Dating back to 1857, dive into the past and board the incredible Anderton boat lift. An incredible work of Victorian Engineering, this gem was first built for the movement of narrow boats. Yes! They used to carry cargo from one place to another constantly. To be more exact, from the Trent & Mersey Canal to the River Weaver Navigation. What would they carry? There would be all sorts on board, but they mostly carried coal, pottery and salt. The boat lift was originally created to save time. Unfortunately, it all came to an end in 1983. However, after much demand, the boat lift was restored and reopened in 2002. It still moves boats to this day! And the best thing is that visitors can live a truly amazing experience by embarking on the lift themselves, for a very unique trip down memory lane. *
Throughout this Northwest England book, you will see that we have featured many attractions that pertain to the industrial revolution.
What we liked about the Anderton Boat lift, was its journey from the industrial revolution into our modern day life, the story it tells and despite the lifts proximity to a modern day factory, the area is so calm, serene and simply a place you could spend hours at. The visitors centre has all the history and lots of stories to tell within its walls, but a trip here is not complete without a trip on the boat lift itself. They have got a really modern coffee shop inside with truly delicious cakes, coffees and light lunch snacks. Try their Carrot Cake, it was delicious!
Pickmere Guest House is a Georgian grade ll listed building dating back to 1772, originally built as a farmhouse, it was the largest of its kind in Cheshire. Commanding picturesque views over the surrounding