349 Anderton

Like a giant rusting Meccano set the Anderton Boat Lift stood forlorn for many years, but, after a £7 million restoration in 2002, the lift is working again. Built in 1875 to move barges the 50 feet between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey, it was a world first triumph of Victorian engineering. With the boat lift, two canal tunnels and a lock for sea-going ships this walk is a real must for waterway enthusiasts.

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LOCATION: One mile north of Northwich
START: Anderton Nature Park & Lift, signed from A533
Grid ref: SJ649754 Postcode: CW9 6AQ
DISTANCE: 9 (or 4.5) miles
TIME: 4 hours
MAP: Explorer - Northwich & Delamere Forest
REFRESHMENTS: Leigh Arms & Boat Lift
EN ROUTE: Barnton Wharf, Saltersford Locks, Acton Swing Bridge, Weaver Navigation, Winnington Bridge

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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