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Anderton Marina

Lovely views of the River Weaver, with a marvellous view straight down the huge Saltersford locks.

All around this area are relics of salt workings, some of which still go on today.

3 Tunnels including the 1239 yards Preston Brook Tunnel and just one lock each way take you to the town of Runcorn, a port on the Mersey.

Route Info

Route Facts & Figures

Cruising Days : 3.00

Cruising Time : 9.50 hours

Total Distance : 24.00 miles

Number of Locks : 2

Number of Tunnels : 6

Number of Aqueducts : 0

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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 ¼ 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 Hollybush.

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, 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.

Day 3 & Day 4

Take a leisurely cruise back to Anderton marina , it is 4.75 hours back


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)

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).

Hartleys Best (Sleeps a maximum of 6 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).

Thompsons Brewery (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

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