The Weaver Navigation

We were so pleased to see our friends Michael and Lesley at the top of the Anderton boat lift. They brought us post and packages from home together with news of friends. Excitedly the four of us got on board and went into one of the caissons of the famous lift ready to go down the 50 feet from the Trent and Mersey canal to the river Weaver. Another of the 7 wonders of the canal. It was all very exciting as the lift moved us smoothly and gently down the 50ft into the Weaver. At the bottom it was daunting at first to be in such a wide waterway after the canal but so beautiful.  


 Over the course of 2 1/2 days we investigated the entire length of the navigation going north to where it joined the Manchester ship canal and South to the Winsford flash. The weather was stunning and we saw many industrial premises on the side of the Weaver, evidence of its busy former life. We passed through vast locks built for huge boats but were well looked after by Canal and River Trust staff and passed safely through.   We saw examples of stunning bridges and generally had a fantastic time before heading back up the lift – this time with 2 other boats in the same caisson. Beautiful and recommended if you get the chance    

       What a lovely experience to share with friends. 


Ellesmere Port & Llangollen

what a great fortnight. A trip through Chester, up the Shropshire Union canal, all the way to Ellesmere Port. The trip through the huge Chester Northgate lock staircase was made much easier travelling through with an historic working boat. There were loads congregating at Chester for a rally at Ellesmere Port over the Easter weekend. We enjoyed the canal museum at Ellesmere Port and the impressive view of the Shropshire Union canal, the Manchester ship canal and the Mersey.  


On the way back through Chester the working boats were very impressive. 


We had a lovely Easter Sunday with David and Jane before heading off on Easter Monday up the Llangollen canal. Highlights included having a go at bell ringing at Wrenbury, finding a fantastic hardware shop in Whitchurch, Chirk Aquaduct, horseshoe falls and of course the world heritage site that is the Pontcysyllte Aquaduct. 1,000 ft long, 127 feet tall, consisting of an iron trough supported by 18 stone piers. 



On the return trip we also enjoyed the northern bit of the Montgomery canal and the Preese arm. All lovely and very tranquil. 

Now we’re off on the next leg. Back on the Shroppie.