Length: 10.32 km
Duration: 1.5 to 3.5 hours
Do you dare take on this spine tingling tour and meet the ghosts of Nottinghamshire?! From Beeston to Holme Pierrepont (and back if you feel brave) you are sure to stir spirits from the murky depths of the river.
Points of interest
- A - Put in at Beeston Weir - there is a concrete slipway with access to the beach which provides a suitable put in point.
- B - As you start to paddle, look up to your right and spot imposing Clifton Hall. The last owner sold it in a hurry, having been hounded out by angry phantoms. If you see sturgeon swimming upstream here a death at the hall is said to be imminent!
- C - Look out for the WIlford Ferry pub, on your right beyond the Toll Bridge. Here, a poltergeist was exorcised; perhaps the remaining spirit of ex-landlord and famous sportsman Albert Iremonger?
- D - As you escape these fiendish friends move on along the river, to your next encounter. The Toll Bridge now carries the tram line but you may still spot a man dressed in blue standing on the bridge. He was once the toll collector here.
- E - Paddle on fast towards Trent Bridge. Are you alone here? A phantom canoeist has been seen to pass under the bridge and disappear. Look up! Do you see a ghostly jogger, or an ethereal man dressed in green peering down at you? They have both been spotted here before.
- F - Paddle on under Lady Bay bridge and towards the finish. To your left as the trail ends, you will see the edges of Colwick Park. The park may look packed with people but are you sure all those you see are real? Could that woman amongst the trees be Mrs Chaworth Musters, Lord Byrons first love? She still hides from marauders there. And those children, why are they sad? Aren't they the poor mites murdered by their father, William Saville, in 1844?
- G - Finish at the National Water Sports Centre - there is a concrete beach after the sailing club which provides an excellent spot for easy access to the car park.