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River Weaver

The River Weaver Navigation runs from the Manchester Ship Canal at Weston Marsh Lock and Weston Point Docks to Winsford Bridge and connects to the Trent and Mersey Canal via the Anderton Boat Lift. 

River Weaver Map

Derelict and overgrown Frodsham Lock
Steamship Danny, moored by the Pumphouse at the Albert Docks in Liverpool

Facts & Stats

20 miles


The length of the River Weaver that is navigable.

5 locks

+ Swing bridges

There is also a boat lift.

Waterway notes

Maximum boat sizes

  • Length: 196′ (58.8 metres)
  • Beam: 35′ (10.6 metres)
  • Height: 29′ 6″ (8.9 metres)
  • Draught: 9′ 10″ (3.0 metres)

Through boat lift:

  • Length: 72′ (21.6 metres)
  • Beam: 14′ (4.2 metres)
  • Height: 8′ (2.4 metres)
  • Draught: 4′ (1.2 metres)

Navigation authority

Canal & River Trust

Useful Info

  • Locks, swing bridges and Anderton Boat Lift are all operated by Canal & River Trust staff.
  • Navigation above Winsford Bridge and into Winsford Flash is possible, where there is no navigating authority.  The Flash, especially, is very shallow in places and there is a significant risk of boats becoming stuck in the silt.

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