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Canal Boating Article: Trent

Visit Trent from the following marina(s)

Anderton Marina

Linked to : Trent and Mersey Canal, Erewash Canal, River Soar, River Ouse, Humber Estuary, Stainforth and Keadby Canal, Chesterfield Canal, Fossdyke Navigation, Grantham Canal, River Dove.


The River Trent is one of the major rivers in the UK and its source is at the edge of Biddulph Moor in Staffordshire. It flows through the Midlands until it joins the River Ouse at Trent Falls to form the Humber Estuary which thens flows into the North Sea. The River Trent is navigable from Shardlow to the Humber at Trent Falls. It is still regularly used for commercial freight transport in its lower reaches and boaters should keep a good lookout for the large loaded gravel barges that still operate.



Shardlow was once a considerable inland port on the River Trent but now the area has been extensively developed for the leisure industry. Shardlow nestles on the Trent and the extensive facilities for visitors include a number of pubs, cafes and restaurants.


The Brewery Museum at The National Brewery Centre celebrates the social history of the development of brewing. Your guide will take you on a journey through each step of the brewing process and tell you stories of the people who helped to build Burton's world renowned brewing reputation. 

Trent bore, the Trent Aegir is a tidal wave on a five mile stretch between Derrythorpe and Gainsborough. Like the Severn bore it is caused by a particular combination of tides and the funnel shaped estuary.

The town of Newark is dominated by the ruined castle walls which were destroyed by Oliver Cromwell. The valley of the Trent has had many battles fought upon it, including nearby Stoke Field in 1487. Newark is well worth exploring as it is an interesting market town with a cobbled market place. 

Attenborough Nature Reserve covers 145 hectares and provides an ideal habitat for a wide range of plants, birds and other wildlife. The nature reserve is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. The reserve was established in 1966 and opened by Sir David Attenborough and is best known for its birds and waterfowl.

The National Watersports Centre boasts some of the best white water and flat water you will find anywhere in the UK. You can ride the rapids on the 700 meter purpose built course or just have a go at boating on the lake. Have a go at canoeing, kayaking, rowing, sailing, power boating and water skiing. The centre is set in 270 acres and is as well known for its beautiful country park as it is for its amazing activities. Stroll around the lake or take one of the nature trails and try and spot some of the wildlife that have made the park their home.

Trent Bridge is more than just a cricket ground it is open to the public and offers squash courts and indoor cricket nets. The Library holds the biggest collection of cricket books in the UK and the Club Shop stocks a huge range of cricket equipment and Notts and England replica wear.

PLACES TO VISIT - Burton-on-Trent, Nottingham, Stone, Stoke-on-Trent, Derby,

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