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Llangollen Moorings Trial 2023

We're trialling some changes to the moorings at the basin on the Llangollen Canal.

Llangollen Basin

Llangollen moorings trial - next steps

For the past six months we’ve been trialling changes to our moorings in Llangollen, and have seen:

  • Numbers of visitors unaffected, with similar levels spending the night here as in summer 2022.
  • Increased income for both Trust and our partners at Llangollen Wharf.
  • Lots of positive feedback: on availability of five-day moorings, right level of pricing, attractiveness of basin.
  • A few suggestions for improvements: clarity on signage, especially on flexibility of how long you can stay; further improvements to landscaping; more flexible ways to pay.

We’re therefore proposing to make the following changes from 1 November:

  • Continuation of £12 a night charge year-round, paid for at Llangollen Wharf cafe.
  • Most moorings will be available for you to stay for up to 14 nights from 1 November to 31 March, as usual with our visitor moorings.
  • Whole winter moorings are available for those wanting to stay here longer – see our winter moorings page
  • Provision of four ‘up to five days’ stay berths on same pontoons from 1 April
  • We’re investing in some clearer, updated signage to help visitors know the arrangements for mooring and payment.
  • We’re actively seeking funding to convert the bollards to ‘pay as you go’ electricity supply, in line with majority of bollards at other sites.
  • We’re always on the lookout for volunteers to help us monitor and improve the moorings – look out for Ranger and Towpath Taskforce roles on our website – go to our opportunities page and search ‘Llangollen’.

Thank you for your support and constructive suggestions during this trial. We hope you enjoy your next visit to the moorings in Llangollen as much as your last. If you do have any feedback, please contact is at [email protected] or call 0303 040 4040.

Why did we need to make changes?

The moorings are very popular, ideally situated for visiting the attractions of Llangollen and North Wales. A basin with pontoons and electric bollards was created in the 2000s to meet this demand, and a small charge levied on overnight stays to manage demand and help cover costs, including access to electricity.

This charge has for many years remained at £6 a night, collected on site between March and October. Outside of this period the electric supply has been switched off to manage costs. Until recently the charge has covered the full cost of the electricity supplied, particularly in the warmer months, but with rising fuel prices, this is increasingly not the case. It also doesn't give the us any income to invest in developing the site.

We are facing a range of challenges locally, from demand outstripping supply during events, through residents' complaints about boats running their engines (particularly during the winter) and vandalism to lights and fencing. We also have many users who would like to stay longer than the two days available, especially those visiting Llangollen as part of a wider visit to North Wales.

Last Edited: 27 October 2023

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