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The Llangollen Canal at Wrenbury

The Weaver emerges at Wrenbury

The Weaver passes through Nantwich

The Middlewich Branch Aqueduct

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

Peckforton Hills > Wrenbury > Audlem > Church Minshull > Winsford

The Weaver passes very close to Nantwich town centre

The Weaver Navigation rises in the Peckforton Hills and proceeds via Wrenbury, Audlem and Nantwich to Church Minshull where it then, still as a stream, starts to drop down to Winsford Top and Bottom Flashes.

Although not navigable until Winsford Bridge, this part of the Weaver passes through some of the most beautiful parts of the Cheshire countryside.

It is often missed by those on other canals.  On the Llangollen Canal at Wrenbury – look out for the Weaver, as a shallow stream, as you pass over it near Wrenbury Lift Bridge.  You will find it again half a mile below the locks at Audlem – where you can pick up the Weaver Way walking route.

At Nantwich, famed for its architecture and eating houses, it passes close to the Town Centre but one of the Weaver’s best kept secrets is where it feeds under the aqueduct on the New Cut on the Shropshire Union Canal near Church Minshall.

The Weaver then drops down to the vast Winsford Flashes – created by the Salt Industry – and now renowned for sailing, walking and fishing.


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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  • 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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