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We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Planning your visit
History & Heritage
Things to do or see
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Anderton Boat Lift
Lift Lane, Anderton,
Cheshire, CW9 6FW
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01606 786 777
Our visitor centre is free, but there's a small cost for parking
On site in our visitor centre
Officially the best told story in England 2017 - The Anderton Boat Lift has earnt its nick-name of Cathedral of the Canals for a very good reason. Not only does it still do the job it was designed to do of lifting boats and barges the 50 feet from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal. But it does it with the most ingenious and endearing character of any structure on the canal system.
It also offers the intrepid among you a unique opportunity – to access the very top of the workings. But do you dare take our ‘Top of the World Tour’?
The mighty Anderton Boat Lift is one of the 'Seven Wonders of the Waterways' and together with its visitor centre, café, brand new Let's Play play area and nearby Northwich Community Woodlands make a visit unmissable!
Places to eat:
You'll find loads of benches around our garden - most with views of the lift. There's even a maze and our new play area
The Northwich Community Woodlands are right next to our visitor centre along the path beside the River Weaver. Well worth a walk with our nature spotter's guide to see the swans, moorhens and rare orchids
By car - the car park is managed by Cheshire & West Chester Council. There's a charge from 10.00am to 8.00pm every day:
By train - Northwich Station is the nearest at a 15 minute taxi ride away. Call National Rail enquiries on 08457 484950 for train timetable details and prices
By bus - regular buses run to and from Northwich. Call Cheshire County Council Travel Line on 0871 200 22 33 for timetable and fare details
By bike - download the heritage cycle trail leaflet and map
Download our free regional guides
Nine regions to choose from - over 120 fantastic places to visit
With Santa Cruises in December, picnics in the summer and festivals and exhibitions all year round - you'll find all sorts of events happening here at Anderton Boat Lift!