Situated in Adlington, Lancashire, we are the largest marina on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

Linked to over 2000 miles of inland waterways and just up from the mighty Wigan Flight, White Bear Marina is a popular destination for boaters and offers long term, short stay and residential moorings.

The marina is located in Adlington, just off the A6 and with excellent train, bus and motorway links it is very easy to reach.  By road, follow the A6 into Adlington.  You will reach a mini roundabout which faced by the White Bear pub.  Here take the exit onto Park Road and the entrance to the marina is at the top of the bridge.  By boat, the marina is at Bridge 69, which is about 6 miles (1.5 hours) cruising north of Wigan Flight.

The Marina boasts a choice of facilities including the superb marina cafe. Whether its fun and excitement, industrial heritage or spectacular scenery you’re looking for the marina will provide a gateway to them all.

We have space for caravan and motor home storage. We offer unrestricted access for collection and dropping off and the site is CASSOA Silver rated.

Whether you are a boat owner or just keen to find out more, you’ll enjoy a warm and friendly welcome, White Bear Marina provides the perfect choice of facilities and convenience. White Bear has consistently been entered into the Industrial section of the Lancashire Best Kept Village Award. We have both won and come runner up within this category but it is a true recognition of our efforts in looking after the marina and keeping it a very pleasant, well presented place for boaters to enjoy their time.

Meet the team

Barnaby Hayward, Marina Manager.  Barnaby has been with BWML since 2008 and is a qualified Intermediate Marina Manager through the accredited BMF course.

Emmalene, Customer Service Assistant.  Emmalene has worked at White Bear for over nine years. She lives locally and knows the area like the back of her hand.

Nigel, Marina Operative.  Nigel has worked at White Bear for over six years. A local lad and a very experienced boater himself, Nigel can help out with almost any boating question.

Ann, Cleaner.  Ann has worked as our cleaner for over nine years and keeps our facilities to an exceptional standard.


Adlington is a small town in Lancashire, 6 miles north of Bolton and in the district of Chorley. It is situated on the A6 which links it to the M61. Adlington train station is on the Manchester to Preston line. Adlington borders the West Pennine Moors with fantastic walks and breath-taking views of the region.  The town is well facilitated with schools, shops, banks, post office, doctors, dentists, vets and its own library.  There’s plenty to do; the town has its own cricket club, football rugby league teams, canoe club and there are golf courses nearby. For those with other interests, there is a beer and wine guild and a music and art society.

Local services / amenities

Dentist C.A Spencer Atherleigh Dental Practice 01257 483123

Doctor Granville House Medical Centre 01257 481917

Chemist Knights Pharmacy 01257 482868

Taxi I Cars 01257 481818

Local Restaurants

The Cherry Tree 01257 481234

The Yew Tree 01257 480344

Hairdressers Talking Heads 01257 480904

Petrol Station (cash point) Marker Street 01257 480835

Bank (cash point) Royal Bank of Scotland 01257 480254

Supermarket (cash point) Co-Op Late Shop 01257 481016


Spinners Arms 01257 483331

The White Bear 01257 482357

Across the road from the marina is a recreation ground with playing fields and play equipment.

Places to visit

Adlington Circular Walk runs through Adlington and showcases some of its heritage. Go to for walk details

Rivington is well worth a visit, with the pike, gardens, café, reservoirs and many walks.

Parbold Hill is footed by both the river and the canal and provides some great views of the northwest and good walking, followed by an ice cream

Reebok Stadium is the home of Bolton Wanderers FC and is located on Middlebrook Retail Park, also offering plenty of shopping, eating, bowling and cinema.

Pennington Flash Country Park near Leigh for canal and lake walks, countryside park, golf, children’s play area, bird watching and some water sports

Adlington Carnival is held in July of every odd year. It is very well established and visited, provided family fun for the weekend.

Chorley Market is open every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Including covered, craft and flea markets, there is a great range of products to browse through.


Plan of White Bear Marina

Plan of White Bear Marina Download this plan in PDF format