Friday, 29 April 2011

Anderton Boat Lift and the River Weaver…

On Tuesday we made our way up the Trent and Mersey from Middlewich to the Anderton Boat Lift.  We were booked to go down at 10.45 on Wednesday morning.

We stopped to do loos and fill up with water, and saw the Fudge Boat, so we had to buy some.


Serenity’s visitors had arrived so we all went to the Stanley Arms for a meal.  There was an extensive menu, and the food was excellent.

On Wednesday morning we duly made our appearance at the Boat Lift, all looking forward to the trip down onto the River Weaver. It was amazing, what a great feat of engineering!

SDC10461Entering the lift

SDC10462The view from the top

SDC10460Ian on Serenity

SDC10473Going down

SDC10474Trying to be artistic!

DSCF0024Looking back

We turned to starboard as we left the Lift to go downstream towards Frodsham.  The Weaver is really beautiful when you’ve left the industry behind.  It was like being back on the Thames.


DSCF0033Sunken wreck on the approach to Dutton Lock

DSCF0034Dutton Lock

DSCF0038Dutton Viaduct

DSCF0039Our mooring at Devil’s Garden – what more could we want.

Yesterday we headed to Frodsham to drop off Serenity’s visitors and turned around as the rest of the river is very industrialised and we decided not to venture further.  We returned through Dutton and Saltersford Locks, and moored near the village of Barnton – we could see the Trent and Mersey canal up on the ridge beside us.

SDC10477SDC10478Saltersford Lock – we were dwarfed in this huge lock

SDC10479Our mooring near Barnton


SDC10480Cassie making friends

This morning we continued upstream to Northwich as we needed a few provisions, but, that done, we returned to just below the Boat Lift to await our passage back up onto the T & M tomorrow.

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