Erewash Canal

Erewash Canal

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The Erewash canal is a great way to explore the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire countryside in a unique way.

As you paddle along you will glide right through the heart of the DH Lawrence countryside. You paddle through a range of habitats perfect for nature lovers.

The canal begins in Langley Mill, Derbyshire and finishes at Trent Lock, where the canal meets the Upper Trent in Nottinghamshire.

Things of Interest on Erewash Canal

As well as natural habitats such as woodland, swamps and grassland, you will also paddle through a mix of agricultural and mining villages. These provide a unique countryside paddle and a glimpse into the industrial past of the residents.

It was once built to transport coal, quarry stone, brick and metal goods. However, the Erewash Canal now has a much more peaceful feel. It will provide you with a quiet and calm adventure on the waterways!

Subsidence from coal mining was a problem for much of the life of the working life of the canal. The Lapal Tunnel was regularly affected. In fact, a section near Blackbrook Junction fell into mine workings in 1894.

Most of the canal was abandoned in the 1960s. The Dudley Canal Trust later took control and restoration took place. In 1973 they reopened the Dudley Tunnel.