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.
It's truely a 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.
Oh no! We're very sorry to say that we've a technical issue with our lift, which has reduced the amount of available passage right now. We're having a part specially made just for us but our lift is Victorian, and with the very nature of the parts, it's taking a little longer than expected for the part to be manufactured. We are hoping to have the fault rectified as soon as possible, but we currently can not give you an exact date.
So passage is possible - just expect delays (perfect excuse to stop by our cafe for some delicious homemade cake while you wait we reckon.)
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. Download 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.)
|Advance booking fee:|
|£20 single narrow beam (<7ft wide)|
|£30 return narrow beam (<7ft wide)|
The charges and restrictions vary depending on your licence:
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.
To make sure your visit is as safe and pleasurable as possible, please remember these simple safety rules:
Once down on the river, it is advisable for you to telephone ahead to the lock keeper should you be requiring travel through one of the 4 manned locks. This will allow for lock prepartion prior to your arrival.
All information on lock opening times and lock keeper's telephone numbers can be found in the above boaters leaflet or via your email confirmation received upon booking lift passage.
Last date edited: 14 June 2017