I am Linda and along with my husband Richard and our dog Muffin we enjoy our summers on the UK's canal system

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Tuesday 17th April

We left the Trent & Mersey Canal this morning and I’m not sure when we will be back :-( We have enjoyed it and done all 93.5 miles of it with a few deviations along the way. After leaving Derwent Mouth Lock we joined the River Trent where the River Derwent joins it – it’s quite a large cross roads! Sawley Locks are duplicated locks and electrified which I always enjoy operating! Shortly after the lock is the junction with the River Soar and the Erewash Canal which is the canal we were taking. Just inside the junction is the first of fifteen locks – Trent Lock. Apparently it’s a tourist magnet but on a dreary April morning there were only a few people about walking their dogs and they had obviously seen it all before! We came across some people coming down the canal who gave us a few tips which we were grateful for. Long Eaton lock is the next and is overlooked by a lovely lace mill which looked redundant and will no doubt be converted into flats in the future as the lace mill in Sandiacre has already although you have to look hard to realize that the building is now flats. Sandiacre Lock and its Lock Cottage are in a lovely position – the Lock Cottage is the headquarters of the Erewash Canal Preservation and Development Association which was formed 1968 in response to a threat by the British Waterways Board to close the canal. In just five years following the formation the ECP&DA they not only saved the canal but also restored Langley Bridge lock and the Great Northern basin and swing bridge. Just after the lock is the old junction of the Derby Canal (we saw the other end on Sunday). We pulled over just after bridge 10 as we could see a Co-op across the road and, as always, we needed food! The shop was well stocked and had plenty or fresh fruit and vegetables. The people we met this morning told us that it can be difficult to moor up as the canal is quite shallow at the sides but they told us of a nice spot just below Pasture Lock. It is very close to the railway line which is only used for the odd freight train so not a problem.

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