Moorings at Talbot Wharf (Holidays Afloat Ltd)

Talbot Wharf is on the northern edge of Market Drayton, where the canal skirts the town.

Holidays Afloat was established here in 1949, and it’s been our family business since 1962.

As the IWA said back in 1949: “…Market Drayton is an excellent starting point for a canal holiday, many attractive alternative routes being available for holidays of varying duration.”  –  Extract from IWA Bulletin 18, February 1949

A traditional wharf boatyard, we have main line and basin moorings to the north and south of bridge 62 on the Shropshire Union canal. We welcome narrow beam boats of any size, and especially cruisers and smaller boats whose owners wish to keep and enjoy their boat within an environment that operates within a philosophy of courtesy and common sense.

Our community

Some of our customers moor permanently, others are just visiting on a tour of the Shroppie. The owners of several of the boats on our Aqueduct moorings live close by, which adds to the security and sense of community. The yard is secured by a gate when the shop is closed (at night and on Sundays – you have a key). Metered electricity is available on our boatyard moorings.

Getting here

Easily reached by car from the M6,  or an hourly bus outside the gate connects to the railway stations at Shrewsbury and Stoke on Trent. We’re a 5 minute walk from the centre of Market Drayton with its busy Wednesday Street market which dates from 1245.

Current mooring fees 

  Boatyard moorings
(north of Bridge 62)
Aqueduct moorings
(south of Bridge 62)
Hard standing/on trailer

Per foot per month (inc vat)

For stays of one month or more:

£3.00 £2.70 £2.70

Per foot per year (inc vat)

Discounted rate for annual payment in advance by the due date:

£34.20 £30.78


*Please Note: Mooring fees are invoiced quarterly in advance, unless you choose to take advantage of our discounted annual payment option when an invoice will be issued for the full 12 months.

Temporary narrowboat mooring (up to one month) at all berths £7.20 per overnight stay, subject to availability.
Moorings are subject to a minimum 25’ length charge.
All moorings are subject to our standard licence to moor and boatyard regulations.

Talbot Wharf main line moorings viewed from Bridge 62 on the Shropshire Union canal