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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/

A canal holiday offers a new adventure every day…..

Hausboot mieten in EnglandAn amazingly special and memorable style of holiday, narrowboats allow you the opportunity to wake up somewhere new each day. By choosing the route of your choice, canal boating also allows you to experience the serenity of a rural location or the excitement of a brand new town or city to explore.

A family business with heaps of experience in offering canal boating holidays and day trips, Andersen Boats are 5* rated on TripAdvisor and have recently won Hoseason’s Best in Britain for UK Boating Holidays.

Both family friendly and dog friendly, Andersen’s boating holidays are available between mid-March and early November and can be taken along a wide range of canal routes. “We have a large choice of boats to choose from and build each of barbridgepubour narrowboats ourselves from the sheets of metal and wood up to ensure that you will have a truly unique and hassle free canal boating experience.”

Based in Middlewich, Andersen Boats enjoys a prime position with many different route options to choose from including Chester, Manchester and the ever popular Llangollen canal which boasts a picturesque backdrop, and many more.

“We offer full training for those who have never boated before – it really is simple and only requires two adults or more to operate the locks and steer the boat. We have taught many people how to operate our boats and are always thrilled when they come back to discover a new route”

This year (spring, summer or autumn) why not get your self a great holiday deal with us and experience everything a great canal holiday offers! Click here to find your self a holiday to remember….

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Summer canal holiday fun with us…..

We have got great summer canal holiday offers on this August on our remaining availability…. so why not book a holiday by clicking here or call us on (+44) (0)1606 833668

Summer canal holidaysThis summer why not take advantage of the great weather 🙂 and enjoy a summer canal holiday…. with the amazing places and adventures they have to offer.

From cruising around one of the varied and hugely enjoyable Ring Routes or taking in the breath taking sights of one of our other routes such as the Llangollen Route, with its amazing countryside and must be seen views from the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, awarded World Heritage site status by Unesco in 2009.



“Well what can we say! First trip on a narrow boat and a little nervous re some of the practicalities. However we were greeted warmly and shown around the boat. What a lovely boat too! Seemed to be far superior to some of the other hired narrow boats we saw. This is a family firm that take pride in their work. Once familiarised with the boat we were taken through two locks, before being left to it, ensuring we were confident with working the canal locks before departure. The boat had everything we needed and was a real home from home for our weeks holiday.” Reviewed 26 May 2014 5 Star – www.tripadvisor.co.uk



We are a family with over 40 years experience of making magical holiday moments which are as exciting, full of adventure and relaxing as you want them to be….. though most importantly….. always completely different from the everyday world!
Our boats have one of the best reputations on the canals, read about us on Trip Advisor and see what others say… book a holiday with confidence!

Built by us for quality and comfort

“Along the winding canals which weave through some of the loveliest areas of England and Wales you’re free to decide each day exactly what to do and when. Free to cruise along picturesque waterways at a gentle pace and free to go ashore to explore countryside, villages, castles, manors, and historic towns.”

Handover Tuition

You can be sure of a first class handover and tuition from skilled staff, accredited by the British Marine Federation for Hire Boat Instruction and Handover Procedures. So you will know you are in safe hands. 

Dog Friendly

Pets are welcome on all our boats, with up to 3 pets FREE. Registered assistance dogs will always be accepted free of charge on all our boats subject to availability of suitable accommodation.

Fuel and Parking Free

Fuel is fully inclusive in all online prices and quotes given via email and phone… so no extra charges when you return from your holiday with us.


The whole experience was something so new to all of us. It was a fantastic “old fashioned” working together holiday which we will remember forever!

It is a lovely, relaxing holiday even if the weather isn’t perfect. You meet some lovely people and see some amazing places. We’re going to book again for next year.

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