Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
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Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
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Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
The Nottingham & Beeston Canal takes you into the heart of the city, and is a key feature of the vibrant waterfront district.
23rd February 2018 6:00pm to 23rd February 2018 10:00pm
Nottingham Castle Wharf
8th Jan 2018 9:00am onwards
Due to misuse of the facilities we have had to close them until further notice. .
6th Mar 2018 7:00am to 6th Mar 2018 2:00pm
The Navigation will be restricted for the commissioning of the Scada Canal Flow Equipment. Please follow any advice on site.
Boat Maintenance & Repair
We are Roving Traders travelling the inland waterways on our narrow-boat Islonian trading as Flavoursfloat.
Aqueduct 1 (formerly Lenton Chain Bridge) to Lock 7 Meadow Lane
Nottingham & Beeston Canal
Beeston Lock to Aqueduct 1 (formerly Lenton Chain Bridge)
Nottingham’s Castle Wharf area is buzzing with bars, nightlife and alfresco dining, all at the water’s edge. It is overlooked by Nottingham Castle, perched dramatically on a high rock above the city.
The surviving canal was once part of a much longer route, which is now derelict. The present-day stretch remains a vital link for boaters, allowing them to bypass an unnavigable section of the River Trent.
Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for this waterway.
The coalfields of Nottinghamshire brought great wealth to the region, but transport by the local roads was slow and expensive. As Canal Mania swept the country in the 1790s, the citizens of Nottingham resolved not to miss out, and planned a new waterway from the city to Langley Mill. There, it would connect with the Cromford Canal, which was already busy with coal traffic.
The canal was surveyed by William Jessop and James Green. It opened in 1796, 15 miles long with 20 locks - most of which were grouped into a flight at Wollaton.
The geography of the waterways in central Nottingham was, and is, complex. The city was built on the River Trent, but river navigation immediately upstream of the city had always been difficult. While the Nottingham Canal was being constructed, the Trent Navigation Company built an artificial canal - the Beeston Cut - to bypass the river from Trent Lock to Lenton. There, it met with the Nottingham Canal, which therefore became part of the river through-route. Two hundred years later, this is the only part of the Nottingham Canal to survive.
Where the Beeston Cut met the Nottingham Canal, the canal company installed a chain across the navigation, preventing boats from passing without paying the toll. The junction is still known as Lenton Chain today.
A grisly episode in the canal's history occurred in 1818. The canal was often used to ship gunpowder to the mines of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire - offering a tempting prank for the more mischievious boatmen. One of them dropped a hot coal onto a small piece of gunpowder, expecting a minor flash. In fact, the damage extended over several nearby streets, killing ten people and destroying the canal company warehouse.
The canal between Lenton and Langley Mill was abandoned in 1937, and filled in after the war. Barely 100 yards survive at the northern end of the canal - the junction with the Cromford and the Erewash - and there are few other traces left. However, the central Nottingham section is as busy as ever with leisure traffic along the Trent.
East Midlands waterways
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