Grove Lock Marina

Grove, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 0QU

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  • Dogs
  • Peaceful stays
  • Waterside stays

Why stay here ...

Shower and toilet facilities are available for Members but these are not exclusive to Club Members as they are shared with boat owners using the Marina. There is a commercial site adjacent to the CL.

The CL site at Grove Lock Marina, owned by Pridewater Estates Ltd, located close to Leighton Buzzard on the Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire border, is popular with Club members many of whom have paid return visits on numerous occasions.

The site is set in 10 acres of beautifully landscaped and planted meadow land overlooking a small and exclusive marina on the Grand Union canal beside the lock and the excellent and very popular pub that share the same name. There is a secure entrance gate and beyond a gravelled road leading to level grass pitches, widely spaced for comfort and privacy, each equipped with a bollard supplying electricity and water. Club members share modern and spotlessly clean showers and toilets with the boat owners and have use of a food preparation area at the end of the facilities building located beside the wharf. There is an Elsan unit close to the wharf as well as waste disposal bins.

The site is dotted throughout with seating areas and fixed barbecues that all are free for anyone to use. On cooler days visitors might well find a wood fire burning in a covered area with bench seating at one end of a building near the caravan pitches, making it a popular meeting place for a drink and a chat. During the day there is plenty of space to relax outside, for ball games or to walk the dog. TV reception is good and the site offers a free Wi-Fi connection. Visitors are allowed everywhere in the marina other than on the gated pontoons where over fifty colourful narrow boats and the wider Dutch barges are berthed. However, a path alongside the pontoons allows walkers a good view of all the very photogenic craft on display.

There is a caretaker on site daily between March and October to take your booking, welcome you when you arrive, direct you to your pitch and answer any questions you may have. As we place emphasis on security you will be given a returnable key that unlocks the toilets and showers as well as the main gates allowing access to both vehicles and pedestrians.

Attractions nearby include Bletchley Park where the code for the German Enigma machine was broken in the Second World War, Whipsnade Zoo, cycle trails along the canal towpath, nature reserves and much more. Our caretaker will be pleased to provide directions for these as well as for local shops, pubs, restaurants and take aways. Please note there is no public transport nearby.

Grove Lock Marina is very heavily booked over the summer months so we suggest you make your reservation as early as possible by telephoning or emailing.

We look forward to welcoming you to one of the most popular CL sites in the Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire area very soon.

Facilities on site ...

  • Gas
  • Information room
  • Laundry facilities
  • Recycling facilities
  • Shower (shared use)
  • TV reception: good
  • Unfenced water
  • WC (non-exclusive use)
  • Wi-Fi

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Latest arrival time: 5:00 PM

2 acres

Electric amperage: 16

Commercial site adjacent

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Postcode:
LU7 0QU
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GPS:
Lat 51.89648 / Lon -0.66861
OS field ref:
SP916229
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Transport links

  • Nearest train station: Leighton Buzzard

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A nice well cared for site.

Grove Lock Marina
Just returned from a three night stay here in Grove Lock. We were welcomed over the intercom and told what pitch to go on then report to office..The CL pitches are big, each with a water tap on the EHU bollard. The toilets and showers were open and spotless, cleaned first thing in the morning. With plenty of hot water.The grass had been cut and the site looked great. The site has another field with about 25 pitches. Slightly sloping in certain areas. Ok, so there is rail noise and near a road but we got used to this and did sleep well. Nice walk along canal towards Leighton Buzzard or the way towards Pitstone. Pub and restaurant on site but we did not use either. Tried to book further two nights but unfortunately fully booked. We will be back here.

Landyman2018

Caravanner from Bedfordshire

Reviewed on 15/04/2021 23:38

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Nice but room to improve

Grove Lock Marina
Had a 2 night stay. Was put in the private site as the CL was full. Sloping grass pitches but countryside view and can watch and hear the main line trains. No view of the actual canal. Grass very long and needed cutting as shoes got soaked in the morning dew. Shower rooms nice but no cleaning facilities e.g. mop and with no shower screen or curtain, floor easily got wet. Toilet emptying is quite a distance from pitches. Helpful and friendly warden. Pub next door nice for a meal and a nice leisurely walk along the towpath into Leighton buzzard town. EHU and water available on pitches.

Peggymoho

Motorhomer from Buckinghamshire

Reviewed on 06/09/2020 13:39

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Grove Lock Marina
Nice convenient location, generous spacing between pitches. The site has great potential but needs to improve in two areas. Firstly , the 5 shower room units each including wc and wash basin in the modern facilities block are spacious and well designed. However, they did not appear to have been cleaned for some considerable time. If as it appears the owners do not feel that a pitch fee of £22.50 per night is sufficient to pay someone to clean these facilities on a daily basis, perhaps they would consider providing a mop, floor brush, and cleaning materials to enable users to do the job themselves! Secondly, at the time of our stay the grass was too long. It was ankle deep in some places and had clearly been cut using a machine which does not collect the grass. As a result clumps of dead grass were being carried into our motorhome and also into the washrooms. In conclusion, we would say that it promised much but failed to deliver.

Paul and Deb

Motorhomer

Reviewed on 22/05/2019 15:38

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Grove Lock Marina
Stayed on private site as CL side fully booked and only separated by fence. Share facilities, entrance etc with CL and marina. Shower block potentially good and no issue with queuing but daily cleaning seemed lacking. Extremely close to West Coast mainline railway, with trains every few minutes but these did not continue overnight. Adjacent road also busy from early morning. Grass needs more regular cutting but pitches spacious on CL. Good access and adjacent pub useful.

Wirral Wanderer

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Reviewed on 10/04/2019 17:03

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Grove Lock Marina
In 50 years of caravaning this is the best site we have ever stayed at ,superb facilities .lovely canal.friendly staff,nice canalside pub next door by the lock,AND they also have an orchard that you can pick apples,pears & plums for free.....Paradise!!

geoff1273

Reviewed on 22/08/2018 21:36

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