Shardlow on the Trent & Mersey Canal, Derbyshire
Nearly the end of November and winter appears to have arrived. Mist and frost to welcome in the morning… but also a sun determined to burn the mist away quickly. An ideal day for a walk along the canal. The Trent & Mersey Canal, as the name suggests links the River Trent on the Derbyshire Nottingham border, here in middle England, with the River Mersey and the Industrial North West. From Shardlow to the Mersey it is some 93 miles. It was once a major highway for goods, now it is a leisure waterway and part of the National Canal network. Today though it was quiet. CV19 restrictions have temporarily left the waters still….never seen them so calm. But on with the walk, join us on a stroll from Shardlow Basin to Derwent Mouth.
The start (or end depending upon direction of travel) is at Derwent Mouth. It is a wide expanse of water. Here the Derbyshire River Derwent, that has flowed down from high in the Peak District, ends it journey, entering the River Trent as it heads eastward to the North Sea. It is also here that the Trent & Mersey Canal has its junction with the two rivers. A series of Locks are used to maintain the water levels in the Canal and to enable it to rise above the river flood plain.
There is a bridge that straddles the River Trent. A sweeping Metal contraption. It is called ‘Long Horse Bridge‘. The clue is in the name….. the barges, that used to ply their trade along the canal, were for many years Horse Drawn. Todays bridge is a new addition, the original (and in my view) and much more attractive Long Horse Bridge, was lost some years ago in floods.
A real bonus day, not sure what tomorrow or indeed the weekend has in store for us weather wise….. so I hope you enjoyed this weather bonus.
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(C) David Oakes 2020