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You can do this route from :
Anderton Marina

Cruise above the picturesque River Weaver and its valley, where the only lock has a drop of just six inches!

Preston Brook has a tunnel of nearly a mile and there are also two shorter ones on this route.

There are fine views of the distant Pennines to the north before the canal makes a very pleasing passage through the heart of Lymm, where the streets come right down to the waters edge.

Route Info

Route Facts & Figures

Recommended Holiday
Duration : 3 nights.

Total Cruising Days : 4.00
(Partial or full days)

Total Cruising Time : 13.50 hours

Total Distance : 36.00 miles

Number of Locks : 2

Number of Tunnels : 6

Number of Aqueducts : 0

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Cruising Notes

Day 1

On the Trent & Mersey canal you pass the town of Barnton on your right, and you will then come to 2 small tunnels, both of which have room for only 1 boat at a time, so make sure they are clear before proceeding.

All around this area are relics of salt workings, some of which still go on today. Going through Barnton Tunnel you emerge onto a hillside overlooking the River Weaver, with a marvellous view straight down the huge Saltersford locks. There is a useful range of shops up the hill from the east end of the tunnel, including a launderette, chemist and butcher.
Now Saltersford Tunnel is entered & beyond it you are in open country again.

At bridge 209 (about an hour from Anderton marina) there are 2 pubs 3/4 mile south of the Bridge (to your left) overlooking the Weaver & Acton swing bridge, so if you were late starting & want to settle for the night, it might be a good idea to moor up here.

It is 1.45 hours cruising from Anderton to here.

There is also a pub ¼ mile north of bridge 209, a listed timber framed building, being one of the oldest farmhouse pubs in the country- the Hollbush.

Day 2

The northernmost stretch of the Trent & Mersey is pleasant & rural, you can see the splendid River Weaver valley 60 feet below, and occasionally the large vessels that ply up and down it.
Entering woodland you soon reach Preston Brook tunnel, although you will have to negotiate your first lock before entering it. The tunnel is about 1239 yards long.

North of Preston brook the canal diverges, the left arm goes to Runcorn, and is a dead end, but if you want to cruise down the 4 miles, it takes 1.5 hours to reach the end of the canal. The old town is to be found down by the docks, where the elegant curved 1092 single span of the steel road bridge with the railway beside it, leaps over the Ship canal and the Mersey.

There are pubs along the route & in the town, to the left by bridge 76, & just past bridge 82 (Grapes Inn), and to the north by bridge 84 and 89 at the end of the canal (Waterloo).
Norton priory Museum can be reached north east of Bridge 75. There is a supermarket & PO south of bridge 74.

It is 4.75 hours from Anderton marina to here, or 3 hours from Bridge 209 if you stopped there for the 1st night.

For those not doing the Runcorn detour, continue up the Bridgwater canal, leaving Runcorn behind you, entering a rural stretch, before you reach Stockton Heath. There is a pub north of bridge 11- the Walton Arms, otherwise there are all services 400 yards north of London Road bridge 15. The Manchester Ship canals runs parallel about ¼ mile away.

There are fine views of the distant Pennines to the north, before the canal makes a very pleasant passage through the heart of Lymm, where the streets come right down to the waters edge. There are convenient 24 hour moorings here, and stores, banks & takeaways & pubs- by Bridge 23.

From Bridge 209 it is 4.75 hours cruising to here

Day 3
Day 4
It is 6 hours 20 minutes back to Anderton marina.

If you want to get into Manchester, you can go a bit further on up the canal to Timperley, near Sale, Manchester.

It is 8 hours 20 minutes cruising from Anderton to Timperley in Sale, Manchester, from where you should be able to get a tram into the city centre.


NB: This route has been provided as a guide only. Information may become inaccurate or out of date. You should always check with the marina that the route is possible within your time frame, current weather conditions and canal stoppages etc.


The following boats operate on this route (subject to availability)

Bishtons Cakewalk (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Laal Ratty (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Lady Blue Sky (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Lady of Trent (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Mellors Crazy Shake (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Real Ale (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Soo 95 (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Spirit of Debdale (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Wallis Ali Baba (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Black Necked Swan (Sleeps a maximum of 12 People).

Booted Eagle (Sleeps a maximum of 7 People).

Chestnut Thrush (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Dusky Thrush (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Glaucous Gull (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Great Blue Heron (Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

Laughing Gull (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Little Owl (Sleeps a maximum of 10 People).

Reed Bunting (Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

River Warbler (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Spectacled Weaver (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Mealy Amazon (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Striding Edge (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Sun Conure (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Maps and Guides

Pub Guide

Pubs available on this canal route:-

  Pub Name Pub Address Distance from Anderton More Info
The Stanley Arms Old Road, Anderton CW9 6AG 0.26 Miles Full Details
Jolly Thresher 229 Higher Lane, Lymm WA13 0RN 7.25 Miles Full Details
The Barn Owl Agden Wharf, Lymm WA13 0SW 7.99 Miles Full Details
The Golden Fleece The Cross, Lymm WA13 0HR 7.49 Miles Full Details
The Saddlers Arms Bridgewater Street, Lymm WA13 0AB 7.48 Miles Full Details
The Star Inn Star Lane, Lymm WA13 9LN 7.51 Miles Full Details
The Green Dragon 2 Mill Lane, Lymm WA13 9SB 8.61 Miles Full Details
The Olde Barbridge Inn Old Chester Road, Barbridge CW5 6AY 11.95 Miles Full Details

NB: Distances are as the crow flies and will vary for actual canal boating travel distance.


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