Canal, free entry
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Chesterfield Canal was surveyed by James Brindley and opened in 1777 to link Chesterfield to the River Trent at West Stockwith. It was a magnificent engineering achievement, covering 46 miles and including a 2,880 yard tunnel and one of the earliest examples of staircase locks. The Canal was a successful trade route but, with the development of the railways in the 19th Century, boat traffic began to decline. In 1907 the Norwood Tunnel collapsed, cutting off the Derbyshire section of the Canal.
Thanks to the work of the Chesterfield Canal Trust and Derbyshire County Council, a 5 mile section of the Canal has been restored and reopened from Chesterfield to Staveley. The John Varley narrowboat operates regular public trips on the Canal from the Tapton Lock Visitor Centre and is also available for charters.
The Canal towpath - the Cuckoo Way - is open to walkers and cyclists, and it forms the southern spur of the Trans Pennine Trail. A tramper (mobility scooter) is available for hire to explore the towpath from Tapton Lock Visitor Centre, please ring for details or to reserve the tramper
Fishing is available on sections along the Canal near Hollingwood Lock and Dixons Lock, Brimington. Day tickets are available from the Bailiff on Canal side, or from Tapton Lock Visitor Centre.
Open all the time
SK 387729 53.25250 -1.42096
Limited parking on the road
Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and follow 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 (traffic light controlled, Tesco) select right hand lane and take 3rd exit (Lockoford Lane). Tapton Lock on right.
Follow A617 to M1 motorway junction, then follow route from North/South.
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at traffic lights, go straight on. At roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (A632). Turn immediately left into slip road to A61 (signposted Sheffield). At next roundabout (traffic light controlled, Tesco) take 3rd exit (Lockoford Lane). Tapton Lock on right.
: 1 mile from Chesterfield station
- Coach parties accepted
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- Gift shop
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Public toilets
- Accepts groups
- Children welcome
- Disabled access
- Dogs accepted