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The 2010 Riversdale Bridge

The Northwich Woodlands

The Anderton Boat Lift Mural

The Weaver is only navigable from Winsford Bridge to its confluence with the Ship Canal

Winsford Marina
30th April 2016

The popular and widely acclaimed actor Timothy West CBE has agreed to formally open the new Winsford Marina, on the 30th April, after its extensive refurbishments during the last two years.

As actors and canal lovers Timothy West and his wife Prunella Scales took to the waterways to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary embarking on what became a hugely popular series of programmes that saw them cruising in many exciting areas, sharing a passion that they've enjoyed for decades. Their journey’s included London's Lost Route to the Sea, Birmingham to Braunston, the Shannon and Erne Waterway, Llangollen Canal, Canal du Midi, Canal du Nivernais and the Forth and Clyde and Union Canals traversing the impressive Falkirk Wheel.

The journey along the river Weaver from Anderton Boat Lift to Winsford will mark a significant milestone in the efforts of two local waterways boaters Nigel Hughes and John Tackley (Chairman of the River Weaver Navigation Society), to get the Weaver used by more boaters.

Nigel commented “The River Weaver is a spectacular waterway which links into the main inland waterways system at Anderton, yet is rarely explored by boaters. One of the reasons cited over the years was the lack of decent visitor facilities, which has led to investments in moorings and an impressive new marina at Northwich. Now thanks to the efforts of Winsford Town Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council have delivered impressive new facilities at the head of the current navigation”.

John Tackley commented “Given the heritage of the river Weaver and its remarkable scenery, these moorings with their close proximity to shops and decent places to eat and drink make Winsford a real tourist destination. Ambitious plans are also afoot to see a magnificent Inclined Plane built to link the Weaver into the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal and that has potential to dramatically change the economic fortune of Winsford as a real tourism destination”. “I feel sure this is the start of a major new regeneration for Winsford and offers new jobs and considerable investment for the future”.

The formal opening of Winsford Marina by Timothy West will take place at the Marina at 2.00pm on Saturday 30th April, when Tim will formally unveil a commemorative lock gate set pointing towards the source of the river Weaver, which is in the Peckforton Hills.

If you would like further information please contact:
Nigel Hughes CEO, YMCA Wirral.Telephone 0151 650 1015
or email



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