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If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
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
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
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
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
This scenic canoe trail combines open countryside and industrial heritage.
Distance: 6.5 miles
Start: Gallows Inn Field, Nottingham Road, DE7 5BP
Enter the water at Gallows Inn field. From there make sure you have the towpath on your left as you paddle away.
The first lock you reach offers easy portage. You’ll then reach Stanton Lock where you’ll also pas underneath the M1 motorway. After this you’ll be treated to wonderful countryside scenes and be able to view the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border. You’ll also be able to see Sandiacre church from the canal.
After you pass through a further two locks you’ll reach a pretty canal basin where you can stop for a rest.
The last two locks, which you will need to portage, are in Long Eaton. You’ll also pass under a number of attractive bridges.
The canal will then take you through a flood gate before ending up at Trent Lock where you can exit the canal and take advantage of the many facilities there.
End: Trent Lock, Lock Lane, NG10 2FY
This trail has been created by British Canoeing. Find out more about this trail.