Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
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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.
The legacy of this river navigation’s industrial history has been, in many places, the creation of special places for nature to flourish.
31st March 2018 9:30am to 2nd April 2018 3:30pm
Anderton Boat Lift
14th July 2018 12:00am to 15th July 2018 11:59pm
Northwich Drydock Company comprises a large Drydock, covered paint shed, moorings and all the usual boatyard services.
We offer a comprehensive engineering service for narrowboats and cruisers covering breakdowns, routine servicing, engine, gas, plumbing and electrical repairs. Boat Safety Scheme examinations including...
Learn to handle a narrowboat safely and confidently! We offer training courses to suit all abilities, including the RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman Certificate. If you are thinking of buying a boat, why...
We are Roving Traders travelling the inland waterways on our narrow-boat Islonian trading as Flavoursfloat.
Your Complete Guide to Northwich where the River Dane meets the River Weaver Navigation.
The River Weaver Navigation Society was founded in 1997 and is dedicated to preserving, protecting and improving the River Weaver, from Winsford to its confluence with the Manchester Ship Canal.
Eaton Bank Pool
Winsford Town Bridge at start of navigation to Newbridge swing bridge
From Newbridge swing bridge downstream for 400 metres
Newbridge Swing Bridge to Saltersford Sluice Bridge
Sutton Pools and Moat
River Weaver from Saltersford Lower Horse Bridge upstream285 metres north of Sludge Lagoon
Sutton Swing Bridge to Marsh Lock (Junction with Manchester Ship Canal)
River Weaver Saltersford Lower Horse Bridge to Sutton Swing Bridge
The River Weaver has been straightened in places to improve navigation, leaving the original line as a quiet backwater where wildlife thrives. The salt mining industry that the river served has also left its mark. Mining subsidence has left lakes, known as flashes, where the salty water is home to coastal plants and a rich array of birdlife. Steep-sided valleys along parts of the river support ancient woodlands untouched by humans.
A must-see on the River Weaver is the impressive Anderton Boat Lift. This vast restored Victorian structure hydraulically raises boats 50 feet to the Trent & Mersey Canal.
We look after the navigable section of the river, below Winsford.
Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for this waterway.
More information about trailable and portable boat launching locations on the Weaver Navigation.
If you're looking for cheap days out with the kids then take a look at our free guide to the Anderton Boat Lift
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For centuries, the River Weaver has been used for the transport of salt. But manufacturing salt from brine requires coal for fuel (to evaporate the brine), and so merchants were planning improvements along the river as early as the 17th century. By then, sailing barges had begun navigating along the Weaver from the Mersey to Winsford, bringing coal in and salt out.
Various Acts authorised improvements allowing the salt industry to prosper, and throughout the 19th century, the navigation was consistently profitable. The formerly tidal Weaver below Pickerings Wharf underwent substantial modification.
Eventually, the area became known for the production of other chemicals on increasingly larger scales, and it became commonplace to see vessels of 500 tons or more navigating far inland. The trustees of the Weaver Navigation were determined to connect it with the Trent & Mersey Canal running more than 50 feet (15m) above the level of the river: locks would have been impractical and expensive, so they designed the extraordinary Anderton Lift, which opened in 1875.
The lift underwent many modifications but finally succumbed to the effects of corrosion from the surrounding works. It was effectively abandoned in 1983. Having lain unused for almost two decades, it has been now fully refurbished and is once again operational, raising and lowering boats between the canal and the river in two caissons.
North Wales & Borders Waterways
Read our plans and all the latest news from our team in North Wales & Borders.