Colwick Park has a fantastic collection of wildlife. With wild bird migrations yearly and many species of butterfly, dragonflies and more, it is well worth exploring. There is so much to see in Colwick Park that many boaters will be spoilt for choice. The West Lake in Colwick Country Park is used for open water swimming between April and October. It’s one of the best lakes in Nottingham for fishing too, with carp weighing up to 36lbs. There are also some beautiful walking trails and excellent chances for wildlife photography.
So, if you are in the Nottingham area on your narrowboat, Colwick Park is a stop that you shouldn’t miss. It is the perfect place to stretch your canal legs. Of course, you need to find a good mooring spot in Colwick for your narrowboat before you venture off into the park. So, here is a quick review of Colwick Marina and its facilities to help you decide where you should moor your narrowboat to explore the country park.
Colwick Marina Mooring Facilities
Colwick Marina has space for 224 craft. It is managed by Nottingham County Council, and there is always a warden on site. Long-term mooring prices are based on the length of your boat, but they do offer a range of mooring terms. Mooring at Colwick Marina currently costs £119.50 per metre.
There currently isn’t any information on the Nottingham Council website about whether overnight mooring at Colwick Marina is available. However, some users of the marina have stated that there is overnight mooring for £21 per night. Currently, Colwick Marina doesn’t offer shore power for any of their moored boats. The facilities that Colwick Marina do provide include:
Waste disposal facilities
Gated Entrance with key car access for boat owners
Colwick Marina is only accessible by boat owners who have a key card, so it is a very safe place to store your boat if you are in the area.
If you feel that the £21 a night mooring fee at Colwick is a bit steep, then you do have another option, although you’ll need to make a sacrifice or two. You can moor for free at Holme Pierrepont. However, access to the country park can only be achieved by crossing the river by kayak or another smaller boat. For most, it is much easier to moor in the marina. Still, we thought we’d include this option for the more adventurous boaters out there.
We hope this look at Colwick Marina has helped you planned your voyage through the Nottingham area. Colwick Park is absolutely beautiful and, if you can, it is well worth exploring during your adventure along the river. Please explore our other marina reviews to find out more about the best marinas to moor up in across the UK. We also have guides to the best canal-side pubs along all of the canals in the UK. Plus, some reviews of gadgets and boating equipment that any narrowboater will find really useful whether they live on a narrowboat or intend on renting one for a while!