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The Lion Salt Works museum – Canal attractions on the Lymm Route

“The Lion Salt Works museum will be openning very soon”

This will be a great attraction on the Lymm route, along with the Anderton Boat Lift, Anderton Nature Reserve & Woodlands, Walton Park & Childrens Zoo…..

So why not plan a route for you and your family on the route towards Lymm… give us a call on (+44) (0)1606 833668…. we are more than happy to help you plan 🙂

History of the Lion Salt Works museum – (source link)

Red Lion InnSalt-making in Cheshire dates back over 2000 years, when the salt towns of Cheshire were first established by the Romans. Originally salt was extracted from the ground by a series of natural brine pits. In the 17th century the first of a series of mines were begun in the Northwich region but were exhausted around 1850. The exhaustion of the mined rock salt supplies resulted in a change to wild brine pumping. The brine was pumped out of the ground to supply the salt works based at the surface. By the late-19th century brine shafts and traditional open pan salt works dominated the area around Northwich, many controlled by the monopolistic Salt Union.

In 1856 John Thompson Senior (1790-1867) and John Thompson Junior (1821-1899) constructed the Alliance Salt Works on the eastern side of the Lion Salt Works site. The Thompson family sold the Alliance Salt Works to the Salt Union and it closed around 1900.

In 1894, Henry Ingram Thompson, constructed a new salt works that became known as the ‘Lion Salt Works’. The new company quickly built a series of pan and stove houses. The salt works ran on the site for almost 100 years.  The outbreak of the Nigerian Civil War (1967 – 1970) saw the loss of a major market in West Africa and the eventual closure of the works in June 1986.

You can get more information about exciting new museum here http://lionsaltworks.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk/

Middlewich a canal boating town

Andersen BoatsIt was great to invite our local MP Fiona Bruce and Middlewich Town Mayor & Mayoress Paul & Sonya Edwards to take a look and officially name our new boat Fjord Monarch earlier this month. We have built this canal holiday firm up over the last 40 years in this town and Middlewich is an amazing location to begin any narrowboat holiday from, with it being right at the heart of this region’s canal system. We are proud to be based in Middlewich a canal boating town.


Below is a story in our local press this week – http://www.middlewichguardian.co.uk/news/11855775.Andersen_Boats_hope_to_push_tourism_in_Middlewich/

Andersen Boats hope to push tourism in Middlewich

Andersen Boats hope to push tourism in Middlewich

Andersen Boats hope to push tourism in Middlewich

First published Sunday 15 March 2015 in the Middlewich Guardian by Josh Pennington, Reporter

ANDERSEN Boats’ latest addition to the Middlewich canals was officially opened last week and staff from the business say it’s time to encourage more tourism into the town.

Middlewich MP Fiona Bruce and Mayor and Mayoress of Middlewich Paul and Sonya Edwards opened Andersen Boats’ new narrowboat on Saturday, March 7.

With the business now expanding and growing in success, Dave Hough from Andersen Boats, says the canals in Middlewich need to be used to bring tourism into the town.

Dave said: “They came along to open the boat and we spoke about how we as a company and the council can begin to benefit from each other.

“The aim is to help tourism in the town. We have lots of foreign travellers coming and using us for boating holidays and lots of domestic travellers as well and we can start to promote the events we have here like the artisan market and the FAB Festival to our customers.

“We need to help when events are taking place. It’s about sign posting at the moment.”

Andersen Boats won the ‘Best in Britain’ and ‘Best on the Canals’ awards at the Hoseasons annual Gala Awards evening in November, standing out from 62 of Britain’s best boatyards.

Middlewich Mayor Cllr Paul Edwards is pleased to see the success of the business and says it can only help encourage more people to use the canals.

Paul Edwards said: “It’s good to see businesses flourishing and looking to expand in Middlewich and we want to support that.

“The canals are really important to Middlewich and since we put the tow paths in more and more people are using them but there’s always more we can do.”


Hoseasons 2014 Best in Britain UK Boating

Canal boat holiday offersAndersen Boats has been awarded two top tourism awards by domestic holiday giant Hoseasons for UK Boating Holidays.

The Middlewich-based boatyard won in the Best in Britain and Best on the Canals categories at Hoseasons’ ninth annual Gala Awards evening – an awards ceremony showcasing the very best of the firm’s 62 boatyards across the UK.

Commenting after the award was presented at the five-star Celtic Manor resort, near Newport, in South Wales, David Hough – one of the family team at Andersen Boats said: “We’re delighted to win these awards. Every member of the Andersen Boats team is dedicated to making sure our customers have a great holiday experience, so it’s nice to know their hard work is appreciated. We love what we do and we’re looking forward to welcoming even more guests onto the water during our next season in 2015.”

Andersen Boats Best in Britain for Boating Holidays

The awards come in the same year that Hoseasons is celebrating its 70th anniversary, as well as a new logo and brand identity to reflect its move towards the more luxurious end of the UK holiday market.

“Winning these awards means Andersen Boats is among the best in our entire UK portfolio,” said Simon Altham, Managing Director for Hoseasons.

“Their commitment to quality on the water is exactly what we have in mind when we say we offer our customers a better place to stay. We wish them all the best for another successful year in 2015.”

Andersen Boats’ awards were presented by Gail Mandel, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Wyndham Exchange & Rental – the parent company of Hoseasons.

The awards are broken down into region and type of holiday experience and presented to Hoseasons operators that have achieved the highest scores in customer satisfaction surveys.

Canal Boating in Cheshire Life

Canal Boating in Cheshire Life - On the Cheshire Ring between Middlewich and Lymm
On the Cheshire Ring between Middlewich and Lymm

WORDS BY LOUISE ALLEN-TAYLOR  – Editor Cheshire Life Magazine
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Canal Boating in Cheshire Life - Tranquil times on the water
Canal Boating – Tranquil times on the water

In theory, I admit, that does not seem like the recipe for a very exciting holiday. But try a few days aboard a canal boat, and I guarantee you will be hooked. The most familiar of territory takes on a new and intriguing perspective from the water. Nature is all around you: the lush expanses of Cheshire countryside, quizzical cows watching you scud by, birds of prey hovering in pursuit of an unwitting mouse and the herons standing like angle-poise lamps on the bank.

There’s history too, in the weathered timbers and clanking metalwork of the locks, and the very knowledge that you are doing pretty much what people were doing two centuries ago, when the canals were the arteries of the Industrial Revolution and hard lives were lived plying these routes in heavy barges dragged by horses.

A more luxurious alternative to that life of grim toil awaited us at Andersen Boats in Middlewich: a 69-ft, eight-berth Fjord Emperor, fitted out in oak with two double beds, a shower bathroom, two loos, central heating and a galley with gas cooker and microwave. It’s one of the larger boats in a range which runs from the four-berth 49-ft Fjord Countess to the 70-ft ten-berth Fjord Contessa.

Very many of Andersen’s boats head south westwards to the Llangollen Canal, crossing the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, one of the most awe-inspiring feats of civil engineering anywhere in the world.

Canal Boating in Cheshire Life - A lock on the Llangollen Canal
A lock on the Llangollen Canal

But Middlewich can also be a starting point for a trip around the Four Counties Ring – south via the Shropshire Union Canal and back north via the Staffordshire and Worcestershire, then Trent and Mersey canals. Or the Cheshire Ring, taking in Lymm, Manchester, Marple and Macclesfield. You could simply head for Chester – four days of relaxed cruising there and back.

After an hour’s basic training from Andersen Boats we were off and what fun it was. We chose to amble aimlessly hither and thither, heading along the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union – very soon finding ourselves in unspoilt countryside – and up the Llangollen Canal for a day to overnight at Wrenbury. Here we found the Cotton Arms – everything you’d wish for in a pub, reeking of history and with a hubbub of boaters’ tales being told.

We chugged back down the Llangollen to stop at Nantwich, before striking out north towards Chester. By now, the locks held no terrors, not even the Bunbury staircase lock – two locks together, requiring just a little head-scratching before wielding the windlass.

Those who are a little daunted by the very idea of navigating locks should know that everything moves very slowly indeed on the canals, the logic of the simpler locks is seldom more perplexing than running a bath, and there is often someone nearby only too eager to help.

Canal Boating in Cheshire Life - Relaxing times on the canal
Relaxing times on the canal – canal boating

You soon realise there is a community of canal folk, and the names painted so lovingly on the sides of narrow boats tell you much about the mindset of the owners.

‘It’s Later than You Think’ went one fatalistic legend. ‘G&T Time: Utopia’ said another. One boat summed up the creed of life on the water thus: ‘To Slowly Go’.

A healthy portion of that boating community are, undoubtedly, people sufficiently stricken in years that as time seems to go by more quickly, they want to spend it travelling ever more slowly. There is a zen-like combination of calm and concentration to be found manning the tiller at 4mph.

But alongside the grey-hairs, we also saw young families on holiday, and an alternative community of full-time boat-dwellers of all ages, their craft often piled high with wood for log-burning stoves.

The excellent Great Canal Journeys TV series, featuring Timothy West and Prunella Scales, seems certain to win even more recruits to a holiday on the water. How else is it possible to travel the UK in much the same way, and at much the same pace as our 19th century ancestors did?

Unlike a more static holiday, you also get to choose the view from your ‘hotel’ window every night. On our last night, we moored up on at a spot which afforded a lovely vista across the Weaver valley to the village of Church Minshull, and tiptoed down a muddy towpath to seek out another great pub, The Badger Inn.

Andersen Boats

We had our canal holiday courtesy of Andersen Boats, a family-run business of boat-builders and hirers with over 40 years’ experience. Andersen Boats is based at Wych House Lane, Middlewich, Cheshire CW10 9BQ, tel 01606 833668, email info@andersenboats.com or see www.andersenboats.com

Worth tying up for

The Cotton Arms, Cholmondeley Road, Wrenbury.

Named after the family who lived at Combermere Abbey, parts of the Cotton Arms date back to the 16th century and are thought to have been constructed from ship’s timbers. There was weathered old furniture, a real fire burning and hearty fare like Guinness and steak pie on the menu.

The Badger Inn, Cross Lane, Church Minshull.

Built in the late 18th century beside the striking St Bartholomew’s Church, The Badger was once a coaching inn and a venue for bare-knuckle fighting! Our only tussle – and very enjoyable it was too – was with a very superior burger and chunky chips while we were ensconsed in the smaller bar beside an open fire one damp evening.

The Wild Boar, Whitchurch Road, Tarporley.

A short torchlit walk from our mooring point at Beeston brought us to this grand Mock-Tudor pile with its modern European-style brasserie restaurant. Loved the roast lamb rump with twice-baked cheese soufflé, redcurrant and mint gravy.

Burland Stores, Wrexham Road, Burland, Nantwich.

Good to see a village which still sustains a proper village store, and one offering a friendly welcome and superior Cornish pasties, just a short hop from the towpath.

Middlewich Rose Queen Canal Trip

It was a great afternoon escorting the Queen 🙂 through the Middlewich FAB festival….

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