The Saltscape Trail

The complete route is 6 miles of beautiful scenery from Anderton Boat lift up to The Lion Saltworks through The Northwich Woodlands. It crosses over into a figure of 8 so there is the option to split the walk into two shorter 3 miles  each named differently, the Dragonfly Trail or the Orchid Trail.

Each trail has been way-marked with attractive posts displaying either a dragonfly or an orchid in different colours as well as interpretation boards situated along the route to educate users of the salt history and significance of the area. It consists of both new and existing paths, together with a brand new wooden bridge with the purpose of crossing over the pipelines to give easy access onto the trail.


If you’d like to try out the trail you will be able to pick up a leaflet with the full trail map from the Ranger’s Cabin at Marbury Country Park or from the Lion Salt Works Museum. There is also a map below detailing the area.


Download the leaflet here and plan your visit  saltscapetrail-leaflet

Find the start of our trail on the Saltscape map

What have we delivered?


  • A new access bridge and path to connect the current network of woodland paths to the newly renovated Lion Salt Works Museum
  • An exciting new way marked salt heritage trail through the woodlands between two listed historical sites; the Anderton Boat Lift and the Lion Salt Works.
  • Interpretation panels and a leaflet to promote the trail and explain the impact of the salt industry on the present landscape.

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