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Derby Canal

The Derby Canal ran for 14.5 miles (23,2 km) from Sandiacre on the Erewash Canal to Swarkestone on the Trent & Mersey Canal, via the city of Derby.  There two branches, to Little Eaton, and a short branch to River Derwent in Derby.

Map showing the Derby Canal

Facts & Stats

14 .5miles


The length of the Derby Canal.

12 locks

There were 9 locks on the main line, 2 on the Little Eaton Branch and 1 on the branch to the River Derwent


Year closed

Restoration Underway

The Derby & Sandiacre Canal Trust, formed in 1994, plans to reopen the through route from Sandiacre to Swarkestone, plus a link to Derby on a new route via a boat lift and the River Derwent.  A trip boat has been launched on the River Derwent.

Waterway underfunding

Hundreds of miles of waterways – along with their unique heritage and habitats – are currently starved of funding and rely on constant lobbying by us to safeguard their future.

Sustainable Boating

We want boating on canals and rivers to be more sustainable and – even though the current overall contribution to UK carbon emissions is very small – we want to help reduce emissions on the waterways.

Waterways Heritage at Risk

Britain’s canals and rivers are a unique, living heritage. But that heritage is at risk – from urban development, lack of protection, loss of skills and knowledge and climate change.

You can help Save Waterways Heritage.

Waterway restoration

Restoring the UK’s blue infrastructure – our inherited network of navigable canals and rivers – is good for people and places.