28th May - 4th June (7 nights)
From: Nantwich (Shropshire Union Canal
To: Stretford (Bridgewater Canal)
Via: Anderton Boat Lift and River WeaverNavigation.
Anderton Boat Lift,
Nantwich to Stretford
Having taken a few days to explore Nantwich on our own, our next guests will join us in and we’ll continue our journey towards Stretford.
After we’ve left Nantwich guests can walk along the sculpture trail from bridge 91 to 92 which celebrates the restoration of the Nantwich embankment or stay on board and transverse the Nantwich aqueduct. After a short cruise, we’ll come upon Hurleston Junction but continue straight onwards until we reach Barbridge Junction – here we’ll make a right turn to join the Middlewhich branch of the Shroppie and depending on what time we’d cast off, might overnight here on route to Middlewhich or go on to Church Minshull.
Leaving Minshull, we’ll chug through open countryside for a while with lovely views over the river Weaver and Winsford Top Flash reservoir. Descending through a couple of locks, we’ll reach Middlewich and turn left at the Junction onto the Trent & Mersey canal. Four locks await our passage through Middlewich and shortly after we’ll be back in rural settings, travelling alongside the river Dane.
Northwich is our next point of call - where heavy industry dominates the scene and we’ll pass through on route to Marston where we’ll moor for the evening near the Lion Saltworks Museum.
As we leave Masrton through rural landscapes, we’ll probably encounter some boat traffic and then shortly after, arrive at the famous Anderton Boat Lift. We’ll travel down the lift – have lunch on the Weaver before going back up and continue on our journey towards Barnton- passing through Barnton tunnel (572 yards) then Saltersford tunnel (424 yards) and stop for the evening in the area and perhaps visit a local pub for tea.
Next morning we’ll be travelling alongside the river Weaver navigation and pass through Preston Brook Tunnel (1239 yards – which the captain won’t enjoy) before once again seeing daylight and chugging onwards under the M56 motorway. We’ll make a detour to explore Norton Arm and overnight in Runcorn. After our deviation, we’ll head back down the arm and rejoin the Bridgewater Canal travelling through large built up areas (Stockton Heath & Grappenhall) passing under the M6 motorway and back into more scenic surroundings – stopping in Lymm (where the boat came) perhaps calling in to say hello the builders.
On leaving Lymm, we chug onwards over a couple of small aqueducts we could stop for a visit to Dunham Massey Hall or continue back in to heavily built-up areas of Sale and Ashton upon Mersey – keep an eye out for some historical buildings before we pass under the M60 Motorway and terminate our cruise in Stretford.
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