This trip goes through three tunnels, two of which are time controlled, so a prompt 9.00am start is essential. Any delay can result in a one hour wait, which in turn may cause the trip to be curtailed at the skipper’s discretion.
Because of reliability problems with the Anderton Boat Lift (it broke down several times during 2017, stranding our boat on the Weaver on occasion), trips to Anderton Lift will be to the Visitor Centre only, and do not include descent/ascent of the Lift. There is a trip boat which you could use to go on the Lift, but you would have to find your own way back up from the Weaver to the canal, and our boat, if you were unable to ascend the Lift owing to a breakdown, or if you booked a descent only.
There are no locks, eating facilities are available at the Visitor Centre and the Stanley Arms.
It is most important to commence the return sail at the time
stated by the skipper on the day.
This is a full day trip and sailing times must be strictly adhered to.
Trip Departure Point: Preston Brook
Exit M56 at Jctn 11, head S-W on A56 Chester Road for 0.7 mile. On crossing canal turn sharp Right in front of white cottage and proceed to below M56 to discharge passengers. Parking on adjacent land is entirely at owners own risk.
Sat Nav/Coordinates - WA4 4BA Latitude 53.32118 & Longitude -02.64982
Trip Duration: Full Day Trip
Full day trips typically depart between 9.00am - 10.00am with trips lasting approximately 6 hours. ( 9 hours plus for Anderton Lift from Preston Brook)
The office will advise of any particular start time requirements.
Trip Dates of operation: Over the Rainbow 17th July to 31st August
Trip Dates of operation: Over the Rainbow 28th June to 12th July