Boating through Anderton Boat Lift

Surely one for the boater's bucket list - the thrill of taking your boat up (or down) the Anderton Boat Lift. Find out more about charges and the safety info you need.

Narrowboats in Anderton Boat Loft Boats in Anderton Boat Lift

It's truly a unique experience maneuvering your own boat into the caissons and letting our marvellous machine lift you effortlessly as it transports you from one level to the other.

Passage times and bookings

You can find current opening times for passage in our Notices section.

Passage times vary. 

For more information please visit our FAQ document and download the boaters information.

During this unprecedented period of restrictions due to Covid-19 we will be operating a reduced passage schedule. 

Lift Passage will be bookable 48hours in advance between the hours of 10:00 and 16:00

Lift Passage will be available on Monday, Wednesday, Friday between 10:00 and 13:00 and Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 10:00 and 16:00

We will review the operating procedures each week and hope to extend the operating times once the new procedures are established. Please keep an eye on this page for updates.

For the safety of Trust employees and members of the public we will be operating within social distancing guidelines and we ask that you always follow the advice given from the Lift Operators during your passage.

Many thanks for your co-operation and patience during this period. 

Booking fees and charges

Booking fee:
Long tem licence holders
£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
  • Canal & River Trust 'Rivers Only' long term licence holders - 3, 6, or 12 month licence
  • 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

Hire boats

You will need permission from your hire 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 as possible, please remember to:

  • Switch off your engine once your vessel is secured inside the caisson
  • Turn off naked flames
  • Stay off cabin roofs or gunwales
  • Not lean over the side of the vessel or caisson
  • Obey all instructions from the lift operator
  • Sound your horn to attract the lift operator’s attention if there is an emergency

In the unlikely event of an emergency, all passengers and crew should remain in their vessels unless instructed otherwise by our lift operators.

River Weaver lock passage

You can find all information on lock opening times in the Boaters Information.

Last date edited: 11 September 2020