Walk down into the drained Long Eaton Lock this weekend
- Credit: Archant
If you’re in the Long Eaton area and what to find out more about the workings of a lock and what it takes to restore them, why not visit the Erewash this weekend (Sunday 2 October)
The lock, in between Derby and Nottingham, is currently undergoing £100,000 of restoration works, which has required it to be drained so gates can be replaced and approach walls repaired.
The open day provides a rare opportunity to climb down into a drained lock and explore brickwork going back over 230 years. Just make sure you bring sturdy footwear!
There will be guides so you can learn about the history of the canal, built in the 1770s, the present work being done and what the future holds for the waterway.
Restoration work is expected to finish on 9 October and Long Eaton Lock re-opened the following day, so don’t miss this chance to see it from a different perspective.
The open day runs from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 2 October.
Also this weekend:
- 1 Winifred: a 1980s hire boat refit with reclaimed wood
- 2 Boat test: “Oyster Catcher” the permanent house boat
- 3 Weekend visits: a trip down Basingstoke canal
- 4 4 Interior Design Ideas for Your Narrowboat
- 5 Boat test: 'Whitsuntide No2' hybrid 52ft canal boat by Trinity Boats
- 6 Stormin' Norman: singlehandedly navigating the waterways, aged 86
- 7 Linking Lichfield: the Lichfield Canal restoration
- 8 Stretching your narrow boat: process and advice
- 9 Cruise Guide | Grand Union Canal, Part 2 | Braunston to Marsworth
- 10 The waterways heritage spotter: narrow gauge railway tracks