Shropshire Boating Holidays

Blackwater Marina is situated close to the Ellesmere Arm on the Llangollen Canal, which offers scenic beauty and breath-taking engineering. Blackwater Meadow Marina is Our closest base to Llangollen if you want to visit on a short break.

Phone: 01691 624391
Phone to book: 0330 3330 590 (Free UK calls)
Address: Birch Rd, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 9DD
Berths: 2-10

Maps / Guides

Nicholson: N4
Lockmaster: L8
Pearsons: P3

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Blackwater canal boat hire

Surrounded by beautiful scenery and breath-taking engineering, the Llangollen canal is one of the most popular canals routes in England.

6 hours of cruising from Blackwater Marina will get you to one of the most striking features on the U.K canal network, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct – which is one of the seven wonders of the waterway.


Blackwater Meadow Marina is our closest base to Llangollen if you want to visit on a short break. Or if you fancy a longer break (7-10 nights) you can visit Chester and walk along the City Walls.

Before or after your holiday why not visit The Mere at Ellesmere. An award winning Park with a beautiful lake and gardens, woodland walks and historic parkland on the edge of this famous medieval market town.

There are 9 boats available from Blackwater Meadow Marina, ranging from the 49 foot 4 berth Grebe to the 70 foot 10 berth Owl.

Directions to Blackwater Marina



Blackwater Meadow Marina is situated in Ellesmere, Shropshire approximately 16 miles North West of Shrewsbury

North and South take the M54/A5 towards Shrewsbury and then follow A528 to Ellesmere. On arrival in Ellesmere, follow signs for the town centre. Turn left just after the garage and enter the one-way system. The Marina is sign-posted left. You are now on Birch Road and the marina is situated approximately half a mile on the left


The nearest airports to the marina are Birmingham International, Manchester Airport and Liverpool Airport. 




From London, Euston station to Shrewsbury. Then change and take train to Chester which passes through Gobowen. Leave train at Gobowen and take Taxi to Blackwater Meadow Marina (5 miles).


Here are some useful resources for information regarding Blackwater Meadow.

Train times & tickets
Birmingham International
Liverpool Airport


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Featured Routes

Featured routes from Blackwater Meadow Marina, Shropshire

Chester or Ellesmere Port & Return

Maps & Guides for this route: P3, N4, L8 | Click here buy maps

Llangollen and return

Past Frankton Junction, through Chirk, across Chirk Aqueduct then Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and back.

The Cheshire Ring

This Ring takes in parts of the Llangollen Canal, Shropshire Union Canal, Trent & Mersey Canal, Bridgewater Canal, Ashton Canal, Peak Forest Canal and all of the Macclesfield Canal. The route from Blackwater Meadow takes in several tunnels and aqueducts, countless lift bridges, swing bridges and snake bridges, and 138 locks

The Four Counties Ring

This is one of the more rural cruising rings taking you through the counties of Cheshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire andthe West Midlands.


Short Breaks

The following are suggested routes for short break canal holidays from Blackwater Meadow Marina

Chirk & Return

A peaceful journey spiced with engineering marvels and natural beauty. 

Llangollen & Return (Short Break)

This spectacular journey not only oozes natural beauty, it also showcases the manmade diva of Britain's canals – Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.


Featured Boats

Featured Boats from Blackwater Meadow Marina, Shropshire

Six to eight berth Boats

Alvechurch Eagle

Max: 7 People

Length: 66ft

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Alvechurch Lark

Max: 6 People

Length: 66ft (63ft from Falkirk)

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Alvechurch Warbler

Max: 8 People

Length: 69ft

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Two to Five berth Boats

Alvechurch Swift

Max: 4 People

Length: 49ft

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Alvechurch Plover

Max: 5 People

Length: 58ft

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Alvechurch Wren

Max: 4 People

Length: 49ft

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Up to twelve berth Boats

Alvechurch Owl

Max: 10 People

Length: 70ft

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