GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Erewash Canal

12 miles (19 km)

Follow the Erewash canal through south Derbyshire on this waterside cycling and walking route. The canal runs from Trent Lock near Long Eaton to the Langley Mill (Great Northern) basin. You can follow the towpath all the way on your bike or on foot. It's a nice easy route that runs for about 12 miles so it's a good family cycle ride or long walk. On the way you'll pass old mills, pretty locks and a number of stone bridges. The areas around Nutbrook Junction and Trowell Marsh are nature reserves where you can look out for a wide variety of wildlife. There's also nice views of the River Erewash and the surrounding countryside. The canal forms part of the larger Erewash Valley Trail so it's easy to extend your exercise on this circular route.
You start off at Trent Lock on the border ofDerbyshire, LeicestershireandNottinghamshire. It's a major canal junction where several significant waterways meet including the River Soar, theTrent and Mersey Canal, theRiver Trentand the Erewash Canal. The canal then weaves its way through the town of Long Eaton to Sandiacre. You continue north toIlkeston, passing Gallows Inn, before finishing atLangley Mill at the basin of the Erewash Canal.
You can virtually follow part of the route along the canal from Trent Lock by clicking on the google street view link below.
To continue your walking in the area you can visit the lovely Attenborough Nature Reserve which is located near the start of the canal at Long Eaton. You can follow the Trent Valley Way along the River Trent to reach the reserve.
The canal also forms part of the Nutbrook Trail Cycle Route which runs up to Shipley Country Park on a dismantled railway line.

Erewash Canal OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Erewash Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Open Street Map with Location tracking

Photos

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Trent Lock, route start

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Sandiacre Lock

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Springfield Mill Reflections

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St Giles Church from the Erewash Canal at Sandiacre

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Heron

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Potters lock,Ilkeston

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Bennerley Viaduct

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Langley Mill (Great Northern) basin of the Erewash Canal

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Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Erewash Canal.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

Erewash Canal.mmo (right click - 'Save As')

Map