The Tidal River Trent

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River Trent

The River Trent, the third longest river in England emerges at around 919ft (280m) on Biddulph Moor and flows for 185 miles (298km) eventually discharging into the Humber Estuary at Trent Falls. The limit of navigation is at Burton on Trent.

This section of river follows the river downstream from Cromwell Lock to its confluence with the River Ouse at Trent Falls to form the River Humber. Along this section it is a significant lowland river with arable farming on brown earth based alluvial soils.

Cromwell Lock to Carlton Beck

1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
Cromwell lock was built in 1908, extended and improved in 1935 and 1960. Below this point the river is tidal and becomes more difficult for pleasure boat users. Median maximum flows are 446m3/s, 100000 gallons/second.

SK8061 : Nottinghamshire's answer to Niagara by Jonathan Thacker SK8061 : Cromwell Lock and Weir by Christine Hasman SK8061 : In Cromwell Lock by Graham Horn SK8062 : Fisherman on the Trent by Graham Horn
SK8163 : 49km by Alan Murray-Rust SK8163 : River Trent below Carlton by Alan Murray-Rust SK8163 : Gravel wharf at Besthorpe by Graham Horn SK8163 : Besthorpe Quarry jetty by Alan Murray-Rust
SK8063 : Moving downstream by Alan Murray-Rust SK8064 : Carlton Wharf by Alan Murray-Rust SK8064 : Carlton-on-Trent - signpost, spire and windmill by Dave Bevis SK8064 : Carlton-on-Trent - barge above Teal's Wharf by Dave Bevis SK8064 : Riverside gate by Alan Murray-Rust SK8064 : Carlton Rack by Graham Horn

Carlton Beck to the Fleet

SK8164 : Carlton Rack by Jonathan Thacker SK8164 : Carlton Rack by Alan Murray-Rust SK8164 : River Trent near Besthorpe Quay by Alan Murray-Rust SK8164 : Besthorpe wharf by Graham Horn SK8165 : Km 54 by Jonathan Thacker
SK8165 : The River Trent at Meering by Jonathan Thacker SK8065 : So near and yet so far by Jonathan Thacker SK8065 : Rounding Springhead by Graham Horn SK8165 : Passing Besthorpe Nature Reserve by Graham Horn SK8166 : Confluence of the Fleet and the Trent by Jonathan Thacker

The Fleet is a former course of the River Trent flowing north past Collingham and Besthorpe. The River Trent changed course to an easterly channel around 1600 some 2km away from its previous path.


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