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Moorings & Marina Facilities

Midway Boats Barbridge Marina Moorings
At Barbridge Marina there are extensive moorings along both banks of the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal with the capability of berthing up to 70 narrow boats. We also have some space available for casual moorers. Please call 01270 528482 or use our 'Contact Us' page for availability and confirmed prices.
 
The towpath is on the opposite side of the canal and access to the marina facilities is across 'Wardle Roving Bridge No.1' at the canal junction. The marina side moorings (pictured above) are grassed with no towpath, but on the same side as the boatyard facilities and car parking area.
Canal Side Barbridge Marina
 
Our moorings are located at the junction of the Shropshire Union Canal and the Middlewich branch which enables cruising in all directions. North to Chester, South to Nantwich and beyond, West on to the Llangollen Canal and East onlong the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal to the Trent & Mersey Canal which provides many more miles of canal network to explore and enjoy.
Moorings Barbridge Marina
Wharf Barbridge Marina

Marina Facilities

Midway Boats Barbridge Marina in Cheshire, is on the banks of the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union canal at Barbridge Junction. The Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal runs between Middlewich, where it joins the Trent and Mersey Canal, and Barbridge Junction, where it joins the main line of the Shropshire Union Canal.

Midway Boats has been managed and owned by the current owners since 1992, but there has been a boatyard on this site since the 1960's. The marina is family run and offers the personal attention and a warm friendly welcome.

Approximately 100m from Barbridge Junction and Barbridge Roving Bridge No.1, our marina is capable of providing moorings, depending on sizes moored, for up to 70 river cruisers and narrowboats on both sides of the canal. We usually have a good selection of quality used narrowboats and river cruisers available to purchase, but we can also buy boats in for stock without an outgoing sale.

Our chandlery has a wide variety of products to assist with maintaining your life on the waterways.

A day hire narrowboat is available to rent for a one off single day's enjoyment and is perfect for celebrations, special events or just for a day's cruising the canal. Although this day hire boat is not allowed through any of the locks, there is still up to 10 miles of canal to explore in three directions, enough for a day's crusing.

Our facilities include:

  • Moorings for up to 70 boats
  • Chandlery
  • Bottled gas supplies
  • Chemical toilet disposal
  • Chemical toilet disposal suitable for DIY pump-out
  • Toilets
  • Wharf
  • Slipway
  • Used narrowboat and river cruiser boat sales
Wharf Barbridge Marina

Barbridge Marine our site partner can also provide:
Barbridge Marine

  • Engineering workshop
  • New and used sport boat sales
  • Outboard sales and servicing

More About the Shropshire Union Canal

The Shropshire Union Canal (Middlewich Branch) is a narrow canal and is part of the Shropshire Union Canal. It runs for through 3 locks from Barbridge Junction (where it joins the Shropshire Union Canal (Chester Canal - Nantwich to Bunbury)) to Wardle Lock No 4 (where it joins the Trent and Mersey Canal (Wardle Lock Branch)).

The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 72 feet long and 7 feet wide. The maximum headroom is 8 feet. The maximum draught is 4 feet and 10 inches.

The navigational authority for this waterway is Canal & River Trust.

The Shropshire Union Canal is a navigable canal in England. The Llangollen and Montgomery canals are the modern names of branches of the Shropshire Union system and lie partially in Wales.

The canal lies in the counties of Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire in the north-west midlands of England. It links the canal system of the West Midlands, at Wolverhampton, with the River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, 66 miles (106 km) distant.

The Shropshire Union main line runs southeast from Ellesmere Port on the River Mersey to the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal at Autherley Junction in Wolverhampton. Other links are to the Llangollen Canal (at Hurleston Junction), the Middlewich Branch (at Barbridge Junction), which itself connects via the Wardle Canal with the Trent and Mersey Canal, and the River Dee (in Chester). With two connections to the Trent and Mersey (via the Middlewich Branch and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal) the Shropshire Union is part of an important circular and rural holiday route called the Four Counties Ring.

The Shropshire Union main line was the last trunk narrow canal route to be built in England. It was not completed until 1835 and was the last major civil engineering accomplishment of Thomas Telford.

The name "Shropshire Union" comes from the amalgamation of the various component companies (Ellesmere Canal, Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal, Montgomeryshire Canal) that came together to form the Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company. The main line between Nantwich and Autherley Junction was almost built as a railway although eventually it was decided to construct it as a waterway.

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