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Winsford Wharf awaits you courtesy Philip Carden

The Flashes at Winsford

Winsford Rock Salt Mine

The Whitegate Way

The Newbridge Bridge at Moulton

Approaching Vale Royal Locks

Vale Royal Railway Viaduct

The Blue Bridge at Hartford

Hunts Lock at Northwich

The 2010 Riversdale Bridge

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

Winsford > Vale Royal > Hartford > Hunts Lock

At Winsford Bridge, the Weaver is half a mile from Winsford town centre

QUICK LINK - Enjoy Philip Carden's bird's eye view of the River Weaver in Winsford

Winsford Flashes are lakes caused by subsidence due from pumping of Salt in Mid Cheshire.

Top Flash is situated just beside and below the Middlewich Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal.

There is a new wharf available for boaters at Winsford and the Society is proud to be a partner in the development of this new facility.

As the river passes the Red Lion pub, the Weaver enters the Navigation - 20 miles from the end of the river at Weston Point.

At Winsford, the river was once thronged on both banks with salt works. Now the east bank is landscaped as the Weaver Parkway.

On the left is the Meadowbank Mine of the Salt Union, sending rock salt all over the country to grit the winter roads. 

Close by the mine is the start of the Whitegate Way - the track bed of the former railway line to Cuddington.

Newbridge is a quiet spot and the next stretch to Vale Royal locks is one of the prettiest parts of the river.

Leaving Vale Royal behind, the river soon passes under the 'Blue Bridge' of the Northwich by-pass and Marshall's Arm nature reserve is on the left, followed by Jalsea Marine - a mooring for many interesting boats and once a productive ship building yard.

As you approach Hunts locks to the right is the Northwich Rowing Club and on the backwater Riversdale Bridge - which was rebuilt in 2010.


Local News


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

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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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  • Northwich Flood Defences
    30th Oct 2014

    The Society has objected to the proposed Flood Defence Scheme in Northwich ....

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What's On

  • 2019 Salt Towns’ Rally
    13th Sep 2019 - 20th Sep 2019

    A boat rally from Winsford, down the Weaver and on to to Middlewich via the Anderton Boat Lift ....

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  • Weaverham History Society
    University Primary Academy Weaverham

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

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  • Discover the History of Mid Cheshire
    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
    A short walk from the River Weaver Navigation

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

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