River Weaver

General description

Once known for being one of the county’s top match venues, the Weaver is a canalised water, originally used as the main route of transport for the salt industries present in Northwich and Winsford, although nowadays it is more widely used by narrowboats and other recreational craft.

>As well as attracting large numbers of match anglers for the regular Saturday open matches and Sunday Winter Leagues, (see matches section for further details) many specialist and predator anglers often pay visit to the water for the large numbers of specimen pike and carp to be caught.

Private parking is available on several stretches, with the Hartord “Blue Bridge” car park being the largest, in addition to a multitude of public car parks available all along the river.

Bookings for club matches on the Weaver can be made by contacting the match secretary. Species present include: roach, dace, perch, rudd, bronze bream, silver bream, various hybrids, crucians, gudgeon, ruffe, tench, carp, barbel, chub, pike and eels.

  • The River Weaver is closed for all types of fishing from 15th March to 15th June inclusive.
  • Day Tickets can be purchased on much of this water. Details here.
  • It is strictly forbidden to:
    • i) prune or cut down any trees,
    • ii) cut grass or undergrowth,
    • iii) dig pegs or otherwise damage the bank or towpath,
    • iv) interfere with stone walls or fences.


  • Barbel
  • Bream
  • Carp
  • Chub
  • Common Carp
  • Eel
  • Mirror Carp
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Roach
  • Rudd
  • Tench

Access & Parking

What3Words parking locations

Car Parking:

• Blue Bridge Car Park

Due to the terms of the lease, cars may only be parked on one side of the carpark, behind the fence.

• Vale Royal Drive

Parking on Vale Royal Drive is prohibited, please use the car parks provided.

• Hulses Island

Parking on Hulses Island is prohibited, except on a limited number of occasions in a year which are reserved for bona fide matches.

• Red Lion, Barnton

Parking is permitted only in the inner compound.