River Weaver – Saltersford to Hunt’s Locks by John Vogler
(8 miles for the return trip)
This section of the Weaver combines substantial rural stretches with the Anderton Boat Lift, an ugly chemical works and a trip through Northwich with various interesting boats, swing bridges etc.
Access is available from the village of Barnton on the A533 upstream of Saltersford Locks (postcode CW8 4HP). Setting the post code into satnav will take you to Oakwood Lane (right turn off the A533 in Barnton). Then after about 200 yards do not follow the road round to the left but go straight on, almost immediately turning right on to a single-track road signed to the locks. Follow this passing over a canal tunnel and then along the side of the canal until there are parking places and narrow boat moorings. Turn left down a very steep single-track road marked ‘no entry’ (we were advised by a helpful Canal & River Trust employee that we could use this road for access). When the road descends to the river it turns right and there is a parking/overtaking space where you can unload and then retrace your steps to park at the side of the canal. There are a number of get on points close by with concrete ledges (pictured) and a C&RT signed portage point on the right nearer the locks. Currently this is overgrown by rushes but probably useable with determination!
There are a number of get out points near Anderton Boat Lift, but it is probably easiest to go to the halfway point at Hunt’s Locks where there is an excellent and well-maintained portage landing stage (pictured).