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Waterways and wetlands

Many of our countryside sites  contain waterways or ponds that provide valuable habitats for wildlife and areas for quiet enjoyment by locals and visitors.


Pinxton Wharf

Fishing is permitted on many of our waterways and ponds.

Several different arrangements exist for the issuing of fishing permits. To find out more about fishing and fishing permits please visit your nearest countryside visitor centre to the area where you wish to fish.

Visitors are not permitted to use boats, inflatable items or any other devices on our waterways and ponds.

 

  • Bluebank Pools Local Nature Reserve (LNR)

    A local nature reserve (LNR) on the Chesterfield Canal


  • Chesterfield Canal

    The Chesterfield Canal is an oasis of calm, a beautiful waterway and its surrounding countryside is within minutes of the hustle and bustle of supermarkets and the busy town of Chesterfield. It was built more than 200 years ago.


  • Cromford Canal

    The Cromford Canal was last used as a working waterway in 1944.


  • Cromford Wharf

    Cromford Wharf is the historic terminus of Cromford Canal. Built at the end of the 18th century, the wharf was designed to cater for large amounts of both incoming and outgoing traffic.


  • Derby Canal (Borrowash)

    The Derby Canal was built by James Brindley in 1796. It ran from Swarkestone, on the Trent and Mersey Canal to Sandiacre, on the Erewash Canal.


  • Derby Canal (Sandiacre)

    The Derby Canal was built by James Brindley in 1796. It ran from Swarkestone, on the Trent and Mersey Canal to Sandiacre, on the Erewash Canal.


  • Kirk Hallam Lake and Meadows

    Meadows and Lake on the outskirts of Ilkeston.


  • Pinxton Wharf

    Located on the edge of Pinxton the site comprises a section of the Pinxton Canal and wharf pond.


  • Tibshelf Ponds

    Tibshelf Ponds, at the southern end of the Five Pits Trail, is a lovely place for short walks around the ponds, through wildflower rich meadows and woodlands.


  • Williamthorpe Nature Reserve

    Come and visit one of our newest local nature reserves. Williamthorpe is a great place for bird watching, wildflowers and generally enjoying the countryside. The ponds and reed beds are a wildlife haven nestling in maturing woodland and hidden from the surrounding bustle of industry.