This is a very diverse paddle taking in city centre sights right through to peaceful country side settings. In Nottingham city you can see the old “British Waterways” building adjoining the canal and catch glimpses of Nottingham castle on top of its hill. Its a clean canal as it has a small flow from the Trent passing through it. and for the most part is quite wide to accommodate the barges that travel along its length. On the canal is a marina to be explored en route and there are terrapins swimming in the canal if your lucky to catch a glimpse. Returning on the river you pass the war memorial on the left bank which is a good spot to find an ice cream van if you fancy one. The river can be busy on nice days with all manner of traffic from Tour boats to rowers but its very wide allowing plenty of space for all.

How to get there:

Just put in Victoria Embankment # London Road (A60) Nottingham on sat nav


Easy parking in the city and a good picnic spot at the halfway point with hot food and toilets


The first portage requires boats to be carried up a stairway and the switch from the canal to the Trent again requires a short carry of boats. Although getting in after Beeston weir the flow can be felt for half a mile or so and at low river levels there can be some shallow spots on the river.

Ins and Outs:

The best spot to start this circular tour is to park and launch from Victoria Embankment off the London road (A60) in Nottingham city centre where you can usually park within fifty feet of the road cross the grass and launch off the concrete steps bordering the river. Push off with the flow and pass under the Trent bridge (A60). After a few yards there is a current of water on the left from the canal lock spill (can give a small push to right) immediately after this is where the canal joins. Go past and get out on the floating pontoon on left and carry up steps off pontoon re launching onto the canal. There are a couple more easy locks to portage around (low get outs on flat) then follow the canal out into the country side for a 5 mile paddle in total of the canal section finishing at Beeston lock where you need to get out on the left hand bank immediately before lock. its a short carry up the steps past the Canal Trust toilet block onto the path across the grass to the River Trent embankment, right just past the weir. This is a very good spot for a picnic with table and chairs provided on grass. If you fancy some hot food walk back over canal bridge and turn left. Go 250 meters to the Boat House café.

The launch into the river needs the boat to be lowered a couple of feet down a concrete step (river level dependant) and head out into the flow some submerged rock are around so paddle with caution until out into the middle then enjoy a 5 mile paddle down a scenic river back to the finish at Victoria embankment. At low river levels the shallow spots are mostly toward the right bank.


Great 10 Mile loop of the Nottingham canal and River Trent going through urban and rural locations


Nottingham Trent Loop


Chris Moore