Useful Links

Useful Links to Companies relating to Narrowboating

Only quality websites can be listed on this directory.

Whilton Marina's Sister Companies

Whilton Caravan & Container Storage



Situated at Whilton Marina. They were established in 1996 and provide storage for caravans and motorhomes. They also have self storage containers available to rent month by month at competetive prices.

 whiltoncaravanstorage.co.uk

 
Venetian Marina



Venetian Marina is in Cheshire and lies on the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal.  Venetian Marina, Like Whilton Marina, buy sell and care for narrowboat. They also have moorings and facilities for narrowboats.

 venetianmarina.co.uk

 
Cosgrove Park



Cosgrove Park  is one of England's finest leisure parks.  Located on the picturesque South Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire border and set in 180 acres of beautiful parkland, featuring twelve lakes, two rivers and the Grand Union is on our door step.  We have miles of local trails for walking and cycling, or simply observe our extensive range of wildlife.  We offer a range of recreational and leisure facilities including our heated outdoor swimming pool.

 cosgrovepark.co.uk

Useful Waterways Information

 
Inland Waterways Association



Inland Waterways Association is a charity that campaigns for use, maintenance and restoration of all Britain's Inland Waterways.

 waterways.org.uk

 
Canal Junction



Canal Junction is a like a website directory for boating.  You can find maps, cruising guides, links to canal hire companies and waterways services on this website.

 canaljunction.com

 
Canal and River Trust



Canal and River Trust is a charity entrusted with the care of 2,000 miles of the Inland Waterways network in England and Wales.

 canalrivertrust.org.uk

 
Environment Agency



Environment Agency is a UK government agency concerned mainly with rivers, flooding and pollution.  Some navigable rivers are looked after them.

 environment-agency.gov.uk

 
Jim Shead

Jim Shead is an encyclopedia of the canals and rivers of England and Wales including historical data provided by Jim Shed, Waterways Writer and Photographer.

 jim-shead.com

 
Whilton & Buckby Locks Association



hilton & Buckby Locks Association is a local canal voluntary organisation.

 wbla.org.uk



Narrowboat Magazines

Waterways World Magazine
 


Waterways World Magazine is the biggest-selling and longest established inland waterways magazine.  Every month, they explore the waterways system, test the latest boats and equipment, and look into the history and heritage of our canals.

 waterwaysworld.com

 
Towpathtalk



Towpathtalk is a FREE feature-packed monthly newspaper covering life and leisure around the UK's extensive canal network.  From fascinating insights into life on the canal, to great places to explore whilst on a holiday.  You can pick up your FREE copy at most local marinas.

 towpathtalk.co.uk

 
Canal Boat Magazine



Canal Boat Magazine is the magazine championing waterways and boating, providing boat tests, advice, cruising ideas and canal updates.  It is essential for anyone with an interest in narrowboats.

 canalboat.co.uk

 
The Tillergraph



The Tillergraph is a free glossy magazine about narrowboating.

 TillerGraph.co.uk


   

Narrowboat Finance

Pegasus



Pegasus Finance provide finance for narrow boats, caravans, and holiday homes
Telephone: 0800 066 2882
pegasusmarinefinance.co.uk/inland-boat-finance/

Narrowboat Insurance

Collidge & Partners
 
Collidge & Partners insurance underwriting agents for narrowboats for both residential and pleasure use. They pride themselves on offering value for money and excellent customer service.

 collidgeandpartners.co.uk

 
Towergate Insurance



Towergate Insurance narrowboat insurance which covers you on inland waterways and interconnecting tidal waters and has been carefully designed to include a choice of covers to complement the needs of narrowboats, liveaboard narrowboats and canal cruisers.

 towergateinsurance.co.uk

 
Haven Knox-Johnson



Haven Knox-Johnson narrowboat insurance for all types of boat including narrowboats. Haven Knox  Johnston pride themselves on offering competitive pricing.

 boatinsure.co.uk

 
Compare Insurance



Compare Insurance is one of the UK's leading specialists in boat insurance, offering a wide range of boat insurance comparisons we can find the right quote for you.

 compare-boat-insurance.co.uk

 Narrowboat Hire

Napton Narrowboats

Napton Narrowboats canal boat hire company, based at Napton Marina on the Grand Union Canal and Autherley Junction Shropshire Union Canal at Wolverhampton.

 napton-marina.co.uk

 
Black Prince



Black Prince canal boat hire company. Choose to take your canal boat holiday from a choice of nine holiday hire bases, from the Peak District to the Midlands, Cheshire, Cambridge, Oxford, Wiltshire, Scotland, Wales and London, each with their own unique routes to help you discover more on your UK narrowboat holiday. 

 black-prince.com

 
Kate Boats



Kate Boats narrowboats hire company based in Warwickshire. Narrowboat holidays in the heart of the countryside.  

 kateboats.co.uk

 
Rose Narrowboats



Our wide range of canal holiday hire boats means there’s one right for you. To ensure your comfort and enjoyment every canal boat is fully equipped with all the furnishings, equipment and utensils you are likely to need.

 rose-narrowboats.co.uk

 
Valley Cruises

Valley Cruises is a small family operated luxury narrowboat hire firm offering you the high standards of service and accommodation for canal breaks. Based on the Coventry Canal.

 valleycruises.co.uk

 
Oxfordshire Narrowboats



Oxfordshire Narrowboats canal holidays, narrowboat holidays and narrowboat day hire company based in Oxfordshire.

 oxfordshire-narrowboats.co.uk

Narrowboat Handling Courses
 

RYA



Inland waterways helmsman's courses (IWHC certificate)
  
 rya.org.uk


 
Islington Boat Club
Islington-boat-club-run-RYA-inland-waterways-training-courses

             A Central London RYA training centre, ICC/CEVNI test centre and boat club running RYA Inland Waterways Helm and Crew Courses.

 islingtonboatclub.com

 
Willow Wren

They are based on the Grand Union Canal st Stockton near Rugby.                           
  
 willowwrentraining.co.uk     


 Mail Forwarding Company

Royal Mail



Redirecting UK Mail

 royalmail.com

 
Waterways Mail



A postal solution for boaters

 waterwaysmail.co.uk

       

Waterways Services

Boat Safety Examiners/Surveyors

Craig Allen

07973 939123

 craig-allen-marine.co.uk

 
Trevor Whitling

01788 824191 or 07767 888255

 whitlingmarine.com

 
Michael Clarke

01604 858868 or 07944 856351

 northernstarmarine.co.uk

 
Chris Williams

Ovation Boat Services - 07963 974 793

 ovationboatservices.co.uk

Boat Painters and Sign Writers

Darren Williams

01604 757016 or 07808 773271

 dwcanalboatsignwriter.co.uk

 
Andy Russell

01635 850853 or 07947338700 traditional and unique sign writing of narrowboats.

 theboatpainter.co.uk


Marine Breakdown Cover

River Canal Rescue



They operate breakdown and recovery assistance across the UK inland waterways 24/7 for an annual fee.

 rivercanalrescue.co.uk

Narrowboat Craning and Transportation

A B Tuckey



They are specialist transportation of canal and narrow boats, with generations of experience in crane operations and heavy goods vehicles.

 abtuckey.co.uk

Equipment and Supplies

Narrowboat Chandlers

Whilton Marina Chandlery



The shop situated at Whilton Marina, beside Lock 13 at the bottom of the Buckby flight on the Grand Union Canal is stocked with chandlery, gifts, groceries, beers and wines under the new management of Bim and Tom. You can also buy gas, diesel, kindling, logs & coal and a pump out facility is available, all at competitive prices.  They are happy to help you with all your boating needs, and if they haven't got what you want, they'll order it for you!

 wmc-online.co.uk

 
Midland Chandlers



They are based in Braunston, Penkridge, Preston Brook and Willington, Derbyshire.

 midlandchandlers.co.uk

 
Aquafax



Middlewich, Cheshire

 aquafax.co.uk

 
Wharf House Narrowboats



Braunston

 wharfhouse.co.uk

Buckby Ware

Black Country Metalworks


 blackcountrymetalworks.co.uk

Narrowboat Furniture and Upholstery

Wilsons


They are specialists in narrowboat upholstery, furniture, canopies and cratch covers.

 wilsoncovers.co.uk

Narrowboat Canopies

Wilsons


They are specialists in narrowboat upholstery, furniture, canopies and cratch covers.

 wilsoncovers.co.uk


AJ Canopies



They are based in Braunston, Northants

 ajcanopies.co.uk

 
Kniver Canopies



They are based in Stourbridge West Midlands

 kinvercanopies.co.uk

 
CoverIt

They are based in Manchester.

 coverit.co.uk


Windows For Narrowboats

Channel Glaze



They are specialist manufacturers of narrow boat windows.

 channelglaze.com

 

Diesel Engines

Thorneycroft Engines
 

 thornycroftparts.co.uk

 
Russell Newbury



  
 russellnewbery.com

 
Barrus Marine

 barrus.co.uk


Narrowboat Builders

Les Wilson Narrowboats

 
 
 leswilsonnarrowboats.co.uk

 
Colecraft Narrowboats

 

 colecraftboats.co.uk

 
Wharf House Narrowboats LTD


 wharfhouse.co.uk

Canal DVDs

Canal DVDS

  

 canal-dvds.com

Useful Links on getting to and staying near Whilton Marina

Taxi Companies and National Rail

A2B Taxis



Daventry- 01327 844800 or 07920 000092  
  
 taxisdaventry.com

 
Link Hire Taxis



Daventry - 01327 704000 or 01327 876868

 linkhiretaxis.co.uk

 
Long Buckby Village Shuttle

01327 842962 

 
National Rail Enquiries



 nationalrail.co.uk

 
The Tranline



Trains to Long Buckby
 
 
 www.thetrainline.com

Accommodation near Whilton Marina (See our separate list for accommodation nearby)

Out and About near Whilton Marina, Daventry, Northamptonshire  

Whilton Mill (Karting)



 whiltonmill.co.uk

Heart of the Shires


 
 heartoftheshires.co.uk

Whilton Locks Flooring
 
whiltonlocks.co.uk

 
Whilton Locks Garden Village



 wlgv.co.uk



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