River Trent - The Derbyshire and Leicestershire Trent

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Swarkestone to Cavendish Bridge, Shardlow

Downstream of Swarkestone Bridge the river meanders in the floodplain and is crossed by the former Midland Railway Derby to Ashby line now a cycle trail. Weston Wharf provided a transhipment point for gypsum between the river and Trent & Mersey Canal.

SK3728 : The Trent in Flood at Swarkestone by Ian Calderwood SK3728 : River Trent downstream of Swarkestone Bridge by John M SK3827 : River Trent upstream of the former Midland Railway Bridge by John M SK3827 : Midland Railway Bridge over the River Trent by John M SK3827 : River Trent downstream of the Midland Railway Bridge by John M SK3927 : Weston Cliff Wharf by Ian Calderwood

From King's Mills with its shallows and historic ford the river forms the county boundary between Leicestershire and Derbyshire.

SK3827 : River Trent east from former railway bridge by Malcolm Reeve SK4127 : Woodland above the Trent at King's Mills by Andy Stephenson SK4127 : Kings Mills from the north bank of the RIver Trent by Malcolm Reeve SK4429 : River Trent at Shardlow by Chris J Dixon

A toll bridge was opened at Shardlow in 1761. It was named after William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire who was the patron for the scheme. The current bridge dates from 1957 replacing a temporary Bailey Bridge provided when the original bridge was washed away in 1947.

SK4429 : A glimpse of the river and bridge at Cavendish Bridge by John M SK4429 : View upstream of River Trent at Cavendish Bridge by John M SK4429 : Cavendish Bridge over the River Trent by John M SK4430 : Toll Charges for Cavendish Bridge, Shardlow by Chris J Dixon

Cavendish Bridge, Shardlow to Sawley Bridge

Below Cavendish Bridge the river becomes fully navigable with a marina and a mile downstream.

SK4429 : Former Cavendish Bridge Brewery by John M SK4430 : Shardlow Marina by Chris J Dixon SK4430 : Exit from the marina to the River Trent by John M

The new footbridge replaced a 1930s concrete Longhorse Bridge.

SK4530 : Pipe bridge below Cavendish Bridge by Stephen McKay SK4530 : River Trent below Cavendish Bridge by Stephen McKay SK4530 : Footpath beside the River Trent, Hemington Fields by Stephen McKay SK4530 : Longhorse Bridge has gone by David Lally SK4530 : New footbridge over the River Trent at Shardlow by Graham Hogg

It is joined by a major tributary the River Derwent and the Trent & Mersey Canal. The River Derwent rises on the gritstone moors of the 'Dark Peak' area of the Peak District and flows through Matlock and Derby. The river lock marks the start of the Trent and Mersey Canal.

SK4530 : The Canal starts (or ends) here by John Darch SK4530 : Derwent Mouth by David Lally SK4530 : Derwent Mouth by Stephen McKay SK4530 : River Trent by Geoff Pick

The river flows beneath the M1 motorway and meets the Sawley cut, one of a number of river locks.

SK4630 : Pipe bridge above Sawley by Stephen McKay SK4630 : M1 bridge over the River Trent by Ray FolwellSK4630 : Barrier at Sawley Weir looking up the cut by Andy Jamieson SK4631 : Sawley Weir by Andy Jamieson SK4631 : The Trent at Sawley by Andy Jamieson

The Harrington Bridge at Sawley built in 1786 as a turnpike replaced the Sawley Ferry. The current bridge dates from 1905-6.

SK4731 : Bridges at Sawley over the Trent by Andy Jamieson SK4731 : Bridge over the Trent at Sawley by Andy Jamieson

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