|Autumn colours add to the natural beauty of the rural river|
There is so much beautiful scenery, so much industrial history and – it has to be said – more than enough grim industrial present day in its length. And, besides, for a big engined, deep boat like Harry its scale and depth are just heavenly.
So, rather than try and describe it all in words, here is a selection of photos that seem to sum it up.
|Salt is the great industry; miles of|
caverns and roads lie underground
|A vast spaghetti of chemical works|
spreads along one end of the river
|Old industry lies hidden in the woods like ruins of an ancient world|
|The Weaver is home to boats of every size, style – and condition|
|Seagoing ships used its vast locks to and from the Mersey|
|A small new marina breathes|
life into the Winsford end
|But at the other the old Runcorn |
docks and church are out of bounds
|And, of course, the way to and from the river|
is via the amazing Anderton Lift