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Walks Index

Waterway Walks & Explorations

A rough, illustrated, guide to the former Derby Canal, with Derwent and Little Eaton Branches, and what they look like today.

By clicking the icon in the top left of the map window, you can select/deselect other options to view or click the icon top right to view full screen. Click on the markers to see photographs (some have multiple images) and descriptions of the locations.

The Flickr photos for this map are also viewable at

The canal route is shown in blue and the tramway in orange .

The route is unusual in that there were, in effect, two separate canals into Derby, one from the River Trent and the Trent & Mersey Canal and the second from the Erewash Valley coafields via the Erewash Canal at Sandiacre, which met in the city with a third waterway branch which was in turn fed by a tramway with coal from the Denby area via Little Eaton. See also my Little Eaton Gangway link .

I have found a number of websites with more information on the waterway and its history. The following are just samples.
Follow these links for further information:- All links should open in a new tab.

For a historic map of the route, follow this link and then adjust the transparency on the slider scale to view the present day appearance:
Click Here for Historic Map

The best starting point is probably This wikipedia entry

This website is for the Derby and Sandiacre Canal Society who are seeking to restore the canal.