Before the clocks go back tonight (actually 02:00 hours GMT on Sunday) I took the opportunity to make a visit to Barton Marina, which is just 14 miles away and is on the Burton side of Lichfield.
Barton marina is part of the National Forest and lies on the outskirts of the village of Barton Under Needwood.
Barton Under Needwood is a village with a population of around 5,000 people and is well worth a visit. The local church, according to Arthur Mee’s 1937 publication of the King’s England – Staffordshire,was a gift to the village by local dignatory John Taylor and is a typical picture box church.
The village has a number of interesting buildings and, if you travel to the marina from Lichfield via Yoxall, you will see some of Staffordshire at its best.
The marina has number of shops which include, but not exclusively:-
- a butchers selling local produce and home-made produce
- an old fashioned toy shop (I love looking at the old Corgi cars. I wish I had looked after the ones I had as a child instead of carrying out modifications on them all!)
- an art gallery
- a pub / restaurant that has live music sessions.
- a coffee shop that is ranked in the top five in the UK.
Full details, however, can be found via the Barton marina link.
My real interests at the marina, however, are the boats and the lakes.
The marina contains, what appears to be, moorings for scores of boats and traffic is always moving in and out of the area.
Across the car park from the marina are the nature walks and lakes. I will leave the pictures to tell the tale.