A very easy and relaxing walk, about half along the towpath of the Trent and Mersey Canal. A visit is also paid to a former important crossing point of the River Trent.
The southern boundary of the parish is formed by the river, which was an important means of transport for many years. It was navigable from the Humber to Nottingham and boats could continue upstream as far as King’s Mill, when there was a sufficient depth of water to enable them to be hauled over the shallows. Today the river crossing is gone, but there is a clear view at this point of the ancient King’s Mill Public House.
Following the opening of the canal in the 1770`s, most waterborne traffic went along the Trent and Mersey Canal, carrying plaster and alabaster from nearby workings. Nowadays it mostly used for leisure purposes.
After leaving the canal at The Cliff, the walk passes Weston Church, which may seem a little isolated from the village, but originally the settlement was located much closer.
Length: 4 miles.
Start/Finish: Weston Village Hall.
Location: On Main Street, facing the Methodist Chapel on the western side of the village.
Terrain: Easy mainly flat walk by the canal, along lanes and through fields to the former King’s Mill ferry crossing. It can be difficult after heavy rain.
1. Walk down the side of Weston Village Hall, turn left, along Trent Lane.
2. After about 400 yards, follow the road round to the right that leads you down to the canal.
3. Cross Weston Lock Bridge, turn left and walk along the canal towpath for almost one mile.
4. At Bridge Number 7, with Weston Grange on the left, turn right along a rough track.
5. Continue along the track, until 75 yards after going under a railway bridge, you take the stile on the right to enter a field.
6. Cross the field angling slightly to the left to a wooden gate and stile that you can see on the far side.
7. In the next field head to the left of an electric pylon, and aim for a white topped marker post by the River Trent, to what was originally a river crossing point.
8. With your back to the river angle towards the top left hand corner of the field. The stile is by a metal gate about 50 yards in from the corner of the field.
9. Turn right down a lane, which leads you back to Weston Lock, where you turn left along the canal towpath.
10. Pass under Scotch Bridge Number 9, and leave the canal at the next bridge.
11. Walk over the canal bridge and follow the path as it climbs up to the left, before bending to the right along a tarmac road.
12. In about 200 yards take the fenced path on the right leading to Weston Church.
13. Pass the church on the left and walk down the driveway to the road.
14. Turn right on reaching the road, cross the bridge over the railway line and continue for a few yards further back to the start of the walk.
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PLACES OF SPECIAL INTEREST IN THE LOCALITY
Shardlow Heritage Centre (Tel. 01332 792334) housed in the old Salt Warehouse, the centre features displays of canal and village life of this historic inland port. Open from Good Friday to the end of October - Weekends and Bank Holidays only, from 12-5pm. Some additional opening and guided walks around Shardlow available – telephone for details.
Elvaston Castle Country Park (Tel. 01332 571342) was the first Country Park to be opened in Britain. Set in 200 acres of parkland with an ornamental lake, extensive gardens, stony grottoes, rock archways and many other interesting features. Open daily.
The Donington Grand Prix Collection (Tel. 01332 811027) is the world’s largest collection of Grand Prix racing cars. Exhibits from 1900 to the present day detailing the history of motor racing are on show. Open daily.
Melbourne Hall Tea Rooms (Tel. 01332 864224) situated in what used to be the washrooms and bake house of the hall. One of the old baking ovens still remains in these delightful old tea rooms that have built up an enviable reputation for light meals and teas. Open during the summer Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays. Reduced winter opening.
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Weston on Trent, seven miles south east of Derby, is a smallish village standing only a short distance from the river which gave it its name.
The River Trent has been navigable from the Humber to Nottingham from earliest times and boats could continue upstream as far as Kings Mill at Weston, when there was a sufficient depth of water to enable them to be hauled over the shallows. It was, however, the Trent and Mersey Canal that had the greatest influence on its growth.
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