The River Idle is a small river and is part of the Waterways of Mainland Britain. It runs for 10 miles and 7¼ furlongs through 3 locks from Bawtry Bridge (beyond which it is only navigable by canoes ) to Trent - Idle Junction (where it joins the River Trent (tidal section - Cromwell to Keadby)).
The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 59 feet and 8 inches long and 18 feet wide. The maximum headroom is not known. The maximum draught is 2 feet and 6 inches.
Relevant publications — Waterway Maps:
- Waterway Routes 01M - England and Wales Map
- Waterway Routes 17M - Chesterfield Canal Map (Downloadable)
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Limit of Navigation
|Austerfield Drain Pumping Station||3 miles and 2½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Misson||3 miles and 4½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Dales Lane Bridge||5 miles and 4¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Idle Stop||6 miles and 2¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Haxey Gate Footbridge
Crossing to the golf course
|9 miles||0 locks|
|Haxey Gate Bridge||9 miles and ¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Doncaster to Lincoln Railway Bridge||9 miles and 6¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Soss Lane Footbridge
|10 miles||0 locks|
|West Stockwith Navigable Sluice
A pumping station is by the side of the sluice.
|10 miles and 5 furlongs||0 locks|
|River Idle Entrance Sluice
EA require 48 hours notice of intent to enter the river, and there is a high toll.
|10 miles and 6¾ furlongs||1 lock|
|River Idle Junction Bridge||10 miles and 7 furlongs||2 locks|
|Trent - Idle Junction
Junction of the River Trent and the River Idle
|10 miles and 7¼ furlongs||3 locks|
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Wikipedia has a page about River Idle
The River Idle is a river in Nottinghamshire, England. Its source is the confluence of the River Maun and River Meden, near Markham Moor. From there, it flows north through Retford and Bawtry before entering the River Trent at Stockwith near Misterton. The county boundary with South Yorkshire follows the river for a short distance near Bawtry, and the border with Lincolnshire does the same at Idle Stop. Originally, it flowed northwards from Idle Stop to meet the River Don on Hatfield Chase, but was diverted eastwards by drainage engineers in 1628.
Most of the land surrounding the river is a broad flood plain. Between Retford and Bawtry, the floodplain is partly occupied by a number of sand and gravel pits, where exhausted forming public lakes for fishing, while beyond Bawtry, the river is constrained by high flood banks, to allow the low lying areas to be drained for agriculture. Its main tributaries are the River Poulter and the River Ryton.
The river is navigable to Bawtry, although navigation rights were removed in 1972. It is also important for conservation, with the Idle Washlands and some of the sand and gravel pits of the Idle Valley being designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest.