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Description of Grantham Canal: A 33 mile, 18 lock, broad canal from the River Trent at Nottingham to Grantham. Since extensive tree clearing and dredging is now in a navigable condition from above lock 15, through locks 16, 17 & 18 to the A1 near Grantham. Boats of up to 30 feet can wind at the A1 and above lock 18 where small winding holes have been excavated.
Trail-boats can be launched at the Denton slipway – normally locked for security. Shorter isolated navigable lengths are at Hickling and Cotgrave.
History of Grantham Canal: Authorised by an Act of 1793, opened in 1797, closed in 1936.
For more details see the History page.
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Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions of Grantham Canal: Length 75 foot, beam 14 foot. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page