Anderton Boat Lift opens

Published: Friday, 11 March 2011

THE Anderton Boat Lift connecting the Trent & Mersey Canal with the Weaver will start its visitor season shortly.

Restored at a cost of £7.5 millions it gives visitors the chance to take a boat trip on the Edwin Clark down onto the Weaver then back up to the Trent & Mersey and the visitor centre.

The picture shows the official opening of the restored boat lift on the 26th March, 2002.


This is of course in addition to boaters being able to take their own boats on the lift to explore the Weaver, with the lift and river trips starting on Friday 1st April.

Boat Lift Manger, Tim Turner, explains:

"This imposing Victorian monument originally served a very different purpose to the contemporary passage of narrowboats between the Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal high above.

"Anderton stood at the northern junction of an industrial supply chain that saw goods and raw materials shipped between the industrial powerhouses of Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham, and the ports along the Mersey."