Anderton Boat Lift circular

A pleasant walk along towpaths, tracks, country lanes, fields and footpaths. There is very little ascent and no stiles so the walking should be easy under foot. There are good views over open countryside, and kingfishers are frequently seen here along the canal. The renowned T&M canal built in 1766 provided transport for Wedgewood potteries and the local salt works. We end at the Anderton Boat Lift in time to watch the lift descend, read about its history and mechanics, and stop at the visitor centre café.


5 May 2024

2 dogs allowed

Although we begin our walk along the canal, we soon take a path that leads us down to a road which we cross to then join the River Weaver. Here we follow the riverbank along an attractive path, with trees providing some shade until we reach Saltersford lock.

A short winding path then leads us back up to the canal and on toward Saltersford tunnel. As the tunnel does not include a towpath, we follow a tree lined track until we regain the towpath at the far end. We continue our way along the canal and eventually turn off to take a short walk down a quiet country lane leading to the Leigh Arms.

From here the return journey begins, walking along fields then tracks following the meandering path of the River Weaver. On reaching Saltersford Lock again we change direction once more to follow the canal past Barnton tunnel and back to the Anderton boat lift.

Across fields, along country lanes, tracks, paths and towpaths. A walk with little ascent. The paths are mostly in good condition underfoot.
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Starting Point:
Anderton Boat Lift carpark, Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich CW9 6FW SJ 650 754 Please note the carpark is pay and display, currently costing £3 for all day.
Walk Starts:
Walk Finishes:
Highest Point:
Saltersford tunnel


Let the walk leader know of any relevant medical conditions

Refer to the Handbook for walk related information and specifically for recommended walking equipment and safety information

Remember you are responsible for being properly equipped

Ensure you have the walk leader’s phone number in case of an emergency

If you become detached from the group STOP, call out; try contacting group by phone or text. If no contact return to the last place you were with the group. Wait 30 mins repeatedly trying to make contact. After 30 mins seek help and/or make your own way safely.

The Google map below is the location of the walk start point.