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Waterways of Nottinghamshire

Navigable Rivers and Canals within Nottinghamshire

Whitsunday Pie Lock No 60 on the Chesterfield Canal.

Chesterfield Canal

Waterway's place in Nottinghamshire :

From Shireoaks Aqueduct, where the canal crosses into Nottinghamshire from Yorkshire, to Trent Lock No 65, where it joins the River Trent, the canal runs 28 miles through Nottinghamshire.

Waterway Description:

Now navigable for 31 miles from the River Trent at West Stockwith to the Norwood Tunnel at Kiveton Park. A further 5 mile isolated section is available for trailboats between Chesterfield and Staveley

History:

Promoted by an Act of 1771, and opened in 1777, it originally ran 45.5 miles from Chesterfield to the Trent.

Points of Interest:

Water levels are maintained by pumping. Only for topping up at Retford, the rest is by gravity.

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Grand Union Leicester Section

Waterway's place in Nottinghamshire :

The navigation enters Leicestershire just before the just north of Loughborough, near Bishop Meadow Bridge, where the waterway becomes the River Soar which is the boundary with Leicestershire, thus this section is in both counties except for a short cut at Zouch which is wholly in Nottinghamshire. This joint boundary.continues to the River Soar's northern end where it joins the River Trent.

Waterway Description:

Runs 66 miles from the Grand Union Main Line at Norton Junction to the River Trent, near Trent Lock.

History:

Acts of 1776 (River Soar Navigation) and 1791 (Leicester Canal) and opened in 1794. The old Grand Union Canal, linking the Grand Junction to the Leicester line, was Authorised by an Act was passed in May 1810 and it was opened in 1814.

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Loughborough Navigation

Waterway's place in Nottinghamshire :

A waterway part in Leicestershire but for much of its course forming the boundary with Nottinghamshire.

Waterway Description:

The original, 9.25 miles, River Soar navigation from Loughborough to the Trent, now part of the G.U. Leicestershire Section.

History:

Authorised by Acts of 1766 (river improvements) and 1776 (canal work), opened in 1780. Became part of the Grand Union Canal in 1932.

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Nottingham Canal

Waterway's place in Nottinghamshire :

A canal entirely within Nottinghamshire.

Waterway Description:

Originally a 14.75 mile broad canal from Langley Mill, on the Erewash Canal, to Nottingham, on the Trent Navigation. Abandoned and mostly un-navigable.

History:

Promoted under an Act of 1792, opened in 1796, abandoned in 1937 except for the section from the Trent to Beeston Cut which is now part of the River Trent Navigation.

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River Idle

Waterway's place in Nottinghamshire :

The whole of the navigable river is in Nottinghamshire.

Waterway Description:

This shallow river is used mainly for drainage and runs almost 11 miles from Bawtry to Stockwith, where it joins the River Trent.

History:

Promoted under an Act of 1720. Navigation rights were ended by the Trent River Authority (General Powers) Act 1972.

Points of Interest:

Draught is 2ft 6 ins to Idle Stop and 1ft 6 ins above.

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River Trent

Waterway's place in Nottinghamshire :

From its junction with the River Soar the River Trent forms the boundary between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. From the River Erewash Junction at Barton in Fabis the river crosses completely into Nottinghamshire. The river continues entirely in Nottinghamshire until North Clifton where the river becomes the boundary between Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire until Susworth, where the river crosses entirely into Lincolnshire.

Waterway Description:

The navigation runs 94.75 miles from Wilden Ferry to Trent Falls, where it joins the Rivers Ouse and Humber. The first 42 miles are non-tidal

History:

Promoted by Acts of 1699, 1783, 1794 and 1906.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

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