The Erewash Canal runs for 18.5 km (11.5 mi), mostly following the path of the River Erewash.
It runs from the River Trent and the Soar Navigation at Trent Lock to Langley Mill, where it joins the now derelict Nottingham and Cranford Canals. It is a wide canal with 14 locks and is less used by boaters, making it a peaceful place to escape the crowds.
Along the route, there are mixed woodland, grassland and marshland habitats and some areas are protected as nature reserves, so there is plenty of opportunity for wildlife spotting.
The towpath follows the eastern bank and is part of Route 67 of the National Cycle Network, so is popular with cyclists as well as walkers. Angling is also permitted and the water is regularly restocked with fish.