Address: Gunthorpe Lock, Trentside, Gunthorpe, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG14 7FB View on Google map
Opening times: The towpath is open every day
Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing
Toilets: For customers of the local pub/café
A visit to Gunthorpe Lock on the outskirts of Nottingham is a blissful way to spend an afternoon and be sure to pack a picnic if the weather is good. An important river crossing on the River Trent for many years, the first Gunthorpe Bridge was built in 1875. 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 plenty of car parking and a wide towpath.
It's a busy lock, so you should see boats in the summer - and look out for the onsite lock keeper!
Places to eat:
Dust down your hampers and pick up some strawberries - this is a very popular spot for a picnic
This is a fantastic area for spotting some aquatic wildlife, our challenge: see how many waterbirds you can spot in five minutes!
By car - there is a car park near by
By train - bit of trek from Lowdham Station
By bus - the hourly service of the Rushcliffe Villager goes from Nottingham to Gunthorpe