We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Boaters' area

Surely one for the boater's bucket list - the thrill of taking your boat on and up (or down) the Anderton Boat Lift. Find out more about charges, boat hire, safety and private boats.

Narrowboats in Anderton Boat Loft Boats in Anderton Boat Lift

It's truely an unique experience manoevering your own boat into the cassons and letting our marvelous machine lift you effortlessly as it transports you from one level to the other.

Passage times and bookings

The lift is available for private passage seven days a week from 18 March to 5 November 2017. Passage times vary depending on the peak and off-peak schedules. Anderton's boaters' booking guideDownload our leaflet for boaters travelling through the lift, which lists the full year's passage times or call our bookings office for more information: 01606 786 777

You can book your passage through the lift from our online booking page.

Please note: the lift is closed for maintenance every Thursday morning so you can't make you way through until 11:30 (down) or 12:15 (up). (But this does change form time to time.)

Charges

Administration charge:
£5 single
£10 return
Usage charge:
£20 single narrow beam (<7ft wide)
£30 return narrow beam (<7ft wide)

Private boats

The charges and restrictions vary depending on your licence:

  • Canal & River Trust 'Canal & River' long term licence holders - 3, 6, or 12 month licence
    Free of charge if turning up on spec, on site on the day and taking the next available slot. Administration charges apply
  • Canal & River Trust 'Rivers Only' long term licence holders - 3, 6, or 12 month licence
    You'll need to upgrade your licence to a 'Canal & River' licence for the duration of your cruise on the canal but are entitled to a 50% discount using a short term licence. (Short term licence upgrade must be in place before passage). Free of charge if turning up on spec, on site on the day and taking the next available slot. Administration charges apply
  • Canal & River Trust 'Short Term Only' licence holders - 1 day, 1 week, 1 month or explorer licences. Usage charge applies 
  • Non Canal & River Trust licenced vessels (ie: Bridgewater Boats) usage charge applies

Boat on the River Weaver by the boat lift

Hire boats

You will need permission from your boat company before you are allowed to use the Anderton Boat Lift. Please be aware that the boat will also need to be licensed. Check our Terms and Conditions for details.

Passage safety rules

To make sure your visit is as safe and pleasurable as possible, please remember these simple safety rules:

  • your engine must be switched off once the vessel is secured inside the caisson
  • no unattended naked flames
  • no tanding or sitting on cabin roofs or gunnels
  • don't lean over the side of the vessel or caisson
  • obey all instructions from the lift operator
  • in the unlikely event of an emergency, all passengers and crew should remain in their vessels unless instructed otherwise by the lift operator
  • in the event of an emergency on your vessel please sound your horn to attract the lift operator’s attention

Last date edited: 12 April 2017