Marina Services



Boating Holidays

Visit UK Boat Hire the waterways holiday specialists with 14 bases across England, Scotland and Wales.

Narrowboat Holidays

Boat Maintenance

Let us look after your boat so you can spend your time enjoying your cruising.

Boatyard Services


We operate 14 marinas on the UK's inland waterways and can offer all services from moorings to full repairs.

Inland Waterways Marinas.
View UK Canal Map....

Brokerage & Boat Sales

Comprehensive boat sales operation and the first place you should visit if you are looking for a used canal boat or narrowboat.

Secondhand Boat Sales.


Visit our comprehensive online chandlery store at ABCWebchandler.

Extensive chandlery range.


Directions to the boatyard in various formats as well as our full address.

Directions and location


The team at Blackwater Meadow Marina look forward to welcoming you for your boating holiday, or quoting to carry out work on your own boat.

Blackwater Meadow Marina is located by the Llangollen Canal on the outskirts of  the beautiful market town of Ellesmere in Shropshire which dates back to at least Anglo Saxon times.

The attractive marina is well equipped with a shop selling boat spares, canal maps, guides and confectionary. On the site there are boats for sale,  mooringswith electric hook ups, wi fi and full marina services including a dry dock for out of the water repairs.

The marina is operated by ABC Leisure Group one of the leading companies on the Uk canal network who have another eight marinas strategically placed around the canal network, they have an excellent reputation for building high quality bespoke narrow boats, and can provide everything for the canalboat owner, or potential owner .

The marina provides great cruising in one direction across the magnificent Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (Now a World Heritage site) to Llangollen which nestles within the beautiful Dee Valley in the North East of Wales. In the other direction you can travel through rural countryside and small villages toward Hurleston Junction on the Shropshire Union canal and then on to places like Chester, Middlewich, Market Drayton and many more.

Waterways World – January 2011

‘Thank you Blackwater Marina’

I would like to praise the helpfulness and friendliness of manager and staff of Blackwater Marina, Ellesmere.

My sister and I had our first ‘ladies only’ holiday and we had arranged to meet our husbands on the Friday at Ellesmere, so we could all cruise back to our base at Nantwich over the weekend. First, however, we needed somewhere to park a car, and secondly a pump-out, which on a Friday at a hire base we thought would be impossible.

But no, when we called in the manager was amazing, so helpful. So a big thank you to all at Ellesmere Marina.

Anne Woodhouse,
Nb Casper