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A visit to Gunthorpe Lock is a blissful way to spend an afternoon and be sure to pack a picnic if the weather is good. An important river crossing for many years, the first Gunthorpe Bridge was built in 1875 but before this a ferry was the only means of crossing the river here. You can discover more about the lock from the interpretation panel and listening post on site. There's excellent disabled access, with ample car parking and a wide towpath.


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General information

Address: Gunthorpe Lock, Trentside, Gunthorpe, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG14 7FB

Visit time: 1hr - 2hrs

Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing

Parking: For further parking information please visit the 'nearby' section on this page

Toilets: For customers of the local pub/café

Free visitor guide

Great for

  • Dog walking
  • Cycling
  • Walking


More information about parking and prices is available online.

Spot a boat

It's a busy lock, so you should see boats in the summer - also look out for the onsite lock keeper


Boat trips

  • Gunthorpe Leisure Boats Ltd

    Motored boats for hire (daytime), Boat trips - public, Boat trips - charter, Boat trips - education / community

Picnic spot

Dust down your hampers and pick up some strawberries as this is a very popular spot for a picnic


You may see:

  • Swans
  • Ducks

This is a fantastic area for spotting some aquatic wildlife, our challenge: see how many waterbirds you can spot in five minutes