Rivers
Canoeing and Kayaking on : River Trent

The River Trent is one of the major rivers of England and is 180 miles long. Starting from Staffordshire, the river runs through Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, taking in the towns and cities of Stoke-on-Trent, Burton upon Trent, Derby, Nottingham, and Newark-on-Trent.

The entire length of the Trent can be used by Canoeists and kayakers - and it has been done. Click for more details

Trent Aegir

A naturally occurring tidal wave known as the Trent Aegir, occurs during high spring tides. The wave can be seen from these locations: Gainsborough
Morton, Owston Ferry and East Ferry, East and West Stockwith. View the map

Please note the Trent Aegir is not always visible, take a look at the predictions for 2012

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Lovely little campsite with friendly staff. We confirmed with the estates manager that as long as you are camping and don't annoy the fishermen you can launch or land here at any time of the year.

http://www.kelhamhall.co.uk/camping

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22 fishing spots that you can launch or land at as long as you are camping at the site and don't annoy the fishermen.

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Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire NG24, UK

Dating from the 12th century. More information here

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Long Eaton, Nottingham, UK

The Bliss Canoe Trail
"The longest round tour possible" 862.25 miles 1388km a circumnavigation of England by Inland Waterways.
From Canoe by William Bliss published in 1934
The trail is divided into regional sections with the aspiration that each RDT will facilitate and publish an annual opportunity for paddlers to complete their section of the tour.
This section of the trail has been adopted by HPP and Nottingham Canoe Club who will offer annually a tour on the section

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Finish for Day 5 Bliss Trail Expedition

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Farndon, Nottinghamshire, UK

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Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham NG12, UK

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Little Haywood, Staffordshire, UK

NB this is a National Trust Park - lermission to launch needs to be obtained.

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Little Haywood, Staffordshire, UK

Great set in, either side of river, farmers field or pub car park, a great loop down the Trent and back up the canal, loads of pubs along canal route

Bit of a walk from the pub or garden centre carpark to the canal and then steps down. On return via the river the exit from the river on the left side of the bank is extremely muddy and a hard slog across the field to a small parking area. The Exit next to the Wolsey Bridge pub is very steep with only a root to grab hold of and you have to skip in behind a tree to get there. It's also quite fast flowing under the bridge (late May). Whole loop is circa 2.5 - 3hrs.
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Great Haywood, Staffordshire, UK

Beach launch site, easy paddle down Trent, few tree obsticles great easy summer paddle.

Park at the Clifford Arms and its a short walk to here. They also have a lovely range of real ales on tap! http://cliffordarms.co.uk/
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Great Haywood, Staffordshire, UK

Easy weir

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Handsacre, Staffordshire WS15, UK

The Crown Inn
24 The Green, Handsacre, Rugeley, United Kingdom
01543 490003

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Handsacre, Staffordshire WS15, UK

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Stone, Staffordshire ST15, UK

Stone Canoe club launch site. Free off road parking and easy put in for all craft. Just be courteous if the club are having a practice session when you launch. Interesting little section of water to navigate before you get onto the river proper!
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Stone, Staffordshire ST15, UK

http://youtu.be/_bUdSR2lnyk

We extended this trip to Wolseley Bridge and at a leisurely pace it took us 7 hours.

Put in at Stone CC.

Several trees across the river that might pose a hazard at significantly higher levels, one soon after Stone requires a get out and lift over, others simply require neat approaches.

Weir just before Great Haywood is an akward 'in river portage' (scramble) but doable. If planning to shoot it note that there was a lot of debris spread all over which would pose a hazard to the unwary.

Excellent cakes at the canalside tea room at Essex Bridge!

Take out at Woseley Bridge, either directly under the bridge river right, or immediately after the bridge river left.

Great trip for a newbie (me) with flat water throughout except the broken weir at Haywood that can be portaged and the tiny weir at Essex Bridge that can be shot if there is enough water.
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Little Haywood, Staffordshire, UK

Great loop, east canal with cafe half way, great section of Trent, easy in summer, great in flood in the winter

Bit of a walk from the pub or garden centre carpark to the canal and then steps down. On return via the river the exit from the river on the left side of the bank is extremely muddy and a hard slog across the field to a small parking area. The Exit next to the Wolsey Bridge pub is very steep with only a root to grab hold of and you have to skip in behind a tree to get there. It's also quite fast flowing under the bridge (late May). Whole loop is circa 2.5 - 3hrs.
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Little Haywood, Staffordshire, UK

Great loop

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A small garden with an information board leads down to the water just upstream of the bridge on the Willington side of the river.

A lay by and car park (watch the restricted height entrance) is located 100yds back from the bridge.

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Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham NG12, UK

Adbolton Lane, West Bridgford
Nottingham
NG2 5AS

t: (+44) 0115 9813222
e: shop@peakuk.com
http://www.peakshop.co.uk

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Farndon, Nottinghamshire, UK

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

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on the main road theres a pull in . carry kayaks over the narrow bridge and enter river on the right side

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Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

Connects the Nottingham Canal to the River Trent

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West Bridgford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK

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Canal & River Trust Car Park - looks like its open all the time. Launch to the left hand side when looking at the lock from the car park.

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Great Haywood, Stafford, Staffordshire, UK

Broken weir with large boulders.

As at December 2016 the weir has a large tree fallen across 3/4 of it. It was a tricky venture (Looked G3/4) paddling through it during Storm Frank and the high waters, the only viable option was the right hand side assuming you miss the tree. Not the easiest portage but there are two locked gates and a field you can go up and over. Excellent seal launch opportunity on the downstream side as well.
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Quiet camping spot owned by a lovely old bloke. Water, toilets and showers (shower takes coins- can't remember if it's 20p or 50p pieces). Look for get out points on river right, a few dodgy stone steps up a steep bank. Road access from A38, exit is onto the farm after Hi- range 4x4. No slip road so slow down and stay left when you see Hi Range. To book call 01283 790217 and be patient as the old chap is a little hard of hearing!
Caravans, campervans and tents. Electric hookup available.

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Long Eaton, Nottingham, UK

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Roadside parking is next to the river making for a nice quick put in.

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Gunthorpe, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK

Parking is west of the lock outside the Bistro - might also be pay-and-display now.

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It's a fairly long portage. You will need to get out on the first jetty/pontoon and then walk up the ramp and along past the lock (felt like ages!) and then down to the other side. We did it late at night and was very tired. If we do this again during the day, we might try to sweet talk the lock master on the VHF and hopefully they will let us go down the loch with other traffic.

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Put in from a nice grassy area down the bumpy Trent Lane from the village. Probably best to park considerately back in the village after dropping off canoes.

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There is a tree completely across the river at this point. It is passable but with great care, there is no easy portage as the banks are steep and muddy. This may be easier at lower water levels.

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Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, UK

Shoot weir anywhere or portage left over stone wall. Danger of pinning at strong flow.

Empaddlers : Burton Upon Trent to Swarkstone
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Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, UK

Free public car park with height restriction. Access from grassy river bank from car park.

Empaddlers : Burton Upon Trent to Swarkstone
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Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, UK

This weir is best avoided. Usually too dry in low levels and a bad stopper in high levels. Awkward portage.

Empaddlers : Burton Upon Trent to Swarkstone
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Stanton by Bridge, Derby, UK

There are a couple of unofficial lay-bys to park in right by the river.

Empaddlers : Burton Upon Trent to Swarkstone
Tree now stuck in main channel river right, looks here to stay for a while
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Long Eaton, Derbyshire, UK

http://www.vintageinn.co.uk/thetrentlocksawley/findus/

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Long Eaton, Derbyshire, UK

There a few options to get onto the water here, but good concrete edge to enter from as long as not lots of moored narrowboats.

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Long Eaton, Derbyshire, UK

Avoidable using the canal bypass to the other side

Never paddled this but it looks like one of the best standing waves I have ever seen in the UK!
http://youtu.be/j89M0h6x3NE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j89M0h6x3NE
Think the YouTube videos posted above are from Sawley Weir, which is a mile or two upstream of this weir.
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Long Eaton, Derbyshire, UK

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

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Beeston, Nottinghamshire, UK

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Nottingham, UK

Several hundred meters along Trent of concrete steps lowering to trents waters edge, lots of parking a short trip over grass bank to waters edge, watch out for the Canadian Geese though !

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Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham NG12, UK

Great access to the Trent and the Watersports Centre : rapids etc.

National Water Sports Centre
Holme Pierrepont
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG12 2LU
Tel : 0115 9824721

http://www.nwscnotts.com/accommodation/campsite/

http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/details.asp?revid=2901

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Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, UK

Just along from the National Water Sports Centre. Parking available right by the access point.

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Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham, UK

Part of the National Water Sports Centre in Nottinghamshire

National Water Sports Centre
Paddle Point updated to a Play Spot
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Gunthorpe, Nottingham, UK

Good access although slipway is actually for the ski club. The carpark belongs to the Unicorn hotel, so you should ask in there out of courtesy.

Ski club contact : Bob Gamble 0793 506755

http://www.unicornhotelpub.co.uk/

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Gunthorpe, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG14, UK

Trentside
Gunthorpe
NG14 7FB

Telephone: 0115 9663612

http://www.unicornhotelpub.co.uk/

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Bleasby, Nottingham, UK

Plenty of parking and easy access.

This is the site of an ancient river crossing. More information

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Bleasby, Nottingham, UK

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Bleasby, Nottingham, UK

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Farndon, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire NG23, UK

Public carpark.

There are two slipways here, one belongs to the pub, and although there is a sign saying there is a charge, they have never charged me. Always polite to buy a drink though.

Not sure who owns the other one. There is sometimes a fisherman on it but they have always seemed friendly.

The Riverside Pub and Kitchen
North End, Farndon, Nr Newark, NG24 3SX
Telephone 01636 710990

Riverside Farndon

New launching charges.
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Farndon, Nottinghamshire, UK

North End, Farndon, Nr newark, NG24 3SX
Telephone 01636 710990

http://www.riversidefarndon.co.uk/index.php?page=home

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Averham, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, UK

It has been reported that the The fishing rights on both banks of the river below the weir at Averham are owned by The Nottingham Piscatorial Society and as such any person travelling (or paddling in this case) on the river is deemed to be trespassing.


Lots of boulders in this weir

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Averham, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, UK

It has been reported that the The fishing rights on both banks of the river below the weir at Averham are owned by The Nottingham Piscatorial Society and as such any person travelling (or paddling in this case) on the river is deemed to be trespassing.


This section of the Trent is undredged and natural. Plenty of birds, many kingfishers seen on this section. The river winds round Averham, Kelham avoiding the Newark Navigation area. Rejoins the main part of Trent North of Newark.

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Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire NG24, UK

If the drop is too high, you can go through the white gate shown and find an easier launch.

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Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, UK

There are various points you can access here. Kayaking the weir can be dangerous especially when the water is low. Read the link below.
People also seal launch from the bridge.
Videos of Newark Weir

More Information : River Trent - Newark Weir


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Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, UK

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Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, UK

There is a canoe access point just downstream of the lock - between the lock and the castle.
Parking is over the grass area.

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

There is a lock here, but hard to portage. Best to use the weir stream.

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

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Ferry Lane
NG23 6HB

01636 704943
http://www.northmuskham.com/index.php?pr=Muskham_Ferry

Please buy a drink if using this launch. If parking, please ask first.

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1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

North of this lock, the River Trent is tidal.

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Cromwell weir passes to the side of the lock protected by a safety boom. This was the site of a tragedy in 1975 when 10 members of the parachute squadron of the Royal Engineers lost their lives whilst taking part in a training exercise. There is a memorial to those that lost their lives near to the lock site. Taken from Trent Vale - Boating

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The Slipway or ‘Tank Ramp’ as it is known locally lies north of the village of Burton Stather on the eastern bank of the River Trent immediately below the steep escarpment that forms the northern end of the Lincoln Edge. It was built at the beginning of WWII by the 79th Armoured Division of Royal Engineers and saw military use until around 1948. It primary purpose was for secret testing of amphibious craft and associated ancillaries, many of them prototypes, prior to their use in conflict (or as often happened, abandoned as examples of how not to do it!). For more information see Burton upon Stather Heritage Group