Trent Lock - Sawley

Trent Lock - Sawley

Trent Lock, Lock Lane, Sawley, Long Eaton, NG10 2FY.

Trent Lock is the first lock on the Erewash Canal. A large settlement grew up around the lock because it was a busy meeting point for several waterways. It became known as ‘Waters Meet’ by boaters. Trent Lock allows boats to go up the Erewash canal or down the River Trent.

A major waterway junction

A visit to Trent Lock can help you understand the difference between canals and rivers.

Through guided walks pupils will see both the flowing River Trent and the start of the Erewash Canal. It’s a great place to spot boats and a fantastic location to learn about canal history and wildlife.


Our team of Explorers Education Volunteers offers you the opportunity to visit this important local lock and support learning with guided walks and workshops focusing on local history, wildlife, or STEM.


Free facilities for teachers include pre-visits, risk assessments and downloadable trails.

Practicalities include limited toilets, café and indoor workshop space for booked activities. Parking is available.

Don't forget a boat trip!

A local boat company also provide short boat trips around the area and can co-ordinate with us to allow boat trips to fit in with our workshop sessions.


Visits to Trent Lock are FREE!