Photo: The final artificial cut on the Melton Mowbray Navigation into the town, alongside Egerton Park by Alan Murray-Rust
The Melton & Oakham Waterways Society aims to promote the restoration of the Melton Navigation and the Oakham Canal. The two waterways are quite different in that the Melton Navigation was based on the rivers Wreake and Eye, and as such has remained in water with many of the lock structures being converted to weirs for flood control and maintenance of water levels. A 3-mile section above the last lock in Melton Mowbray has been used as a recreational waterway since the closure of the navigation in 1877. Little remains of the Oakham Canal, which has been largely filled in except where sections that remained in water have been used for fishing.