Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6FW.
The astonishing Anderton Boat Lift is one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways. One of only two working boat lifts in the UK, it moved boats between the Trent & Mersey Canal and the River Weaver Navigation about 14 metres (50 ft) below. It was built in 1875, to shorten journeys by cutting out the old route via the Bridgewater Canal. Boats were lifted up, two at a time, in giant tanks of water. Genius!
A trip to Anderton Boat Lift provides a unique, cross-curricular learning experience focusing on river studies, history and STEM. Each trip includes a boat trip and choice of free workshop plus a guided tour or self-led trail.
Explore the River Weaver from its source to its mouth, incorporating geography and history through hands on activities.
This workshop examines the boat lift as a work of art, through colour, line and texture. Children look at the work of other artists who have been inspired by it, to help them produce their own interpretation in different media to take home.
Investigate how and why the canal and lift was built, and discover the national importance of Northwich. Pupils will be set the challenge of proving or disproving the statement ‘Northwich was the centre of the industrial world’ by the end of the day.
Students can learn about hydraulic systems and how they are used to power the Anderton Boat Lift. This includes a practical investigation on hydraulic pressure and experimenting with a hydraulic crane.
What is a boat lift? How does it work? Join us for a tour of the site to answer these questions and more. Visit the pump room to see the hydraulic rams, step into the river gate control house for a look at how the boat lift was once powered by electricity and go behind the scenes to the control room where all the technology happens.
This trail puts children in role as the lift inspector and asks them to complete their duties. It takes them round the grounds of the Anderton Boat Lift and nearby Northwich Woodlands.
April to October inclusive.
The lift trip enables children to experience the Anderton Boat Lift in action. The glass-roofed boat provides the opportunity to see the workings of the lift safely, while enjoying a guided commentary on the history, working and construction of the lift. The trip lasts approximately 30 minutes.
Travel along the River Weaver Navigation on a round trip to Northwich Town Swing Bridge while enjoying a guided commentary. This 45-minute trip focuses on local history and wildlife.
Combine both trips to experience the boat lift and a river cruise.
Anderton Boat Lift is fully accessible.
Lift trip and workshop: £5.50 per child (5 - 15yrs)
River trip and workshop: £3.50 per child (5 - 15yrs)
Combined lift and river trip with workshop: £8.50 per child (5 - 15yrs)
Adults within 1:8 adult:child ratio: Free
Use the following resources to support learning on your trip and back in the classroom:
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