Today we visit the recently re-opened Anderton Boat Lift and the nearby Marbury Country Park, located near Northwich, Cheshire, it's a dry day with sunny spells. The Anderton Boat Lift was the worlds first boat lift, constructed in 1875 to carry canal barges from the River Weaver up to the Trent & Mersey Canal 50ft above.
Marbury Country Park is located nearby, within walking distance, along the Explorer Trail, a 5mile way-marked path. Many of the features here, such as the arboretum and the avenues lined with Lime Trees are due to the fact that the area started life as a grand Country Estate.
|You can pay to go on a boat tour, run at regular intervals from the boat lifts new Operations Centre, the barge in the middle photograph above is one of the tour barges.|
|Its a busy spot today, (Bank Holiday Monday!) with many of the boats on the move. There is an abundance of wildlife in the area, we spot Heron's, Canada Geese and Coots.|
|The Rhododendrons are in full flower at Marbury Country Park, the water you can see in the photos is Budworth Mere, at the Country Park.|