Collingham and Cromwell Lock Walk
The Nottinghamshire village of Collingham is located in a nice rural location close to the River Trent.
This circular walk from the village heads west to the River Trent to visit Cromwell Lock and Weir. The walk starts on the western side of the village where you can pick up the Trent Valley Way and follow the waymarked trail south and the west along Westfield Lane. This will take you to the River near to Cromwell Lock. Cromwell Weir by the side of the lock is one of the largest weirs on the Trent and marks the tidal limit of the river. Near the lock you'll also find a memorial garden with a block of Scottish granite bearing the names of ten members of the 131 Parachute Squadron, Royal Engineers. They were killed after a power failure caused the navigation lights on the weir to go out and their boat went over the crest.
The route then heads north along the river before following Carlton Ferry Lane back to the village.
Collingham Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Collingham Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Collingham OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Collingham Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Back in Collingham The Royal Oak is a good choice for some post walk refreshments. The friendly Community Pub has a good menu and drinks selection. There's also a large garden which has been extended and landscaped with trees, plants, patio areas and lawn. It's a lovely spot to relax in on warmer days. You can find them on Station Road with a postcode of NG23 7RA for your sat navs.
The country and river trails are a nice one to do with your dog. The Royal Oak mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head a few miles south east of the village and you can enjoy some peaceful woodland trails around Stapleford Woods. The village is also not far from Newark on Trent where you can try the Newark River Walk. Here you can visit the Town Lock, Newark Castle, Trent Bridge and the Millgate Museum. You can reach the town by following the riverside path south for a few miles.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Nottinghamshire Walks page.