With two rivers and a canal on its doorstep, there are beautiful Northwich waterways just waiting to be explored and enjoyed by all.

the History of our waterways

As with Northwich’s salt industry, the waterways in Northwich have played a large part in the success of the town. They allowed goods and equipment to be transported easily all the way up to the Manchester Ship Canal. 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. Despite being built on industry though, the waterways are now mainly used for pleasure.

Visitors can take a boat trip on the River Weaver or stroll along the Trent and Mersey Canal towpath. Amazing wildlife and breath-taking scenery can be found at every turn. A second river, the Dane, also flows into Northwich before joining the Weaver near the Bull Ring.

Learn about our amazing history by boat, foot or bike!

Boat trips for example can be taken along the River Weaver from the Anderton Boat Lift. Here you can also learn about the amazing history behind the structure and its influence on the town.

The Northwich waterways are also brilliant for walkers and cyclists and there are numerous routes varying in length and difficulty.Escape from the town’s hustle and bustle along the River Dane, or experience the beauty of the Weaver valley on foot or on two wheels.

The Trent and Mersey Canal is just as pretty and can be tied in with a trip to the popular Marbury Park.

The wildlife is worth looking out for

However it’s not just the scenery visitors can enjoy – the wildlife is worth looking out for too! Many species of birds and mammals live on the riverbanks and habitats of the Northwich waterways, so take your binoculars.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a walker, cyclist, runner, nature lover or horse rider. Come and make use of the Northwich waterways and enjoy the beautiful landscapes surrounding them!