Great Northern Basin viewed from the pub
Cromford Canal tollhouse, Langley Mill
With the daylight fading we took a wander round the basin, noting the very pretty toll house which marks the start of the Cromford Canal.
Great Northern Basin itself represents the start of the now abandoned Nottingham Canal, which runs alongside the Erewash for a mile or so, before bearing east at Eastwood Lock. Why the two canals run parallel is a mystery, but one which will no doubt be answered with a bit of on line research.
Erewash Canal at sunset
With the Cromford Canal nearly finished (just the stretch between Ironville and Langley Mill remains unexplored) maybe the Nottingham Canal is the logical next step.