River Weaver (main line)

The River Weaver (main line) is a large river and is part of the River Weaver. It runs for 20 miles through 6 locks from Delamere Dock Entrance (where it joins the Manchester Ship Canal (Main Line)) to Winsford Bottom Flash (which is a dead end).

The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 130 feet long and 10 feet wide. The maximum headroom is not known. The maximum draught is not known.

It has junctions with the Runcorn and Weston Canal at Runcorn and Weston Canal Junction; with the River Weaver (Weston Marsh Lock Line) at Head of Weston Marsh Side Lock and with the Anderton Lift at Anderton Lift Junction (River Weaver).

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Delamere Dock Entrance
Entrance to Weaver Navigation
River Mersey Tide Lock
Tide Lock into Delamere Dock
¼ furlongs 0 locks
Delamere Dock Tide Lock
Tidal gate into dock
1 furlong 1 lock
Post Office Lane Bridge 2¼ furlongs 2 locks
Runcorn and Weston Canal Junction 2¾ furlongs 2 locks
Head of Weston Marsh Side Lock
Junctions with Manchester Ship Canal and River Weaver - Old Navigation Line
1 mile 2 locks
ICI Weston Works 1 mile and 3¾ furlongs 2 locks
Clifton Motorway Bridge 2 miles and 4 furlongs 2 locks
Sutton Rail Bridge 2 miles and 7 furlongs 2 locks
Sutton Bridge (A56) 3 miles 2 locks
Old Navigation Line Entrance
Channel leading to Sutton Weir and Sluices
3 miles and 3¾ furlongs 2 locks
Frodsham Cut Junction
Junction with River Weaver - Old Navigation Line and Frodsham Lock (disused)
3 miles and 7½ furlongs 2 locks
Devils Garden
Good countryside mooring, maybe shallow, not marked in Nicholson's but in BW's Skipper's Guide.
5 miles and 2½ furlongs 2 locks
Pickering's Wharf 6 miles and 7 furlongs 2 locks
Dutton Viaduct
A spectacular railway viaduct.
7 miles and 1½ furlongs 2 locks
Dutton Locks Weir Exit
Channel leading to the Weir
7 miles and 3½ furlongs 2 locks
Dutton Locks No 4 7 miles and 5 furlongs 2 locks
Dutton Locks Weir Entrance
Channel leading to the Weir
7 miles and 6¾ furlongs 3 locks
Mill Wharf Entrance 8 miles and 6 furlongs 3 locks
Acton Swing Bridge 8 miles and 6½ furlongs 3 locks
Mill Wharf Exit 9 miles and ½ furlongs 3 locks
Wilbraham's Quay 9 miles and 4¾ furlongs 3 locks
Saltersford Locks Weir Exit No 2
Channel leading to the Weir
10 miles and 4½ furlongs 3 locks
Saltersford Locks Weir Exit No 1
Channel leading to the Weir
10 miles and 5¾ furlongs 3 locks
Saltersford Locks No 3 10 miles and 6½ furlongs 3 locks
Saltersford Locks Weir Entrance No 2
Channel leading to the Weir - No Access
10 miles and 7¼ furlongs 4 locks
Saltersford Locks Weir Entrance No 1
Channel leading to the Weir - No Access
10 miles and 7¾ furlongs 4 locks
Barnton Cut Junction
East end of Barnton Cut and entrance to weir - No Access
12 miles and 1 furlong 4 locks
Winnington Bridge 12 miles and 5 furlongs 4 locks
Winnington Weir Entrance
Channel leading to the Weir
12 miles and 7¼ furlongs 4 locks
Anderton Lift Junction (River Weaver) 13 miles 4 locks
Anderton Boat Lift Holding Moorings (River Weaver)
Only for boats using the boat lift
13 miles and ¼ furlongs 4 locks
Anderton Boat Lift Short Term Moorings 13 miles and 1 furlong 4 locks
Anderton Visitor Moorings (River Weaver) 13 miles and 2¼ furlongs 4 locks
Chemical Works 13 miles and 2½ furlongs 4 locks
Gas Pipe Route 13 miles and 3¾ furlongs 4 locks
Weaver - Witton Brook Junction
Junction of the River Weaver with the Witton Brook - only navigable by small craft
13 miles and 5½ furlongs 4 locks
Northwich Town Service Station 14 miles and 3¾ furlongs 4 locks
Northwich Town Swing Bridge 14 miles and 4 furlongs 4 locks
Weaver - Dane Junction
Junction of the River Weaver and the River Dane.
14 miles and 4½ furlongs 4 locks
Northwich Town Visitor Moorings
48 hour visitor moorings
14 miles and 4½ furlongs 4 locks
Northwich Quay 14 miles and 4¾ furlongs 4 locks
Hayhurst Swing Bridge 14 miles and 5¼ furlongs 4 locks
Waterways Office (North Wales & Borders Waterways) - Canal & River Trust 14 miles and 5¾ furlongs 4 locks
Hunt's Lock Weir Exit
Channel leading to the Weir
14 miles and 6 furlongs 4 locks
Northwich Maintenance Yard Swing Bridge
Narrowboats can pass under this bridge without it being opened.
14 miles and 6¼ furlongs 4 locks
Yarwoods Basin 14 miles and 6¾ furlongs 4 locks
Northwich Railway Viaduct 14 miles and 7¾ furlongs 4 locks
Hunt's Locks Visitor Moorings
48 hour moorings
15 miles 4 locks
Hunt's Locks No 2 15 miles and ½ furlongs 4 locks
Hunt's Lock Weir Entrance
Channel leading to the Weir
15 miles and 1¼ furlongs 5 locks
Pimblott's Shipyard 15 miles and 3 furlongs 5 locks
Pimblott's Marina Entrance 15 miles and 4¼ furlongs 5 locks
Hartford Bridge 16 miles and 1¾ furlongs 5 locks
Vale Royal Railway Viaduct 16 miles and 5¾ furlongs 5 locks
Vale Royal Locks Landing Stage 16 miles and 6½ furlongs 5 locks
Vale Royal Lock Weir Exit 16 miles and 6¾ furlongs 5 locks
Vale Royal Locks No 1 16 miles and 7¾ furlongs 5 locks
Vale Royal Lock Weir Entrance
Channel leading to the Weir - No Access
17 miles and 4 furlongs 6 locks
Vale Royal Visitor Moorings 17 miles and 4 furlongs 6 locks
Newbridge Swing Bridge
Newbridge - Bradford Mill
18 miles and 1¾ furlongs 6 locks
Meadowbank Mine and Works 18 miles and 5¾ furlongs 6 locks
Cheshire Amalgamated Works 19 miles and 3¾ furlongs 6 locks
Winsford Winding Hole
Last winding hole on C&RT waters
19 miles and 5¼ furlongs 6 locks
Wharton Grinding Mills 19 miles and 6¾ furlongs 6 locks
Red Lion PH 20 miles 6 locks
Winsford Bridge (eastbound)
End of C&RT waters
20 miles 6 locks
The Ark Inn 20 miles 6 locks
Winsford Bridge (westbound) 20 miles 6 locks
Winsford Marina 20 miles 6 locks
Winsford Bottom Flash 20 miles 6 locks
 
 
 
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Wikipedia has a page about River Weaver

The River Weaver is a river, navigable in its lower reaches, running in a curving route anti-clockwise across west Cheshire, northern England. Improvements to the river to make it navigable were authorised in 1720 and the work, which included eleven locks, was completed in 1732. An unusual clause in the enabling Act of Parliament stipulated that profits should be given to the County of Cheshire for the improvement of roads and bridges, but the navigation was not initially profitable, and it was 1775 before the first payments were made. Trade continued to rise, and by 1845, over £500,000 had been given to the county.

The major trade was salt. The arrival of the Trent and Mersey Canal at Anderton in 1773 was detrimental to the salt trade at first, but ultimately beneficial, as salt was tipped down chutes from the canal into barges on the river navigation. Access to the river was improved in 1810 by the Weston Canal, which provided a link to Weston Point, where boats could reach the River Mersey at most states of the tide, as the water was deeper. The navigation was completely reconstructed between 1870 and 1900, with the original locks being replaced by five much larger locks, capable of handling 1000-tonne coasters. With the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal, a new lock was constructed at Weston Marsh, which gave direct access to the ship canal without having to pass through the docks at Weston Point. All water from the river entered the canal nearby, and any surplus was released into the Mersey through the Weaver sluices, which were located just upstream of the junction.

A notable feature is the Anderton Boat Lift, which is near Northwich, and links the Weaver with the Trent and Mersey Canal some 50 feet (15 m) above. It was opened in 1875, to allow canal boats to reach the Weaver, and although closed on safety grounds in 1983, it was refurbished and reopened in 2002. Many of the structures of the navigation are of historical importance, and are grade II listed. They include the Hayhurst swing bridge and Northwich Town bridge, which are believed to be the earliest swing bridges powered by electricity. Both have a sectional pontoon, which is immersed in the river and carries about 80 per cent of the weight of the bridge. Dutton Horse Bridge, which carries the towpath over the weir stream at Dutton, is one of the earliest surviving laminated timber structures. Dutton railway viaduct, which was built by Joseph Locke and George Stephenson for the Grand Junction Railway, is grade II* listed, and a civic celebration was held on its completion, as there had been no deaths and no serious injuries to the workers during its construction.

Other Wikipedia pages that might relate to River Weaver
[River Dane] [Weaverham] [River Wheelock] [Little Leigh] [River Weaver Navigation Society] [Acton Bridge] [Dutton, Cheshire] [Anderton with Marbury] [Marston, Cheshire]
Information retrieved Tuesday 29 December 2015 at 14:55