On this cruise you will leave Anderton Boat lift on a picturesque cruise along the River Weaver taking in many of the historic sights - we sell guidebooks for £5 on all our cruises to give you as much detail on the route as you would like. Details on the cruise route can be seen here
Your departure point is Anderton Boat Lift where we ask you to park and our coach transfer will return you to your car. Full details will be on your ticket/confirmation.
Anderton Boat lift opened in 1875 to transfer narrow boats the 50ft between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal - today the traffic is mainly pleasure craft. The area is a scheduled monument and award-winning visitor destination.
Other highlights on the route are Anderton Basin - where barges and small sea-going ships carried chemicals, coal, and salt as well china clay, and pottery via the canal, Winnington works - still operational, but under major re-development, Winnington Swing Bridge - the smallest of the river’s five swing bridges, and electrically operated since 1909, Wallerscote Island the site of the former soda ash plant recently demolished to make way for housing. The course of the original river is behind the island.
Other highlights will be Barnton Sluice and Weir, Barnton Cut and the tree lined Weaver Valley. Saltersford Locks (1877) - the old course of the river meanders south of the Weaver Navigation between here and Winnington. Acton Bridge, Dutton Locks, Dutton Viaduct, Pickering’s O’ the Boat, Frodsham cut, Weston Canal which joined the Weaver Navigation to Weston Point Docks (Runcorn) • Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge (1926), which carries the A56, adjacent to the Danny's Sutton Weaver berth. • Frodsham - railway viaduct (1850).
The Weaver Navigation as it is officially known, is one of the UK’s hidden gem’s and your cruise through some of Cheshire’s most stunning countryside won’t disappoint.
First made navigable to small craft in the 1700’s the Weaver grew on the back of the salt and chemical industry in Northwich and Winsford. It has seen many alterations and improvements over the years with ships of up to 1,000 tons still using the river to convey cargo as recently at the 1990’s.
This cruise departs from Anderton Boat Lift, where you can park and then takes you to Ellesmere Port, by the National Waterways Museum at Telford Quay where our coach will pick you up and return you to your car - coach transfer is included in the price. Full details will be on your ticket confirmation.
This rare cruise runs between Ellesmere Port and Canning Dock in Liverpool's Royal Albert Dock complex where the Shropshire Union Canal joins the Manchester Ship Canal at what is now the National Waterways Museum.
This means going through two sets of locks to cross the Mersey, as well as passing the Cammell Laird shipyard and the Tranmere Oil terminal en route.
We ask passengers to park at The National Waterways Museum and our coach transfer will return you after the cruise ends in Liverpool. All details will be on your ticket/confirmation. Cruise details can be found here