Much of the canal is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, home to a rich diversity of wildlife. The reedbeds are home to rare bird species including sedge warbler, reed warbler and reed bunting. The towpath has been rebuilt as a lovely walking and cycling route.
The Grantham Canal Society is working on ways to restore the canal for boats, while preserving it as a space for nature. A stretch of canal from Woolsthorpe to the A1 near Grantham is now once again navigable and the Society runs boat trips there.
Family days out
Our canals are rich in history and wildlife, making for great spots for a family day out. Nottingham is particularly blessed with several must-see locations on its doorstep.
Woolsthorpe is a great place for a short walk along the canal; for a longer walk you could follow the Grantham to Bottesford Railway Walk which includes several miles along the towpath.