Middlewich, Northwich, Winsford

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Saltscape is the area of Cheshire’s Weaver Valley that has been shaped by the salt that was laid down here millions of years ago, that then brought the Iron age and Roman Communities, mining then chemical industries and has shaped the landscapes, natural environment, buildings and communities that surround it. Middlewich still produces white salt for food and industry, and the rock salt mine at Winsford is the UK’s largest, producing the grit to de-ice our roads in winter. You can now walk the Saltscape Trail linking Anderton Boat Lift and Lion Salt Works Museum. Explore the villages of Weaverham and Acton Bridge through the Petal Walks. Enjoy the wildlife haven of Marshall’s Arm Nature Reserve, Hartford, walk all the way from Northwich to Winsford along Vale Royal Towpath and hear stories from Winsford’s industrial past guiding you through the Weaver Parkway History Trail. Information on all these routes is available to download from

You’ll find The Weaver Way long distance footpath and Cycleway passes through Winsford Flashes. Stretching from Frodsham in the north to Audlem, the route follows the River Weaver and Navigation, as well as the Trent and Mersey and Shropshire Union Canals. For more routes visit

Don’t miss the award winning Lion Salt Works Museum, where you can learn more about the history of the Saltscape. It has a large industrially-themed play area, butterfly garden, shop, café and free parking.

The magnificent Anderton Boat Lift, is one of the most striking monuments on the British Canal network. Take a ‘top of the world tour ‘, enjoy the brand new play area, shop and café. Visit for more costs and opening times.

Opening Times

2023 (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)



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