Foundations River Weaver Cruise

27 May
27 May 2022, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Anderton Boat Lift Visitor Centre

Guests will leave Sutton Weaver on a picturesque cruise along the River Weaver taking in many of the historic sights concluding with Anderton Boat Lift.

Anderton Boat lift opened in 1875 to transfer narrow boats the 50ft between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal – today the traffic is mainly pleasure craft. The area is a scheduled monument and award-winning visitor destination.

Other highlights on the route are Anderton Basin – where barges and small sea-going ships carried chemicals, coal, and salt as well china clay, and pottery via the canal; Winnington works – still operational, but under major re-development; Winnington Swing Bridge – the smallest of the river’s five swing bridges, and electrically operated since 1909, and Wallerscote Island – the site of the former soda ash plant recently demolished to make way for housing.

Other highlights will be: Barnton Sluice and Weir, Barnton Cut and the tree lined Weaver Valley; Saltersford Locks (1877), Acton Bridge, Dutton Locks, Dutton Viaduct, Pickering’s O’ the Boat, Frodsham Cut, Weston Canal, Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge (1926) which carries the A56, and Frodsham Railway Viaduct (1850).

As there is no parking at Sutton Weaver, our group will meet in the Anderton Boat Lift car park (£3.00 charge) at midday to travel by coach to meet the boat at Sutton Weaver where the cruise starts at 1.00pm.