account arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right closecontact-us emailFacebookheart instagramjoin linkedin phonepinterestplaysearch twitteryoutube

River Trent – Nottingham Canal

The Nottingham Canal originally extended from a junction with the Cromford Canal just above its junction with the Erewash Canal at Langley Mill to the river Trent at Nottingham.

Things to do nearby

d
Boats cruising in Handsacre on the Trent & Mersey Canal
d

Facts & Stats

14.8miles

(23.9km)

The original length of the Nottingham Canal that was navigable.

18 locks

Originally

Most of the canal has now been closed and filled in.

1796

The year the canal was completed

And it was closed in 1937

From the Cromford Canal to the river Trent

The Nottingham Canal originally extended from a junction with the Cromford Canal just above its junction with the Erewash Canal at Langley Mill to the Trent at Nottingham, but most of it has been closed and filled in.

There now remains a 2½ mile (4 km) length through central Nottingham from Lenton Chain to the Trent, which is a bypass for a partially unnavigable stretch of the Trent.

The Act of Parliament for the Nottingham Canal was passed in 1792 and the waterway was opened in 1796. The canal provided the city with a direct link to the coalfields around Ripley, Eastwood and Ilkeston.

Waterway Notes

Maximum boat sizes

  • Length: 79′ 9″ (24.3 metres) – Castle Lock
  • Beam: 15′ 2″ (4.62 metres) – Castle Lock
  • Height: 8′ 0″ (2.44 metres) – Chain Lane / London Road Bridge
  • Draught: 4′ 0″ (1.22 metres) – cill of Castle Lock

Navigation authority

Canal & River Trust