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Wreck of MV Chika near Dutton Locks

Dutton Locks

Dutton Horse Bridge

Dutton Railway Viaduct

Pickerings Cut

Devils Garden

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

Acton Bridge > Dutton Locks > Pickerings Cut > Devils Garden > Weston Canal

From Dutton take a walk up to the Trent and Mersey Canal and come back along the Weaver

You cannot help but notice the sunken boat 'Chica' as you arrive at Dutton. In its prime it used to be a hotel boat.

Dutton is a lovely place to sit and watch the boats go by.

There are footpaths converging from all directions and a picnic site to eat your 'baggin'.

Behind the locks are the sluices.  These are part of the flood control defences which made the Weaver the leader in water management in the late 1800's.

Watching trains crossing Dutton viaduct it is hard to believe that it was built only a decade after Stephenson's 'Rocket' won the Rainhill trials.

Its twenty two arches were certainly built to last.

Further downstream is the little hamlet of Pickerings on the left bank.  This was once the tidal limit of the river before it was made into a navigation. 

There used to be locks here.  The houses on the right bank were built to house the lock keepers. 

The river winds its pretty way through Aston and Catten with just cows and sheep for company, before making a junction with the Frodsham Cut and re-entering the bustling world at Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge.

The Frodsham Cut was the old line of the navigation until 1807, when the Weston Canal was built.


Local News


    Our Chairman's 2017 Report including his Report on the Barons Quay Development ....

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  • Volunteer Lock Keepers
    12th Jan 2018

    Canal and River Trust have launched an appeal for volunteer lock keepers on the River Weaver ....

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    24th Mar 2017

    The Society held its AGM which was well attended ....

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  • British Empire Medal
    11th Jun 2016

    The RWNS Treasurer has been recognised in the Queen's Birthdday Honours List ....

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  • Swing Bridge wins National Commendation
    8th Oct 2015

    The Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge has won a national commendation ....

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  • Society recognised with Award
    1st May 2015

    The River Weaver Navigation Society has won an Oscar .....

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What's On

  • Northwich River Festival
    14th Jul 2018 - 15th Jul 2018

    Following the success of the inaugural event in 2017, the Northwich River Festival is returning in 2018 ....

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  • 2018 Salt Towns’ Rally
    17th Aug 2018 - 27th Aug 2018

    A boat rally from Middlewich culminating in the Off Cut Festival in Winsford ....

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  • Winsford History Society
    Hazelmere, Winsford

    RWNS is pleased to partner the Winsford History Society .....

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    University Primary Academy Weaverham

    You can learn more about the area with our society partner ....

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    Weaver Hall Museum

    Explore the history of the local area at a Museum that is close to the River Weaver ....

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    The Lion Salt Works, following a £10m restoration is now open to the public ....

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