Staffordshire Boating Holidays

A canal boat holiday from Gailey marina is the perfect place to discover parts of the West Midlands, Staffordshire, Cheshire and Shropshire. Travel along the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, where you head north towards the Potteries and the Peak District, or go further afield into Shropshire towards the Cheshire Plains, discovering its dramatic scenery.

Phone: 01902 790612
Phone to book: 0330 333 0590 (Free UK calls)
Address: Gailey Wharf, Gailey, ST19 5PR
Berths: 2-8

Maps / Guides

Nicholson: N2, N3, N4
Lockmaster: L10, L16
Pearsons: P1, P3, P4

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Gailey Marina Boat Hire

Gailey Wharf is situated just off the A5 in Staffordshire, England within cruising distance reach of the counties of West Midlands, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Cheshire.

This means a variety of routes are available from Gailey Base, from city breaks to the wonderfully varied Four Counties Ring.


Cruising from Gailey Base offers something for everyone.  Our variety of canal boats are built on-site to a superb standard with a unique feel to each one. Sizes range from the sweet 42ft 2/4 berth Nene, up to the 69ft 8 berth Goose.

Fancy getting away from it all?

Try a relaxing cruise from Gailey Wharf to Norbury for a short break, or continue to Nantwich – ideal for beginners.  More energetic routes from Gailey Marina include the Black Country Ring, the Stourport Ring, and the Four Counties Ring.

Directions to Gailey Marina



If you are approaching by the M6 motorway or from the east, exit the M6 at junction 12. Take the A5 westbound, heading towards Telford. After 1/2 mile you will pass a lay-by on the left followed by a speed camera. The boatyard entrance is on the left immediately after the speed camera road markings. If you miss it, continue 1/2 mile to the roundabout and back track.

If you are approaching from the West take the A5 heading eastbound towards the M6 from the Gailey roundabout. After 1/2 mile you’ll pass a petrol station on your left, look right for a round tower house. The boatyard entrance is on the right immediately after the canal bridge.


From Birmingham International and East Midlands take a National Express coach or train to either Stafford or Wolverhampton then taxi the last 7 miles to the Marina. Taxis should be waiting outside stations / coach depot. Please see for details on national coach travel.


The nearest main line rail stations are Wolverhampton (from the South) or Stafford (from the North). Both have taxi ranks and the boatyard is about 8 miles distance.

The village of Penkridge has a local branch line rail station with infrequent connections from either Wolverhampton or Stafford, but there is no taxi rank.

There is a taxi service in the village centre. The boatyard is 3 miles distance.  




Here are some useful resources for information regarding Gailey Marina.

Train times & tickets
Birmingham Airport
East Midlands Airport


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Featured Routes

Featured routes from Gailey Marina, Staffordshire

Caldon Canal & Return

An alternative to the Four counties ring, but equally energetic. You will head up towards the Peak District and enter the Churnet Valley with its stunning countryside. 

Chester or Ellesmere Port & Return

This is a boating holiday for anyone who wants to escape to Cheshire's best countryside in the company of wildlife and nature. But it's also the story of salt, Romans, lost treasure, civil war, the amazing National Waterways Museum and the boat lift hailed as a masterpiece of engineering!

Nantwich and return

Leaving Gailey, you head south down the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal to Autherley Junction then cruise the Shropshire Union with Market Drayton, Audlem and Nantwich along the way.

Stourport & Return

Gailey to Stourport on Severn – through Autherley & Aldersley Junctions, Bratch Locks, Stourton Junction, Kinver, Wolverley, Kidderminster and back

The Black Country Ring (anticlockwise)

Maps & Guides for this route: P1, N3, L12 | Click here buy maps

The Four Counties Ring

The Four Counties Ring – A varied route taking in parts of the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, the Trent & Mersey Canal, the Middlewich Branch and the Shropshire Union Canal. The route includes two tunnels, over 15 aqueducts, and 94 locks - can be done in 7 nights or a more relaxing 14 nights.

The Stourport Ring

A route which takes in the whole of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal and parts of the River Severn, the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal and the Birmingham Canal Navigations. Can be done in 7 nights or a more relaxing 14 nights.


Short Breaks

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

Great Haywood & Return

Secret stories lie hidden in the landscape of this route as it skips through sheep-filled countryside with idyllic locks and charismatic red-brick bridges. In only three nights away on the water, you’re treated to unforgettable days full of tranquil drama.

Market Drayton & Return

A lazy, leafy, mostly lock-free journey along the canal that refused to climb hills. Your route will lead you through unusual canal cuttings, over bridges and aqueducts and take you on a deliciously green tour that merely skims the distant outskirts of the urban Midlands before bursting into the tranquil haven of the Shropshire countryside.

Norbury & Return

Perfect route for beginners or just to relax and unwind. Cruise down the ‘Staffie’ canal to join the Shropshire Union to Norbury, taking in the villages of Brewood and Wheaton Aston on the way. Pretty countryside and plenty of places to stop for a drink too.

Stone and return

Travel up the Trent & Mersey to the market town of Stone.


Featured Boats

Featured Boats from Gailey Marina, Staffordshire

Six to eight berth Boats

Alvechurch Duck

Max: 6 People

Length: 60ft

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Alvechurch Goose

Max: 8 People

Length: 69ft

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Alvechurch Gull

Max: 6 People

Length: 66ft

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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 Kestrel

Max: 4 People

Length: 49ft

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Alvechurch Wren

Max: 4 People

Length: 49ft

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Viking Nene

Max: 4 People

Length: 42ft

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