Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Near the Anderton Boat Lift

The Anderton Lift is a marvel of boating on the British waterways. 

Abandoned and out of use from 1983 to 2002 (a Thatcher government fatality) it is once again lifting boats from the Trent and Mersey Canal to the Weaver Navigation or visa verso.

It is amazing to think that this ingenious lift dates from 1875!!! 

It was built to lift boats the 50 feet from the canal to the River  weaver below, saving the boats a much longer and meandering route via the canal only. 

The boats are moved using giant tanks of water and it is a sight to see, even if you are not going to use it.

Unfortunately for us, we will not be cruising on the River Weaver just now so a ride is not in the picture for now.  But coffee and a look was too much to pass up. 

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