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Tapton Lock Visitor Centre

Type:Information Centre

Lockoford Lane
S41 7JB
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Tel01629 533020

Tapton Lock Visitor Centre


Come and visit us at the only visitor centre on the Chesterfield Canal, a countryside oasis close to the centre of Chesterfield.

The Visitor Centre, its garden and facilities are fully accessible, and we have a ‘tramper’ mobility scooter to help you explore further. The towpath walk, the Cuckoo Way, is accessible from Tapton Lock to Staveley and is also a walking route from the Lock to Chesterfield.

We have a small shop with a selection of gifts, maps and books. We have a display about the canal and its history, and free self-guided walking, cycling and horse riding leaflets. We can also tell you about places to visit in the area.

Chesterfield Canal Trust volunteers run regular boat trips from the visitor centre on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays in the summer. Look out for the summer evening specials and the Santa boat trips in December.

The Canal is a great place for spotting all sorts of wildlife. Spring wildflowers, birds, occasionally king fishers and small mammals are all seen close to the Visitor. The Canal is also a haven for the endangered water vole.

The Bluebank Pools section of the canal is a local nature reserve and is one of the best places to look. Call in at the Centre and let us know what you’ve seen.

Scroll down the page for a leaflet about Tapton Lock Visitor Centre



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for visually impaired


  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Facilities for educational visits


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
Monday - Friday10:00 - 13:00
13:45 - 16:00
Saturday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Limited parking on the road

From North/South Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and take A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select right hand lane and take 4th exit (A61, signposted Sheffield). At next roundabout (Tesco’s) select middle lane and take 3rd exit (brown sign for Tapton Lock).

From East Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway and take 3rd exit (A617 signposted Chesterfield), then follow route from North/South.

From West Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at traffic lights, go straight on. Stay in left lane and, at roundabout, select middle lane and take 2nd exit (A632). Turn immediately left onto slip road to A61 (signposted Sheffield). At next roundabout (Tesco’s) select middle lane and take 3rd exit (brown sign for Tapton Lock).

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station Chesterfield, 1½ miles away

Bus number 90 from Chesterfield town centre, two per hour

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Saturday, 15th September 2018 - Sunday, 16th September 2018

Tapton Lock FestivalCome and join us for two days of fantastic festival fun. Music and performances in the marquee, plus crafts, canoeing, boat trips and lots more.
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Cuckoo WayTrans Pennine Trail Southern Spur, ChesterfieldThe Trans Pennine Trail cross the country from Hull to Southport. The section from the cross country route between Chesterfield and Rother Valley Country Park is known as the southern spur and is 11 miles long.

Hustle and Bustle to Birds and Bluebells, ChesterfieldA wonderful wildlife walk along the restored Chesterfield Canal where you go from the noise and bustle of industry to a haven of peace and tranquillity. A circular walk with a grading of 'Easy', which is 6 miles long.

Cuckoo Way, ChesterfieldThe Cuckoo Way is the Chesterfield Canal Towpath and the full route runs for 46 miles from Chesterfield to West Stockwith and the River Trent. It is signposted throughout and is easy to follow.

Friday, 21st September 2018 - Friday, 21st September 2018

Walk number 37 - Boats and Boots From Tapton LockWe will board the boat and cruise through two locks to Bluebank Pools Nature Reserve. Here you disembark for a lovely stroll back to the Visitor Centre. Watch for wildlife and enjoy the Canal from the water and the towpath.
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Friday, 21st September 2018 - Friday, 21st September 2018

Walk number 38 - Boats and Boots From Tapton LockTake a walk along this beautiful stretch of the Canal to the Bluebank Pools Local Nature Reserve. Then board the narrowboat John Varley for your return cruise through two locks to the Visitor Centre. Watch for wildlife and enjoy the Canal from the water and the towpath.
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Thursday, 20th September 2018 - Thursday, 20th September 2018

Chesterfield from TaptonWalk number 32 - Tapton CircuitJoin one of our rangers for a walk from the Canal up the Trans Pennine Trail across Chesterfield golf course and enjoy some magnificent views across the town. Our return route will take us through ‘Tapton City’ and Tapton Grove before we discover the George Stephenson connection at Tapton House.
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Wednesday, 25th July 2018 - Wednesday, 25th July 2018

Fish and Chip Supper Boat TripCruising from Tapton Lock Visitor Centre hop on board John Varley II and enjoy a great evening out and a delicious Chesters fish and chip supper on board.
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Saturday, 28th July 2018 - Saturday, 28th July 2018

Saturday, 25th August 2018 - Saturday, 25th August 2018

Saturday, 29th September 2018 - Saturday, 29th September 2018

Saturday, 27th October 2018 - Saturday, 27th October 2018

Staveley Packet Boat TripsCruising from Tapton Lock Visitor Centre hop on board John Varley II and enjoy a trip on the Chesterfield Canal before breaking for lunch at Hollingwood (you can picnic or eat at the cafe) then continues into Staveley Basin.
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