Boating through 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.

Narrowboats in Anderton Boat Loft Boats in Anderton Boat Lift

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.

Find out more about how to book, how much it costs and how to stay safe.

Passage times and bookings

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

Passage during October

We are currently experiencing short-term operating challenges as a result of colleague sickness. In the interest of safety and the smooth running of the lift it is necessary to make changes to private passage availability throughout October.

During the week commencing 4 October private passage will be available on Tuesday 5, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10.

Throughout the rest of October passage will be available every Tuesday to Thursday plus Saturday and Sunday.

We understand the importance of planning your journey and we apologise for any inconvenience. We are doing everything we can to get back to a full service for 2022 and we look forward to seeing you at the lift.

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

You can find our current operating times here


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)

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: 29 September 2021