Lion Salt Works Walk

Lion Salt Works Walk

For those who are heritage hunters and enjoy walking through Cheshire West’s countryside, this is your Gateway Station to the Lion Salt Works and other local attractions whose history has been dominated by the local salt and chemical industries. 

The Lion Salt Works is less than two miles away and will take you about 45 minutes by foot along the Trent and Mersey Canal. 

Please note that the canal path walk may be muddy so good footwear is recommended. It is also not suitable for child buggies and similar.

Following a 4 year, £10m restoration programme, this once crumbling 19th century works is now open daily except Mondays. 

The new ‘living museum’ gives a fascinating and fresh insight into the story of salt, explaining the national significance of Cheshire’s salt industry and how it shaped the local people, economy and landscape. 

At the works you will also be able to enjoy its acclaimed Butterfly Garden which features the Cheshire Buddleia collection, incorporating 38 species, as well as a range of plants specially selected to attract butterflies and moths.   

Your Butterfly Walk starts by turning left at the station entrance and proceeding down Station Road to the cross roads.

Cross over to the Slow & Easy pub using the crossing and turn left to pass the pub.

Follow the busy Manchester Road until you arrive at the canal bridge.

Just over the bridge, via the steps down you can join the canal towpath which takes you to the Lion Salt Works. 

Walk away from the canal bridge and Nectars Bar along the Trent and Mersey Canal but be aware than the tow path can be muddy even in the summer.  

The canal was built by James Brindley and skirts the industrial town of Northwich. 

About half an hour away you will find the Lion Salt Works adjacent to the canal. 

Entrance to some areas of the Salt Works is free e.g. the Butterfly Garden, (very well established), the Play Area (varied and interesting play equipment), cafe, shop and excellent toilets.

The Salt Works café serves light refreshments. Directly opposite the Salt Barge pub serves excellent meals. 

For more heritage and history, a further 2 mile canal walk through Northwich Woodlands takes you to the iconic Anderton Boat Lift

This extended canal walk traces the route of salt as it left the Lion Salt Works and headed for the River Weaver and onto Weston Point, Liverpool and Birkenhead and from there to Europe, Canada and West Africa. 

You will find OS Explorer Map, sheet 267, Northwich and Delamere Forest, useful when taking this walk.

Enjoy the Butterfly Walk to the Lion Salt Works and beyond.

Useful Phone Numbers: 
The Lion Salt Works:              01606 275040 
The Salt Barge Pub:               01606 43064 
The Anderton Boat Lift:           01606 786777

This site has been re-designed using funding from the Designated Community Rail Development Fund - thank you to DfT, Network Rail and the Association of Community Rail Partnerships for their support.

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