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River Weaver Navigation

The River Weaver Navigtaion is a beautiful waterway in the heart of Cheshire. The river itself runs from its source near Peckforton Hills to Frodsham where it then flows into the Mersey. In 1720 improvements were authorised to make the river more navigable, the works being completed in 1732. The original line of the river has been left as a backwater where wildlife thrives. Originally there were 11 small locks, but now there are only 5 - Weston Marsh, Dutton, Saltersford, Hunts and Vale Royal. The navigable section of river runs from Winsford to Frodsham, passing through the major salt town of Northwich.

Northwich is an attractive Cheshire market town which is famed for its rich history with the salt industry. The town is currently undergoing major redevelopment, including a new leisure facility and riverside cinema complex. The scheme has been designed to take full advantage of the river setting and incorporates strong links with the existing shopping areas. You can keep up to date with the progress of Barons Quay here.

Many of the structures along the Navigation are of historical importance and are grade II listed, they include the Hayhurst Swing Bridge and Northwich Town Bridge. 

For those customers who have come by narrowboat, you will have likely ventured down the Anderton Boat Lift- an impressive feat of engineering designed to lift boats and their cargo the 50 foot from the River Weaver to the Trent and Mersey Canal. There is a free information centre and cafe at the Lift, and a recently refurbished play area for the kids. A must is the 'Top of the World' tour which can be booked for £10.

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Lock Information

All locks on the River Weaver are operated by CRT staff and cannot be operated outside of working hours. 

During the winter the locks need to be pre-booked. The 2023 Summer opening times will be published below once they are announced.