The viaduct is situated between Cotmanhay and Awsworth, near the town of Ilkeston, at Ordnance Survey grid reference SK 473 438. There is now public access on the viaduct itself and it may be viewed from the nearby footpaths and trails. Details of footpaths and trails around the site can be seen here. Footpaths and trails. There is very limited parking in the immediate area itself, but many ways of walking and cycling to the viaduct and accessing it via public transport.
Bridge Street, Cotmanhay (DE7 8RD)
If parking here please be considerate to residents. This access route is best for wheelchairs and mobility scooters as it takes you to the ramp. At the end of Bridge Street go over the canal bridge and turn right onto the Erewash canal tow-path (The Erewash Valley Trail). To access underneath the viaduct, take the footpath, marked with a white fingerpost, that branches off to the left through the trees and cross the footbridge over the working railway. The path continues underneath the viaduct providing close views of the structure. To reach the deck itself, ignore the fingerpost, and walk a little further along the towpath to meet the ramp up to the deck.
From Newton’s Lane Car Park
There is a small car park beside the Nottingham Canal off Newton’s Lane at grid reference SK 476 433. The Nottingham Canal tow-path and the Erewash Valley Trail also pass this point. Cross to the pavement on the north side of Newton’s Lane then walk west alongside the road for 175m until a public footpath is reached after crossing the River Erewash. Follow this footpath for about another (flat) 500m to under the viaduct at the western (Ilkeston) end. Alternatively from the car park cross Newton’s Lane to a section of the Nottingham Canal. EITHER go through the gate to the tow-path on the left hand side of the canal, passing the viewpoint information board, OR take the bridle path to the right of canal, turning left when you reach the end. In both cases you will reach a locked field gate and a smaller gate. gate. Go through the small gate downhill to the viaduct steps. Keeping left at the steps takes you to a path under the viaduct.
The Viewing Point
The best place to see a panorama of the viaduct is from the viewing point on the Nottingham Canal at grid reference SK 475 438. This can be reached by walking north alongside the canal from Newton’s Lane for about 500 metres. There is also a good vantage point from the new footbridge over the railway. See map
Coming by Bus
For the ramp accessed from the Erewash Canal
From Nottingham catch Trent Barton’s ‘The Two’ to Bridge Street, Cotmanhay from where it is a short walk to the Erewash Canal. The see instructions above for ‘Bridge Street Cotmanhay’.
From Derby catch Trent Barton’s ‘Ilkeston Flyer’ to Bridge Street, Cotmanhay from where it is a short walk to the Erewash Canal. Both services pass through Ilkeston town centre, home of the Erewash Museum.
For the steps from the Nottingham Canal
The Trent Barton service 27 between Kimberley and Ilkeston stops in Awsworth. Get off opposite Main Street (Ilkeston to Kimberley direction). Walk along Meadow Road and through the “Pocket Park” to Shilo Way. Cross Shilo Way to the eastern end of the viaduct. Travelling from Kimberley towards Ilkeston get off adjacent to Main Street, cross the road and follow the previous directions. Service 27 also stops at Ilkeston train station.
The Two (Trentbarton)
Ilkeston Flyer (Trentbarton)
Coming by Train
Ilkeston train station is the closest to Bennerley Viaduct being only 1 mile/1.6km away. The Nottingham Canal path and Erewash Canal towpath (both part of the Erewash valley Trail) are just a short walk or cycle from the station. Langley Mill train station lies 3miles/5km north. From here it’s a pleasant ride south on the Erewash Valley Trail to the Bennerley area. Long Eaton train station lies 8miles/13km to the south from where it’s an excellent ride north along the Erewash Canal towpath to Bennerley.
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