It is not often that one comes across the perfect Father’s Day present but this could well be one of them. On Sunday 17 June, Britain’s ‘Cathedral of the Canals’ – Cheshire’s Anderton Boat Lift, near Northwich, is offering a ‘Father’s Day’ tour of the Lift, including a rarely-available trip to the top. If a family of three or more books to go on the tour, dad goes free. The Lift is the world’s first successful boat lift and the tour is a special chance to enjoy and learn about this giant and magnificent lift. Tours run at 10.30am, 12pm and 2.30pm and advanced booking is required. Tickets cost £5 each. To find out more information or book, contact 01606 786 777.
Graham Wood, Duty Manager, said: “If you’re looking for a different and memorable Father’s Day gift, you can’t do better than a tour of this spectacular structure - a magnificent example of high Victorian engineering at it very best. It would particularly appeal to a father who is interest in engineering, history or canals.”
Children will be permitted on the Tour, though it is not usually suitable for children under 15 years old (this is subject to the discretion of the tour leader). Anyone going on the tour will require a head for heights. There is no charge to go into the grounds of the Anderton Boat Lift, visit its exhibition or use its new £50,000 play area. There is also a shop and a tree-top Coffee shop serving fresh, affordable food.
The Anderton Boat Lift allows boats to move between the 50ft drop that separates the Trent & Mersey Canal and the River Weaver Navigation. Built in 1875, for more than a century, the Lift allowed working boats carrying Cheshire salt and china from the Potteries to by-pass the single bore tunnels, tariffs and trans-shipment required by taking cargo along the Trent & Mersey Canal and Bridgewater Canal to the River Mersey. The lift, which was restored by a £7m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2002, is still in operation today and is run by the Canal & River Trust.