Friday, July 16, 2010
A Canal to Nowhere?
So there we were, back at the junction of the Rivers Soar and Trent and the Erewash Canal. Our plan was to go on down the Trent, but the Erewash was right there, only 11¾ miles long with 15 locks – it would be a shame not to sample it!
To be honest, there were some who had told us not to bother. "don't go there . . . the locks are hard to work . . . it's all weedy . . . it doesn't go anywhere . . . nothing to see, anyway . . ."
But you know us – We started up the Erewash!
Coming up Trent Lock, right next to the Navigation Inn, we had entered another little world. The Erewash Canal runs mostly through industrial towns with short stretches of countryside in between, and was once part of a busy local network which included the Derby and Nottingham Canals, now sadly both derelict, and joining onto the Cromford Canal, for which there seem to be some plans for part restoration. But this 'canal to nowhere' started to reveal its own particular charm.