Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Walking the Waterways (23) : Erewash Canal

The Erewash Canal is a canal which runs in Derbyshire between Langley Mill (where it joins the Nottingham and Cromford Canals) and then flows for nineteen kilometres until it joins the river Trent near Long Eaton. The canal was opened in 1779 and was a commercial success due to heavy coal traffic.

This commercial success kept the canal a going concern despite railway competition. It was taken over by the Grand Union Canal company in 1932 and nationalised in 1947. However, by now the canal was in decline commercially and the last cargo by boat was carried on the canal in 1952. Part of the canal was closed to navigation but remained watered in the early 1960s. The canal was restored to full navigation in 1973.

Trent Lock on the river Trent

Narrowboat near Trent Lock

Water management near the Trent

Boat in Long Eaton

Derby Road Bridge in Langley Mill where the Erewash meets the Cromford Canal