Canal Boating from Blackwater Meadow Marina

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Blackwater Meadow Marina on the Llangollen canal in Shropshire

Birch Road, Ellesmere, Shropshire. SY12 9DD

Cruise in the spectacular countryside of the Dee Valley, marvel at two aqueducts the Chirk and the magnificent Pontcysyllte. Visit Llangollen home to the world famous Eisteddfod.
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Cruising Routes

  • Cheshire Ring >
  • Chester And Return From Blackwater >
  • Four Counties Ring >
  • Llangollen And Return From Blackwater >
  • Nantwich And Return From Blackwater >
  • Things to do

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      Pontcysyllte Aqueduct - Built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop and opened in 1805 it spans 1000 feet over the Dee Valley, cross over in a narrow boat and experience the feeling of being suspended in mid air.
    • 2
      Llangollen - World famous for the annual International Musical Eisteddfod when each July over 4,000 competitors from more than fifty countries come together in a gala of song, music and dance.
    • 3
      Chirk Aqueduct - 70ft high with ten huge circular arches spanning the River Ceiriog it is flanked by an equally sturdy railway viaduct and was completed in 1801 by its architects and builders Thomas Telford and William Jessop.
    • 4
      Chirk Castle - Owned by the National Trust this rectangular Marches fortress has spectacular views over the surrounding countryside view the award winning gardens.


    • Directions By Road
      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 town centre.

      Turn left just after the garage, and enter 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.
    • Directions By Rail
      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).
    • Nearest Airport
      Birmingham International airport is only about 1.5 hours by train to Gobowen, get taxi 8 miles to marina from there, by car is also 1.5 hours direct to marina from airport. Manchester and Liverpool airports are about 2 hours by train to Gobowen. Taxi to marina. Or 1 hour by car to marina from airports
    • Local Accommodation
      Please check or for special rates.
    • Taxi Information
      Dave's - Tel: 01691 622132 / 07779 339801
      Lionel's - Tel: 01691 690319 / 07831 308994 Car Hire
    • Groceries
      Co-op Mini Super Market - Ellesmere
      Spar Mini Super Market - Ellesmere
      Tesco Superstore - Ellesmere