I’ve wanted to run this for ages, but only just got good enough to do it. Basically it’s a 10 mile loop around Nottingham following the Nottingahm Canal and the River trent with only a very small bit along a road. I know the linked map says 9.5 miles, but I’m going to trust my Garmin on this one, as it gives me ten miles :).
Could be started from anywhere, but I decided to start from Castle Marina Sainsburys in Lenton. Decent secure car park (honest, I bought something) almost straight onto the canal towpath. I went anti-clockwise, so turned left and kept following the towpath.
At the moment (October 2010) when you get to beeston lock you get stopped by fences due to construction works. So turn right over the little bridge, then left along the road, at the lock cross the footbridge and then follow the diversion through the building works until you’re on the river path.
Eventually the river path turns into a small road by the Nottingham University’s sports fields, when this turns sharply left turn right down the track and the left under Clifton bridge. Keep following this path until it drops you onto Queens Drive. Keep following the river and then as you bear right off of queens drive take the right hand fork and use the steps to drop down onto the embankment and keep on going. I prefer to hug the edge of the embankment. As you get towards trent bridge keep to the edge and head through to get to Trent Lock, cross the bridge, sharp left and you’re back on the canal towpath. Just follow this back round until you’re back at Sainsburys.