Canal Boat - - Arms & Dead Ends -

Today the Erewash Canal is a 12-mile cul-de-sac lead­ing from the Trent Lock where it meets the Trent and Soar rivers to the re­stored Great North­ern Basin near Lan­g­ley Mill. But it was once the cen­tre of an East Mid­lands net­work that in­cluded the Derby Canal, the Not­ting­ham Canal, the Crom­ford Canal and the Nut­brook Canal. If you’ve got time to moor up and go ex­plor­ing, you can still walk many miles of these old wa­ter­ways. But even if you don’t, the Erewash it­self has its at­trac­tions, as it grad­u­ally climbs the Erewash Val­ley through a widely-spaced se­ries of broad-beam locks.

The lower reaches are more ur­ban and in­dus­trial, with some splen­did old canal­side mill build­ings sur­viv­ing from the area’s tra­di­tional lace­mak­ing in­dus­try, but the sur­round­ings be­come more ru­ral fur­ther north as San­di­acre and Ilke­ston are left be­hind.

Great North­ern Basin pro­vides a wel­com­ing des­ti­na­tion at the end of your jour­ney, where the for­mer junction of the Erewash, Crom­ford and Not­ting­ham canals has been re­stored as a boat­ing cen­tre.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.