The North West Friendly Scale Model Boat Club - Based in and around Horwich, Lancashire

Contact the Club:-

Dave Perry (Club secretary)

Mobile 07702 682888


North West Scale Model Boat Club -
Important notice:-
As a precation against the coronavirus club meetings are cancelled until further notice
Coronavirus update - 12/05/2020

For any body who want to sail at the pond following the ‘relaxation’ of the guidelines :-

Each member has to assess the risk themselves.

We would advise anybody who has had a letter from the GP suggesting they are part of an 'at risk group' to think hard before relaxing what they do.

Here is what Is suggested for sailing :-

Any body who goes to sail, use the wooden ‘seating’ only to place your boat on and off the water one at a time. Take along a foldable chair and sit and enjoy the sail on the embankment making sure you have plenty of space between you.

Don’t sit on the wooden seating as it would then not be possible for people to launch boats without getting too close to others.

Respect the social distance guidelines and stay safe - maintian minimum 2.0m distance

As everybody has to use the padlocks - we would also suggest using a hand wipe once you have closed up.

Most members of the club are on the slightly older side of 21.....age is not your friend with this virus.

Club membership fees are now due for the 2020 season !



Welcome to the website of our friendly Club, run and enjoyed by an enthusiastic group of model boat builders, buyers, and sailors of a wide range of craft.  All types of boat are encouraged - except those powered by internal combustion – and not just “scale” models. 


So, if you can build a fully-rigged sailing ship, or bought the latest “ready to sail” model from the Hobby Shop – you will be welcome.                                                  

With the landmark Rivington Pike as our background, our sailing pond is situated down Squirrel Lane, Horwich, Greater Manchester,  and Junction 6 of the M61 Motorway, then the A673 northbound, will take you to our sailing water, which is close to Post Code BL6 7RR. (note: this code relates to a farm in Squirrel Lane - continue to the gate on the left)

Car access is through a gate which is unlocked by a key presented to Members only.  Visitors are welcome, via a public track down to the pond.  The water is shared with a local Fishing Club, and boat sailing days are Wednesday and Sunday.  The water is not available for boats on any other day. 


Sailing generally takes place between 10am - 3pm


We regret that the Club cannot offer catering or toilet facilities, not owning the land, but have an excellent, if rustic, launching and seating area.

Club meetings for Members are held on the third Monday of each month, starting at 8.00pm, at Aspull British Legion Club, postcode WN2 1YT.

North West Scale Model Boat Club has good links to other local Clubs, and exhibits at N/W Shows and exhibitions.

How it started

The Club has been active in the North/West for many years.  It was originally part of the “Wigan Model Power Boat Club”, who sailed at the “Three Sisters” lake.  The Scale section of the club moved to Haigh Hall, where they became the “Haigh Hall Scale Model boat Club”.   Members put in much effort into developing the pond and the surrounding area,  but sadly, in the early nineties, the club had to move from Haigh Hall and search for a new water.  The club then became the North West Scale Model Boat Club, - NWSMBC.

General information

The pond at Squirrel Lane is owned by United Utilities, and the Club hold the licence to use the water, but sub-let access to Greenfields Fishing Club, whose members share the security and maintenance of the pond and its surroundings with NWSMBC members.  Access is only by keys granted to Members of both clubs.

The North West Friendly Scale Model Boat Club - Based in and around Horwich, Lancashire