The river is a base for many activities. With its tranquil waters, scenic landscapes, and historical charm, the River Weaver Navigation is a perfect setting for a wide range of activities that can take place on, in, and around its waters and riverbanks.
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Boating and Paddle Sports
One of the most popular activities on the River Weaver Navigation is boating. Whether you have a motorboat, are one of our few intrepid river sailors, or want a human powered adventure, the river provide an excellent environment. Glide through the serene waters, enjoy the views of lush greenery, and explore the tributaries (e.g. Witton Brook near Anderton and the River Dane at Northwich), and older cuts or bypassed sections of river (such as immediately downstream of Saltersford lock). The river is normally very calm with a barely perceptible current; but after very heavy and persistent rain the flow can strengthen, leading the Canal and River Trust to close the river to navigation.
The river is a haven for anglers. It’s home to a diverse range of fish species, including perch, pike, roach, and bream. Fishing from the riverbanks or a boat is a peaceful and rewarding experience. For more information contact Northwich Anglers, who provide day tickets. And if you’re thinking of fishing please be aware that the river is closed for fishing from the 15th March to 15th June.
Bird Watching and Wildlife Spotting
The river and its surrounding wetlands are a haven for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. Bring your binoculars and camera to spot a variety of bird species, including kingfishers, great crested grebes, cormorants, herons, swans and birds of prey. The riverbanks are also home to a great variety of animals, making it a great place for wildlife spotting.
Walking and Cycling
For those who prefer to stay on dry land, the River Weaver Navigation offers scenic walking and cycling routes along its banks. The Weaver Way, a long-distance trail that follows the river, allows you to explore the beautiful countryside at your own pace. It’s a perfect way to get some exercise and immerse yourself in the beautiful natural surroundings.
Picnicking and Relaxation
Pack a picnic basket and find a peaceful spot along the riverbanks to enjoy a leisurely meal with family and friends. The calm and tranquil atmosphere, combined with the restful sound of the water makes it an ideal location for relaxation and unwinding. Don’t forget to bring a blanket and soak in the beauty of the river.
The River Weaver Navigation is steeped in history. Along the river, you’ll find remnants of its industrial past, including old bridges, locks, warehouses and even MOD sites. You can explore these historical sites and read our Heritage page to learn more about the region’s heritage and development.
Photography and Art
Join the ranks of artists inspired by the powerful mix of water and countryside. Capture the stunning scenery and serene landscapes of the River Weaver Navigation through photography or artwork. The ever-changing light and reflections on the water offer endless opportunities for creative expression.
Waterside Pubs and Cafes
Several charming waterside pubs and cafes dot the River Weaver Navigation. These establishments provide a perfect pit stop during your recreational adventures offering a chance to stop or start your journey and enjoy a meal or refreshments with a view. The Red Lion in Winsford has a mooring point, The Stanley Arms is a short walk up to the Trent and Mersey from the Anderton moorings and there are many pubs in Northwich close to the Baron’s Quay mooring. The Leigh Arms at Acton Bridge is next to a launching area for paddle sports and a mooring point and has an annual steam fair the first weekend in October (pictured).