The Erewash Canal

runs from Trent Lock rising about 110 feet via 14 locks  during its journey through Derbyshire to Langley Mill in Nottinghamshire.

Completed in 1779, it started out as a very profitable canal, but by the middle of the 19th century trade began to decline due to the impact of the railways and then the closure of the Cromford Canal due to a tunnel collapse.

By the end of World War Two it was in complete decline, the canal was nationalised and commercial traffic ceased in 1952.

Businesses close to the canal in Long Eaton were alarmed by an article in the local paper in 1967 reporting that the government  intended to close the canal and make it a remainder waterway.

For a fuller account of the Erewash Canal timeline see our Erewash History page.

About Us

The Erewash Canal Preservation & Development Association (ECP&DA) was formed as a direct result of the newspaper article published in 1967. Local residents, business proprietors and councillors got together and formed the Erewash Canal Action Committee, which later became ECP&DA.

The ECP&DA is a Registered Charity No. 1173704 Headquarters: 130 Derby Road, Langley Mill, Derbyshire NG16 4AA  

The ECP&DA was formed in 1968 to protect the Erewash canal from closure. In the years since ECP&DA have been very pro-active in looking after the whole length of the Erewash Canal for the benefit of local residents and visitors to the Erewash Valley and surrounding area.

Join Us

We look forward to welcoming you as a member of the ECP&DA. Your membership is extremely valuable to us. 

As a member you will receive our monthly PDF Newsletter "Erewash Navigator" by email and our printed Outlook magazine (this is also available via email if you prefer. Note: There is no newsletter in the months the Outlook is issued. (Our Editor is always on the lookout for news articles).

We also have a Club 70 (lotto) for which you can buy a number. Draws are made monthly with £10 and £5 wins, with an additional bonus draw in December of £35 and £15.

For further information contact our Membership Secretary: membership.ecpda@virginmedia.com