Dutton Locks, River Weaver

Cultural Landscape




Downstream from Northwich along the River Weaver Valley lie Dutton Locks. They are located in the most tranquil of settings, helped by the lack of vehicular access to the site.

The locks were built in 1874, at the height of Cheshire’s salt trading industry, to help transport the valuable mineral from Northwich to the Port of Liverpool. Boats from many different countries have made use of the locks, which are still fully functioning today. Next to them can be seen the pretty cottages and gardens that were originally assigned to the lock keepers.

Downstream is the Dutton Viaduct, which carries the West Coast mainline over the Weaver. The site is perfect for picnics and short walks, and the ground is level, enabling access even for pushchairs and disabled people. Some boats are available for hire, ideal for excursions along the river.


Nearby attractions:

Anderton Locks, Northwich: one of the UK’s most impressive pieces of canal engineering, this was built to link the Weaver Navigation and the Trent and Mersey Canal. Built in 1875 it was the World’s first boatlift, aiming to transport salt, coal and clay cargos. The Operations Centre is open all year round. See website for details: www.andertonboatlift.co.uk  

Bluebell Cottage Garden, Dutton: adjacent to the Trent and Mersey Canal, this garden covers just 1 ½ acres, but has over 2000 different types of plants. See website: www.bluebellcottagegardens.co.uk  

The Salt Museum, Northwich: there has been a Salt Museum in Northwich for over a century. The museum hosts various events and is also popular with school and group visits. See website: www.saltmuseum.org.uk