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The Newark Riverside Walk has been developed by
the Newarland Sherwood District Council as part of
the overall Millgateregeneration scheme. It is entered
from the Castlegate end ofMillgate and follows a 
course parallel to Millgate. Although only10-20 yards
from Millgate has its own unique character belonging to 
a byegone age and belying the busy road sonear by. 
After crossing over Mill Lane, a road connecting Millgate
with the riverside and providing access for British Waterways
and for Pelhams Island, it terminates in Tannery Wharf.
This guide to the Riverside Walk describes it from the
Castlegate end. From the road follow a narrow archway
between two houses along a cobbled pathway leading
down toWard the river. Halfwayalong the Riverside Walk
leads of to the left.

Before entering the walway it is worth following the pathway
 down to the riverside, where it comes out by the Town Lock.
 The River Trent proper runs west of the locks. A new cut wa
s formed to allow locks to be built to enable shipping, which at
 one tine transported a good qunatity of cargo along the River
 Trent. It was on that that Millgate depended for its prosperity
 during the 18th-19th centuries. As river transport diminished,
 so Millgate became a run-down area until in the 1970s the
 Council made Millgate a conservation area and redeloped it.
The locks themselves are interesting when shipping is passing
 through. It is worth walking across the lock gates (beware of a
 flashing red light which indicates the lock gate is about to be
 opened!). On the far bank is the Visual Garden, constructed fo
r the enjoyment of the sensually impaired. Enjoy its beauty of
 sight, sense and sound. Turn the other way and this leads to
 Longstone Bridge and Parnham's Island
left to right: Museum Yard---Riverside Walk---Navigation Warehouse

Back to the Riverside Walk. As you come out you pass
under the archway under the Egg Packers' Warehouse,
 founded in 1931 for the sale of agricultural produce, but
 now used by various small businesses including a pottery
 warehouse. From here you walk along a cobbled path
 through to Weighbridge Wharf. This was originally one o
f many riverside wharfs aand also the site of the weighbridge.
 The old warehouse has been converted into flats. Notice the
 Millgate Otter Park, a fenced area for public seating and
 enjoyment, and to commemorate all who helped in the

Passing now through Huddlestone's Yard, you see remains
of one of the old merchants' yards. A wheelwrights buildings
were restored by English Heritage in the 1980s. This leads
through into Museum Yard, formerely "Oil Mill Yard", after James
Clark's seed-crushing mill. Navigation House is occupied by
various small businesses and by the Navigation Waterfront pub.
The adjacent warehouse is now used for the Millgate Museum.  
From here you pass under an archway and across Mill Lane
into Tannery Wharf. This was the site of a tannery in the 19th
century. When the tannery closed the area became a scrap
yard, until restored: the new buildings tastefully reflecting the
original industrial heritage.