Boating through Anderton Boat Lift

Following government guidelines, we are currently operating limited passage for essential travel only. Please telephone 0303 0404 040 to book.

Narrowboats in Anderton Boat Loft Boats in Anderton Boat Lift

The thrill of taking your boat up (or down) the Anderton Boat Lift is surely something on every boater's bucket list. Find out more about how to book, how much it costs and how to stay safe.

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

Passage times and bookings

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

Lift passage is available for essential travel only. Keep up to date with the latest information on coronavirus here

For more information, please read through our FAQ document and boaters information.

You can find our current operating times here

 

Booking fees and charges (Essential travel only)

Booking fee:
Long tem licence holders
£5 single
£10 return
Usage charge:
£20 single narrow beam (<7ft wide)
£30 return narrow beam (<7ft wide)

Next available slot on the day is free of charge subject to your licence type. This passage is subject to availability, otherwise, charges of passage do apply.

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: 20 April 2021