Walk down into the drained Long Eaton Lock this weekend

The Erewash Canal | Stuart Johnson, Flickr CC2.0

The Erewash Canal | Stuart Johnson, Flickr CC2.0 - 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:

Wey & Arun Canal celebrates 200 years

Nottingham Canal Festival: 1 October

Bubbles and boats at Banbury Canal Day