The Anderton Boat Lift

Anderton Boat Lift in Cheshire

The Anderton Boat Lift in Cheshire, also known as the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’ and is one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways

Built in 1875, the Anderton Boat Lift transfers boats 50 feet (15 metres) between the River Weaver Navigation and the Trent & Mersey Canal.

This iconic Grade I listed structure was designed by canal engineer Edwin Clarke. Canal boats enter one of two huge water tanks with water tight doors, which counterbalance each other and move boats up or down.

Each water tank (also known as a caisson) weighs 252 tonnes.

The Canal & River Trust has a Visitor Centre at the Lift where you can find out more about this incredible example of Victorian engineering.

Boaters need to book their passage through the lift in advance.

You can reach the Anderton Boat Lift on a short break from our Bunbury base.


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