The Club is located at the following address:

Derby Motor Boat Club
Warren Lane
Long Eaton
NG10 3AD

For a location map see HERE

We are situated on the River Trent at Sawley near the crossroads of the waterways system and the motorway system of England.

How to get to DMBC by road.

From all directions, exit the A50 at the Castle Donington Junction. This is about 1 mile West of Junction 24/24A of the M1.
Exit the roundabout using the B6540 [Long Eaton].
After about 1 mile cross under the M1 and take the next RIGHT, Warren Lane. Then turn into the THIRD entrance on the LEFT, signed Derby Motor Boat Club.

The River and Canal network from DMBC.

From Sawley you can go in several directions.
Going east down the Trent gives you access down the Foss Dyke to Boston, the Wash and the East Coast. Further on at Keadby you can link into the system which will eventually take you up to Leeds and the Leeds-and-Liverpool Canal.
Going south down the Soar and Grand Union Canal will take you to London and the Thames.
Going west up the Trent for a few minutes will take you on to the Trent-and-Mersey Canal with its links at Fradley Junction to the canals round Birmingham, Gloucester and the Severn. Further on up the Trent-and-Mersey will take you to the Shropshire Union Canal, the Llangollen Canal, the Bridgewater Canal and on to the Leeds-and-Liverpool Canal.
The Erewash Canal is accessable at Trent Lock, only a mile or so down the Trent.
Much of the canal system is suitable only for narrow-boats, i.e. those with a beam of 6'10" or less, but broad beam boats still have vast stretches of river that can be enjoyed.

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Sawley Lock.

Even though technically on the Trent we are actually on a small section of canal known as Sawley Cut, which bypasses the weir at Sawley. We have lock gates above and below our moorings and so the level of water is controlled to a considerable degree. There is still some rise and fall depending on the water levels but nowhere near the variation that would occur if we were actually on the river.

Sawley Lock Sawley Lock is one of the busiest locks on the system with two locks in parallel to cope with the amount of traffic. Both are hydraulically operated from a push button console. There may be a lock-keeper on duty but in his absence the locks can be operated by boaters themselves.


All this, together with pleasant views over the fields to Sawley Church, an abundance of wild life kept under tight control by our resident heron make this a much admired site on the waterways system.

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