As well as the fantastic museums in the town and wide open green spaces, Northwich has some wonderful waterways to be enjoyed.

River Dane in the winter

Visitors to the town can take a boat trip on the River Weaver or stroll along the towpath next to the Trent and Mersey Canal, taking in beautiful wildlife and breath-taking scenery.

A second river, the Dane, also flows into Northwich before joining the Weaver near the Bull Ring.

As with salt, the waterways in Northwich have played a large part in the success of the town, allowing goods and equipment to be transported with ease and efficiency all the way up to the Manchester Ship Canal in the case of the Weaver.

The waterways have also had a massive impact on the makeup of the town and the constructions that we see today, most notably the Anderton Boat Lift.

Created as a direct result of the proximity of the Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal, the Boat Lift was designed to transport vessels between the two, allowing salt amongst other things to be distributed to a much greater array of locations.

Despite being built on industry the waterways are now mainly used for pleasure, offering the people of Northwich and surrounding areas an opportunity to get away from it all and be at one with nature.

As previously mentioned, boat trips can be taken from the Anderton Boat Lift with passengers dropping down onto the Weaver, before being transported back up onto the canal just as people would have done over 100 years ago.

Naturally the Weaver, Dane and Trent & Mersey Canal are havens for wildlife with many species of birds and mammal populating the riverbanks and habitats close to, or on, the water.

Whether you’re a walker, cyclist, runner, horse rider or nature lover then come and make use of our fabulous waterways and enjoy the beautiful landscapes surrounding them.

Bridge over the River Weaver
Town Bridge Northwich
Reflections on the River Weaver of boats moored at Northwich Quay
Sun over Northwich Quay