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 interactive guided walks and inspiring sessions focusing on:

KS1 & KS2

Discover Canal people 

How people lived and Local history.

Habitats and lifecycles 

The importance of wildlife and biodiversity.

Build a canal 

Discover how were the canals made.

Water safety

Learn how to be safe around the water’s edge.

A Plastic Challenge

Help us clear our canal of plastic and help reduce, re-use and re-cycle to benefit our environment.

How a lock works

Discover how a lock works, what it does and see one in operation.


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.