It was touch and go as to whether we were going or not as the River Soar had gone into flood. Luckily the river dropped overnight so we set off Friday morning. We had a very pleasant cruise mooring overnight at Trent Lock, where we were meeting up with other boaters from the Soar Boating Club.
Trent Lock, moored on the floating pontoon
Saturday morning we headed up the Erewash Canal, where we had plans to moor above Sandiacre Lock. The lock cottage was opened for us to look around and a slide show was arranged for the evening by the Erewash Canal Preservation Society, showing all the hard work they have done over the years.
Moored above Sandiacre Lock at the junction of the Derby Canal
The lock keeper’s cottage, dated 1779, is open to the public on Sunday afternoons.
Perhaps one day we will see the Derby Canal back in water, at the moment it is used as a cycle way
Harrington Mills in the background, former lace mills characterised by semi-circular turrets housing staircases. It is also where I now work at AMX Design, situated on the second floor.
As the forecast was not looking very good for Monday, we decided to head back in the dry on Sunday. We will definitely re-visit the Erewash Canal and make it to the Great Northern Basin at Langley Mill.