertsey Meads

 

Some mooring rings; 24-hour moorings; waste disposal;

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; moorings free of charge; Excellent dog-walking just upstream of the moorings in Dumsey Meadow; Two decent pubs on Chertsey Bridge (upstream of the moorings) but not dog-friendly. 2009

 

River Thames

Cliveden Islands

None

Tiny National Trust islands in the middle of the Thames; Moored for lunch only but overnight possible for a small fee; popular spot but swanky to moor on an island! 2008

River Thames

 

Cliveden Reach

 

None

 

Countryside mooring on the right bank (looking upstream). Very very quiet; moored overnight – no problems; reasonable mooring fee payable; Surrounded by superb dog-walking with no roads or other hazards nearby. 2009

 

River Thames

Cookham – upstream of Cookham Bridge

None

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; good dog-walking; reasonable mooring fee payable; good access to Cookham village. 2007

River Thames

 

Henley on Thames – on the right upstream of Henley Bridge opposite Rod Eyot

 

Mooring rings

 

Secure mooring but some noise on the towpath until 1am; moored overnight – no problems; good dog-walking in adjacent park; reasonable mooring fee payable – get ticket from pay ‘n display machine in the nearby car park; Dog friendly pub with good food – The Little Angel just over Henley Bridge. 2009

 

River Thames

Hurley Lock – just upstream of the lock

None

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; very good dog-walking; reasonable fee payable. 2007

River Thames

 

King’s Lock – near the entrance to Duke’s Cut

 

Mooring posts; moor by arrangement with the lock keeper

 

Very quiet; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; reasonable fee payable; no road access – nearest road is a mile away at Godstow Bridge. Good dog-walking in adjacent fields; nearest pub – the Trout Inn by Godstow Bridge – dogs allowed in the garden, indifferent food and poor service. 2009

 

River Thames

Kingston – upstream of Kingston Bridge

Mooring rings

Moored overnight – no problems; great access to town centre; good dog-walking. 2007

River Thames

 

Lechlade – meadow just below Ha’penny Bridge

 

None; free moorings – not signed but assume 24-hour

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; good dog walking in the adjacent meadow; Interesting town – supermarket and range of promising pubs. Good food at the Swan – dog-friendly. 2009

 

River Thames

Marlow – upstream of Marlow Bridge

None

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; good access to town. Dog walking along towpath and park nearby. 2008

River Thames

 

Moulsford – “Beetle and Wedge” pub moorings

 

Mooring bollards; free overnight mooring for patrons

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; good dog-walking downstream of the pub; superb restaurant in the ‘Beetle and Wedge’ pub – not dog-friendly. 2009

 

River Thames

 

Sandford – lock moorings

 

Mooring rings/bollards; mooring by arrangement with the lock-keeper; reasonable fee payable

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; Good dog walking in the meadow above the lock; Good food at the Kings Arms pub adjacent – not dog-friendly. 2009

 

River Thames

Shepperton – Thames Court pub

 

Mooring rings/bollards; 24-hour moorings

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; bit close to the road for dogs. 2008

River Thames

 

Shepperton – below the lock and weir near the entrance of the River Wey – left hand side looking upstream

 

Mooring rings; strong flows – turn bow into the stream to moor.

 

Moored overnight – no problems; some party noise from boat club opposite (Saturday night); Smart moorings – Weybridge within walking distance 2010

 

River Thames

Sonning – upstream of the lock

None

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems. 2007

River Thames

Staines – downstream of Staines Bridge

Pontoon moorings

Moored overnight – no problems; great access to town centre. 2007

River Thames

Teddington Lock

Mooring bollards in lock cut; mooring by arrangement with the lock keeper

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; Left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; reasonable mooring fee payable. Good dog walking on adjacent common. 2008

River Thames

Thames and Kennet Marina

Everything you can think of!

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; very sociable mooring. 2009

River Thames

The Albany Pub opposite Hampton Court Palace

Mooring pontoons

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; good dog walking; good pub! 2007

River Thames

Wallingford – upstream of the bridge

None

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; reasonable mooring fee payable. 2007

River Thames (Tidal)

 

Royal Docks

 

Mooring chains; water point, rubbish and toilet cassette disposal by arrangement with the sailing school. Locking fee from £350.

 

Subsidised locking (£5) and mooring (£1.25 per foot per week) available with St Pancras Cruising Club flotilla to coincide with the London Boatshow every January. Good dog-walking nearby at Barrier Park, overlooking the Thames Barrier. Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems. 2009

 

River Trent

 

Newark

 

Wall on town side

 

Mooring rings

 

Quiet at night, lots of noise from adjacent scrap-yard during the day; moored overnight – no problems; good access to town shops and sights; good Chinese takeaway – New King Wah;  limited dog-walking; wall a bit high for on/offloading hounds. 2011

 

River Trent

 

Fiskerton

 

Mooring pontoon below Bromley Arms pub

 

Very quiet; moored overnight – no problems; superb dog walking in fields upstream of the village; good pub grub at the Bromley Arms; charming spot. 2011

 

River Trent

 

Muskham Ferry

 

Shore mooring pontoons outside Muskham Ferry pub

 

At right angle to river

 

 

 

Very quiet if you  can avoid rub from mooring ropes; good dog walking in fields upstream of pub; good pub grub at Muskahm Ferry – not dog-friendly; very friendly locals but vicious dog (confined) in house to the right of the pub. 2011

 

River Trent

 

Nottingham

 

County Hall

 

Mooring rings

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; dog walking in park ‘offside; relatively poor access to town/shops but very pleasant spot. 2011

 

River Trent

 

Sawley Cut

 

Sawley Bridge Marina

 

Full marina services & chandlery

 

Fee payable but reciprocal agreement for BWML moorers

 

Quiet; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; pontoon is bit high for easy access to narrowboat deck. 2011

 

River Trent

 

Sawley Cut

 

Sawley

 

Above Sawley Locks

 

None

 

Quiet;  moored overnight – no problems; towpath in good repair and well-lit; good towpath dog-walking. 2011

 

River Weaver

 

Acton Swingbridge

 

Mooring bollards

 

Moored overnight – no problems; some traffic noise from the swigbridge; Leigh Arms nearby – very good food and dog-friendly pub; dogs on leads here as close to the road/bridleway. 2009

 

River Weaver

 

Nantwich – above Town Swingbridge

 

Mooring bollards

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; Full town centre facilities (over swingbridge and turn left at the traffic lights); secure for dogs tight by the mooring but roads nearby. 2009

 

River Weaver

 

Vale Royal – upstream of Vale Royal Lock

 

Sheet piling

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; superb dog-walking in adjacent countryside; no shops of pubs nearby. 2009

 

River Wey

 

Cartbridge – upstream of Cart Bridge

 

None

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; New Inn – canalside pub,  dog-friendly, good food.; good dog-walking across Ashburton Footbridge. 2010

 

River Wey

 

Dapdune Wharf (offside)

 

Free mooring – contact National Trust Office (01483 561389) for permission to moor.

 

Mooring bollards; water point; rubbish disposal

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; interesting waterways museum at the wharf; 15 minute walk to Guildford town centre and train station. 2010

 

River Wey

 

New Haw – above the lock

 

None

 

Some traffic noise from nearby M25; moored overnight – no problem; pub and good Chinese restaurant in New Haw – cross the river by the lock. 2010

 

Shropshire Union

 

Audlem – between Lock 11 and 12

 

Mooring Rings

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; Good pubs nearby; Bridge Inn – good food and dog-friendly. 2009

 

Shropshire Union

 

Beeston – above Iron Lock

 

Mooring rings

 

Moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; Some nose from adjacent train line but otherwise peaceful; good café (the Lock Café) nearby; secure towpath dog-walking but watch for path to the road at the bridge. 2009

 

Shropshire Union

 

Bridge 11

 

None

 

Disastrous mooring spot – towpath too soft for pins and lots of passing traffic – boat pulled adrift more than once; towpath in very bad condition – unsuitable for walking/cycling; good road access from Bridge 11 and useful parking. 2009

 

Shropshire Union

 

Stoak – Bridge 138

 

None

 

Moored overnight – no problems; traffic noise from surrounding motorways but otherwise peaceful and rural; Good pub (Bunbury Inn) in Stoak village (follow footpath across the bridge into the village) – dog-friendly; good secure dog-walking. 2009

 

Shropshire Union

 

Gnosall – between Cowley Tunnel and Bridge 34

 

Mooring rings; waterpoint after Bridge 35

 

Very quiet; moored overnight – no problems; good dog-walking in woodland adjacent to towpath; Boat Inn on Bridge 24 – good food and dog-friendly. 2009

 

Trent & Mersey

 

Branston

 

Near Branston Bridge (34)

 

None

 

Popular towpath moorings

 

Very quiet; moored overnight –no problems; good towpath dog-walking between bridge and lock; good Italian food at Bridge Inn – not dog-friendly. 2011

 

Trent & Mersey

 

Bridge 209

 

None

 

Quiet countryside mooring; left boat unattended for several days – no problems; good dog-walking along towpath. 2009

 

Trent & Mersey

 

Middlewich – above Big Lock

 

Mooring rings

 

Moored overnight – no problems; Good dog-walking in field across from Big Lock; Big Lock pub – dog friendly, indifferent food. 2009

 

Trent & Mersey

 

Rode Heath (above lock 54)

 

None; Sheet piling

 

Quiet; Moored overnight – no problems; Good dog-walking field to the right of Lock 53. 2009

 

Trent & Mersey

 

Weston upon Trent – by Bridge 80

 

None approaching the bridge from the North; mooring rings beyond the bridge.

 

Quiet; Moored overnight – no problems; Saracen’s Head pub – dog-friendly and good food. 2009

 

Staffordshire and Worcester Canal

 

Aldersley Junction

 

None

 

Quiet; Quiet; Moored overnight – no problems; other boats moored there for BCN Challenge. 2011

 

Staffordshire and Worcester Canal

Bird in Hand Pub (by Mitton Chapel Bridge – 7)

 

None; sheet piling.

 

Quiet; Left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; Good dog walking in cemetery over Mitton Chapel Bridge; Bird in Hand pub NOT dog-friendly; The Rising Sun pub – plain pub grub and dog-friendly. 2009

 

Staffordshire and Worcester Canal

Caunsall Bridge – 26

None for the boat but useful car parking just off the road by the bridge.

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems. A storm brought down a tree nearby – may be worth mooring a little nearer Bridge 25. 2008

Staffordshire and Worcester Canal

 

Compton – Bridge 59

 

Mooring rings – may be 48-hour

 

Quiet; left boat unattended for a few days (arranged with BW) – no problems; Useful Nisa shop nearby; decent Chinese/thai takeaway opposite; car park adjacent to mooring. 2011

 

Staffordshire and Worcester Canal

Dimmingsdale Lock (above the lock)

 

None

 

Very quiet; moored overnight – no problems; good dog-walking along towpath. 2009

 

Staffordshire and Worcester Canal

Lower Mitton Bridge – Bridge 5 above

York Street

 

Lock.

Mooring rings; rubbish point, pump out and water nearby in the basin below the lock.

Some pub noise early on but quiet overnight. Moored overnight – no problems. Good access to town and supermarket. Good dog walking nearby at Bridge 7. 2008

Staffordshire and Worcester Canal

Whittington Lock (above the lock)

 

None; sheet piling.

 

Quiet; Moored overnight – no problems; Whittington Inn on main road (10 minutes walk) – good food but not dog-friendly. 2009

 

Stratford Canal

 

Bridge 63

 

Towpath mooring but water and refuse point nearby

 

Left boat unattended for a few days – pins pulled by passing boats but also re-tied by passing boaters! 2009

 

Stratford Canal

 

Hockley Heath – Bridge 25 (not the pub side!)

 

Mooring rings – hard to see in the long grass.

 

Quiet overnight – some traffic noise during the day; moored overnight – no problems; Care with dogs – easy access to road above from towpath; good dog walking across swingbridge 26; Wharf Inn – good food, not dog friendly. 2011

 

Stratford Canal

Lapworth Top Lock – opposite residential moorings just below the  Swallow Cruisers winding hole

None

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems. 2008

Stratford Canal

 

Lapworth Top Lock – just above the lock

 

Mooring rings

 

Quiet; left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; towpath dog-walking but too close to the road for off-lead rummaging here. 2009

 

Stratford Canal

 

Wilmcote

 

None on 14-day moorings; mooring rings on the 48-hour moorings by the bridge.

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; Left boat unattended for a few days – no problems; useful train station nearby; two dog-friendly pubs in the village; Good village shop; Good dog-walking along towpath. 2009

 

Stourbridge Canal

Stewponey – above Stourton top lock

None

Very quiet and rural; Moored overnight – no problems; Safe dog-walking up the towpath. 2008

Walsall Canal

 

Walsall Town Arm

 

Mooring rings; mooring pontoons in the basin

 

Moored overnight – no problems; Lots of passersby but quiet overnight; Left boat unattended for a few days – no problems – other boats moored there after BCN Challenge; useful train station nearby; comprehensive town centre shopping adjacent. 2011

 

Wyrley and Essington Canal

 

Pelsall – near Pelsall Junction (Fingerpost pub)

 

None; Shallow edge but no plank needed.

 

Quiet; moored overnight – no problems; Left boat unattended for a few days – no problems – other boats moored  for Pelsall Festival; good dog walking in adjacent meadows; Fingerpost pub – good food. 2011

 

21 Responses to “Indigo Dream’s Rough Guide to Moorings!”

  1. Nice and usefull post, thanks, this is one for my bookmarks!

  2. indigodream said

    Thanks for the positive feedback – that’s the first comment we’ve had about the ‘rough guide’. I guess actions speak louder than words – it IS the most visited bit of the blog!

  3. Gillie said

    Thanks for this very informative and now one of my bookmarks too….I see there are no charges for any of the moorings listed…I know most are free but we paid £25 a night in the floating Harbour Bristol last year…and wondered if there might be similar charges in other cities..( London is particular)…that you have not listed.

    Thanks again…It would be lovely if boaters could enter their own good moorings somewhere to form a database..so much more personal and informative than a Nicholsons entry!

  4. indigodream said

    Hi Gillie

    Thanks for the encouraging comment – much appreciated.

    I’ve tried to list where a fee is payable but I haven’t listed the actual cost, mainly because I don’t always log what we paid, and partly because the actual fee might change and I don’t want people to be disappointed if the fee’s gone up since they read this page!

    We’ve found that charges vary greatly but the London canals seem to have the usual BW ‘free 14 days on the towpath’ provision (with some areas limited to 48-hour or 7 days). The marinas tend to charge (variable) but the nicest surprise is that Paddington Basin is free. We did come across a nice arrangement between BW marinas – if you have a long-term mooring at one BW marina then there may be a reciprocal arangement which allows you to moor for free (short term) in a different BW marina.

    The non-tidal Thames is a moveable feast – mooring fees vary from £3 a nigh to £10 a night though we’ve found that many pubs on the river have free 24-hour moorings – what a great excuse to stop for a beer 🙂

  5. indigodream said

    Hi Gillie

    I should have said that we too drew a deep breath when we found out how much it cost to moor at the floating harbour 🙂

    Worth every penny but sadly too expensive to linger…..

  6. Good guide. My friend has tried several of the Staffordshire and Worcester moorings you recommend and agrees with your comments. I’m going to try out your Thames moorings in the new year.

  7. Dave & Chris NB Silkwood said

    Thankyou your mooring info is helpful.
    We are entering new territory in the Spring when we move from Stockton Top marina to Acton Bridge (209) moorings.
    Hope to cruise the Weaver in April.

  8. indigodream said

    Hi Silkwood, did we met you in Tewkesbury last year?

    Glad the guide to moorings has been useful – we can definitely recommend the Weaver – it’s lush.

  9. Dave & Chris NB Silkwood said

    We are one of 12 owners, it may have been one of our fellow owners that cruised around Tewkesbury last year.
    We have not cruised that area ourselves.

  10. indigodream said

    Ah, that explains it – we’ve met Silkwood twice – on the Thames in Reading and again in Tewkesbury – different crews each time.

    Maybe we’ll get to meet her with you on board one day……

  11. kate said

    Hi haven’t got a boat yet, but your rough guide to moorings is extremely helpful. Very sad that Warwick was one of the few places you had problems with as i live in Coventry. Thank you Kate

  12. indigodream said

    Hi Kate, thanks for the feedback – we’ll be updating the guide soon to add the places we’ve moored in 2010 but Warwick remains the only place where we’ve had trouble!

    I think we were just unlucky in Warwick, though the local moorings officer has said that the towpath is a route for people commuting from the pubs. I haven’t heard of other people having trouble, especially on the moorings by Tesco.

  13. Rose said

    This is so handy! Thanks very much for it.

  14. Greygal said

    Now that we might be doing our own HH odyssey next year, this page has been incredibly useful – not least in reassuring me that it will be okay to leave the little one from weekend to weekend!

  15. Catharine said

    Just found your Rough Guide and think it’s great as we are planning a cruise this year which is always a little tricky from long distance.

    Thank you

  16. Lynn said

    Just planning this year’s 2 month cruise from Shebdon to Oxford and back in a big circle – this will be great for us and the dog!

  17. Freespirit said

    Just found your guide. Excellent!! If you are thinking of incorporating other boaters experience’s, the one place we will never moor again, even though it appeared to be an idylic spot, is a place called Windmill End on the Dudley no 2 canal. The local youths found it highly amusing to fire all sorts of missiles at us, even waiting as we went under the bridge to bombard us with glass bottles. If you would like to read the post please go to http://nbfreespirit.blogspot.com/2011/06/bad-ending-to-good-day.html

  18. indigodream said

    We’ve also had a note from nb Scholar Gypsy – “Irthlingborough on the Nene there was still (2011) no water point pump out or Elsan disposal. I think they have been shut for a few years, due to disagreements between the football club and the council. I had to search quite hard to find an Elsan point between Northampton and Peterborough…”

  19. Chris said

    Good guide, v. useful.

    “Weaver / Nantwich”. Is that perhaps a typo for Northwich ?

  20. indigodream said

    You’re absolutely right Chris – the guide needs an update so I’ll change it shortly – thanks 🙂

  21. Phil and Sue N.B. Varekai said

    Phil and Sue N.B. Varekai
    Really useful site, Thank you. We have been looking for information on safe moorings. We have started to mark good moorings in our Nicholsons Guides. Ashby is much improved from 3 years ago with plenty of moorings above Hinckley and all safe with no problems.
    Ashby Boat Co really helpful when had a problem and their engineer Trevor stayed late to meet us and help – worth noting
    Thanks again

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