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Chesterfield Canal


Hollingwood Hub
22 Works Road
S43 2PF
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Tel01246 434762

Tel01629 533020

Chesterfield Canal


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 section of the Canal has been restored and reopened from Chesterfield to Staveley town basin. The Madeline and John Varley narrowboats operate regular public trips on the Canal from Hollingwood Hub and Tapton Lock Visitor Centre, and the boats are 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 (Tel: 01629 533020) 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.

Guide Prices

Admission free
Charge for cruises on the Madeline or John Varley narrowboats


Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted
  • Public toilets


  • Children welcome


  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Free Parking


  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

* Open daily all year

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From North/South Leave M1 at junction 30 and take A616 (signposted Chesterfield). At roundabout, take 3rd exit (A619, signposted Chesterfield). Go through Staveley. After about 1 mile, go right down Troughbrook Road at the brown Barrow Hill signs. Hollingwood Hub approx ½ mile on left by Canal. From East Follow A617 to M1 motorway junction, 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. Stay in left lane and at traffic lights go straight on. Keep to left lane and at roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit, turning immediately left into slip road for A61 (signposted Sheffield). At traffic light controlled roundabout (Tesco) select right hand lane and take 4th exit (signposted Brimington), At next roundabout (Sainsburys) select right hand lane and take 2nd exit. Follow road and, as approach Brimington shops, select left lane. Stay in left lane passing church on left. Follow road for approx ¾ mile, passing Ringwood Hall Hotel on right. Turn left at crossroads (Troughbrook Road) and Hollingwood Hub approx ½ mile on left.

Public Transport Directions

Chesterfield train station 4 miles

Bus number 90 from Chesterfield town centre

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Monday, 14th May 2018 - Monday, 14th May 2018

Boots and Boats from Tapton Lock 1Jump aboard the John Varley II and cruise the Chesterfield Canal to from Tapton Lock to Bluebank Lock. Here you’ll 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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Monday, 14th May 2018 - Monday, 14th May 2018

Boots and Boats from Tapton Lock 2Take a walk from Tapton Lock along this beautiful stretch of the Chesterfield Canal. Walking to Bluebank Lock where you’ll board the John Varley II for your return cruise to the Visitor Centre. Watch for wildlife and enjoy the canal from both the water and the towpath.
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Wednesday, 16th May 2018 - Wednesday, 16th May 2018

Boots and Boats on the Chesterfield Canal Walk 1A circular walk combining a canal boat trip of about an hour and a 2 ½ mile walk along the towpath, viewing both newly restored and unrestored sections of canal.
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