ONE of the most visited attractions in the whole of Cheshire will be closed until further notice.

Anderton Boat Lift, which celebrated 20 years since its renovation at the end of last year, was closed abruptly over the weekend.

The ‘cathedral of canals’, which is due another major maintenance programme, is one of the biggest visitor draws to Northwich.

The Canal and River Trust confirmed the problem lies with a broke ‘shoot bolt bracket’ on one of the gates at the top of the boat life.

A spokesman for the trust said: “There is a problem with a broken ‘shoot bolt bracket’ on one of the gates at the top of the boat lift.

“This is an extra safety feature which would hold the gate up if the supporting cables were to fail.

“Our engineers are currently investigating potential ways to fix the problem.

“The boat lift will then need to have a formal safety inspection before it is reopened to the public.

“At this stage we are unable to predict how long this will take.

“Everyone who has booked a boat passage or a trip through the lift is being contacted to make alternative arrangements.

“In the meantime, Anderton Boat Lift visitor centre will be open for business as usual and boat trips will be available along the River Weaver Navigation to Northwich.

“The trip includes a brilliant commentary of the history of the River and Anderton Lift, and a rarely seen up close and personal view of this incredible scheduled ancient monument.”

On most days through August, there will be two return boat trips a day at 11.30am and 2pm, for half the cost of a usual ticket.  

For more information or to book a boat trip, contact the Anderton Boat Lift on 01606 786777.