The River Weaver is more than 50 miles (80 km) long. From its source in the hills of west Cheshire just south of Peckforton Castle, and within a few hundred metres of the source of the River Gowy.
The river runs through the Cheshire salt-producing area but was not deep enough to allow boats to reach the salt mines. It was tidal for around 7 miles (11 km) to Pickering’s wharf, and salt from the mines was carried by pack horse to the wharf, where it was loaded into barges.
The Weaver is a river of contrasts, with quiet wooded reaches and heavily industrialised sites. Commercial shipping has largely ceased, but the ship-sized locks remain.