Narrowboats across the Mersey, Wirral to Liverpool

narrowboats crossing the mersey

Do you know narrowboats can cross tidal rivers like The Thames and The Mersey?

We have a narrowboat but I’m not an adventurous boater. I don’t want locks and challenges or the thrill of crossing an aqueduct on a narrowboat. I prefer an easy relaxing boating life moored up in beautiful scenery with wine.

But some people are far more daring than me. Recently some members of our boat club ventured out to cross the Mersey in their narrowboats.

I thought they must be mad (although my husband would love it). The Mersey is a strong tidal VERY DEEP river and these organised trips are few & far between. They are weather dependent and led by an official experienced Pilot boat.

Setting off from the National Waterways Museum Wirral and heading off to moor up at Albert Dock in the heart of Liverpool.

Thanks to my friend Doug Wildman for taking the fab photos.

narrowboats leaving waterways museum


narrowboats passing large ships

narrowboats on the mersey approaching liverpool


the liverpool skyline



narrowboats entering the Albert Dock


narrowboats moored up at the Albert Dock

I do agree there could be no better place to be moored up than at the Albert Dock in the heart of the city.  You can stay about 14 days, plenty of time to explore the sights and enjoy the city. The boats are also an added attraction for any visitors to the Liverpool Waterfront. They all agree it was a fabulous experience and recommended it highly.

Is this something you would like to do?

Extraordinary Chaos
A Cornish Mum


  1. Annabel
    March 5, 2018 / 22:57

    I’d love to try this. Liverpool is such an amazing city. #Mondayescapes

    • Nortonmum
      March 5, 2018 / 23:24

      It is, I would love to stay in the dock on our boat but I would go via the Leeds – Liverpool Canal.

  2. March 5, 2018 / 11:06

    oh wow I bet it feels so much more exposed out there than o a canal, a narrow boat trip is on our travel wish list as I know the boys would just love it, but they would want to do the locks I am sure, thanks so much for linking up #MondayEscapes x

    • Nortonmum
      March 5, 2018 / 13:12

      There are no locks on the Bridgewater canal which suits me but the hub has been to Llangollen which has everything and is gorgeous.You would all love that trip.

  3. A Cornish Mum
    July 28, 2016 / 23:29

    Oh I would love this! We’ve been on two boat trips in the last month down here in Cornwall and I love trying new things 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

    • Nortonmum
      July 29, 2016 / 00:11

      I saw your boat trip pic, we never had the sun on ours though. Hope the sunburn has healed x

  4. Emma me and b
    July 25, 2016 / 15:32

    wow this sounds fab! never been on a narrowboat. my parents hired one recently with friends but that was on a canal. exciting to finish in Albert Docks too 🙂 #PicknMix

  5. RachelSwirl
    July 24, 2016 / 22:57

    I have never been on a narrow boat yet. It looks awesome

  6. July 15, 2016 / 11:02

    Oh yes, I would LOVE to do this you know! I am desperate to go on a narrowboat trip and there’s no where better than the Mersey is there? I recently went to a wedding reception on the dazzleship and it was ace! x

    • Nortonmum
      July 15, 2016 / 12:47

      I saw your pic of the Dazzle, it reminded me of the old days on The Royal Iris. x

  7. July 10, 2016 / 13:03

    Well I think you know my answer to ‘is this something you would like to do’ lol but omg what an amazing experience for the people who did it. I agree that mooring at Albert Dock must have been a fantastic experience. Great photos x

    • Nortonmum
      July 10, 2016 / 15:21

      Definitely seasick on there Tracey, haha x

  8. Notmyyearoff
    July 8, 2016 / 22:12

    I’ve never really thought about it but id definitely like to try it once at least. They just look so beautiful and it all looks very relaxing although I’m sure there must be quite a lot of skill involved!

    • Nortonmum
      July 9, 2016 / 16:24

      ore relaxing on the Canal I think Tas x

  9. July 8, 2016 / 18:30

    Those narrow boats look out of place in a vast body of water. I am use to seeing them in the confinements of a canal. Great pictures.

    • Nortonmum
      July 9, 2016 / 16:23

      I agree, it’s very rare they get to do this.

  10. Anca
    July 8, 2016 / 12:31

    It sounds amazing. Going across the Mersey in a narrowboat and mooring at the Albert Dock is something I would love to do. I’m glad you had a lovely time.

    • Nortonmum
      July 8, 2016 / 12:42

      Anca if my hub ever decides to do it I will give you a shout, I am terrified, haha.

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