I reckon cruising the Manchester Ship Canal on Mersey Ferries Snowdrop from Salford Quays to Liverpool is something that everyone should do. You’ll be investing a day of your time for the cruise, as there are numerous large locks to negotiate and seven swing bridges that have to open to allow boats to pass. The bridges are part of the fun, as are the locks, and not forgetting the bird life. We counted around five Grey Herons – although there must’ve been many more. Being followed on our route by Lady Sandals superyacht added to the interest of the cruise.
No longer used for commercial traffic for the full distance up to Salford Quays parts of the canal show the need for repair and renovation is often obvious. Encountering the industrial remains, and active chemical works, oil refinery, and dockside activity is a reminder as to why the canal was built. It’s pleasing to see the canal in use by large ships in its upper reaches as it gives purpose to the canal.
A singular joy of the cruise is crossing the River Mersey to arrive at Liverpool Pier Head. The ‘Three Graces’ – Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building, and Port of Liverpool Building, make for one of the most impressive waterfronts anywhere [See HERE for more info].