The Trent and Mersey Canal & River Trent


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This 2 disk set covers two waterways that meet at Shardlow in the East Midlands.

The Trent & Mersey Canal
Originally known as the Grand Trunk Canal, it formed the backbone of James Brindley’s vision for a waterway transport system linking the industrial centres to the coalfields, and to Britain’s major ports. The East coast ports are accessed via the River Trent, while at the western end, it joined the Mersey. It passes through the once heavily industrialised Potteries, where steel was once made, and it joins the coalfields of the North Midlands. Today most of the industry has gone as has coal extraction, and we are left with a pleasant cruising route which follows the valleys of the Rivers Weaver and upper Trent. (Run Length 57 mins)

The River Trent
The river has been an important transport route since the Bronze Age. The Romans recognised it as a major trade route and the Danes used it to invade us. Our journey begins at Shardlow. The navigation that we see today was engineered in the 1920s. The programme explores Nottingham, and the delightful town of Newark. At Cromwell lock, we set out onto the tideway, an act which requires a good deal of preparation and this DVD guides you on how to tackle it safely. The tideway is fast and exciting, and we show you what happens when you meet a 600 tonne gravel barge, and what happens when you get buzzed by water skiers. We stop off to explore Gainsborough, and negotiate the difficult entrance into Keadby lock. (Run Length 60 mins)

In PAL DVD-R format, suitable for the UK, European and Australia / New Zealand markets. Will also play in laptops anywhere.