The River Trent

The beautiful River Trent is one of the major rivers of England. Its source is in Staffordshire and it flows through the Midlands until it joins the River Ouse at Trent Falls to form the Humber Estuary.

The name "Trent" possibly comes from a Celtic word meaning "strongly flooding". More specifically, the name may be a contraction of two Celtic words, tros ("over") and hynt ("way"). This may indeed indicate a river that is prone to flooding. However, a more likely explanation may be that it was considered to be a river that could be crossed principally by means of fords, i.e. the river flowed over major road routes. This may explain the presence of the Celtic element 'rid' in various placenames along the Trent, such as Hill Ridware, as well as the Saxon derived ford.

It has been an historic highway as far back as the Bronze Age when it formed part of the trade route between the Continent and the metal-working industry in Ireland. The Romans recognised the value of the river as a route from the sea to the centre of England, and later it acted as an easy route for Viking invaders to attack Nottingham. Its principal tributaries are the rivers Derwent, Dove, Soar, Erewash and Devon, as well as many small watercourses which discharge into the river.

Our cruises take in the best scenes from The Trent starting at The Nottingham Sea Cadets or Colwick Country Park. You will travel under The Lady Bay Bridge, past The City Ground, The County Ground, Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, under Trent Bridge, past County Hall, The Victoria War Memorial, along Victoria Embankment and under Wilford Suspension Bridge and Wilford Toll Bridge before turning at the stunning Wilford Church and then travelling downstream past Nottingham Sailing Club, Holme Pierrepont Watersports Centre and turning again at Colwick Sluice Gates.