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Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival

Type:Walking Festival

Hollingwood Hub
22 Works Road
Hollingwood
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
S43 2PF
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Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival

About

This is a brand new event for Chesterfield Area and its neighbours in Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire.

Chesterfield Canal is a beautiful place at any time of year, but early Autumn possibly sees it at its best.

There are 51 walks, all based in and around the Canal and ranging from 2 miles to the full 46 miles of the Cuckoo Way, the Canal towpath. Don’t worry though, we’ll take it in bite size pieces over 3 days with celebrity walk leader Reverend John Merrill. Scroll down the page to download a full programme.

There are some special interest walks including nature, canal engineering which, among other things, looks at where the water comes from, architecture and restoration. There’s also the chance to look at some of the pretty villages in North Nottinghamshire and some of Derbyshire’s stunning scenery.

Take advantage of one of our walk and cruise events with a trip on one of our narrowboats included. Why not have a go at something new on our Try Nordic Walking events, or join a guided tour of Britain’s last working Railway Roundhouse at Barrow Hill.

Most of our walks are free of charge, so there’s no excuse not to get your boots on and come along. Since you’ve done the exercise, why not celebrate with coffee and a cake, or even a pint, as a lot of the walks have a pub or café at the start or finish points.

Booking for all the walks opens on 4 June 2018, both at Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre and online. The walks have limited numbers so booking is essential and it’s best to book early to be sure of a place.

We look forward to seeing you on the Canal in September!

Opening Times

Season (15 Sept 2018 - 23 Sept 2018)

* There are several walks on each day, starting at various times - check individual records for details.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Walks start at various locations in and around the Canal. Please see the individual walks for detailed directions. Each walk has a postcode for SatNav users and an Ordnance Survey grid reference for map users.

Public Transport Directions

Many walks are accessible by public transport.

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Sunday, 16th September 2018 - Sunday, 16th September 2018

Walk Number 6 - Boats and Boots From Hollingwood HubCruise to Staveley Town Basin on the narrowboat ‘Madeline’ going under a 1776 bridge and through a new lock. See work to restore the next length of the Canal and enjoy an easy return walk to Hollingwood Hub.
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Sunday, 16th September 2018 - Sunday, 16th September 2018

Walk Number 7 - Boats and Boots From Hollingwood HubWalk to Staveley Town and see work to restore the next length of the Canal, then cruise back on the narrowboat ‘Madeline’ going through a new lock and under a 1776 bridge.
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Sunday, 16th September 2018 - Sunday, 16th September 2018

Walk Number 14 - Boats and Boots From Hollingwood HubWe will cruise on the narrowboat Madeline towards Chesterfield through two locks and alight at the Bluebank Pools Local Nature Reserve. We will then stroll back to the Hub on the Canal towpath.
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Sunday, 16th September 2018 - Sunday, 16th September 2018

Walk Number 15 - Boats and Boots From Hollingwood HubWe will stroll to the Bluebank Pools Local Nature Reserve. We will then board narrowboat Madeline and cruise by two locks back to Hollingwood Hub.
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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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Tuesday, 18th September 2018 - Tuesday, 18th September 2018

Reverend John MerrillWalk Number 19 - Full Length Walk Part OneThe Reverend John Merrill will be leading all three sections of the Full Length Walk, covering the 46 mile from Chesterfield through to West Stockwith on the River Trent. We expect this walk to be very popular so we can only accept bookings from those who wish to walk all three sections. We will...
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Saturday, 15th September 2018 - Saturday, 15th September 2018

Walk Number 4 - Canal, River and RailwayWe will walk along the Canal and the River Rother, finishing up at Barrow Hill Engine Shed, Britain’s last surviving working railway roundhouse, where an optional guided tour will be available for £3. We will see lots of beautiful flora and fauna as well as the industrial heritage of this...
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Sunday, 16th September 2018 - Sunday, 16th September 2018

Tuesday, 18th September 2018 - Tuesday, 18th September 2018

Walk numbers 5 and 25 - Try Nordic Walking: Tapton LockNordic walking is a safe, fun and sociable way to improve your fitness. It is suitable for all ages. Why not have a go whilst enjoying the beautiful Chesterfield Canal. Wear comfortable clothes and trainers or walking shoes. Poles will be provided.
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Sunday, 16th September 2018 - Sunday, 16th September 2018

Sunday, 23rd September 2018 - Sunday, 23rd September 2018

Walk numbers 9 and 47 - Restoration WalkWe will walk the gap in the Chesterfield Canal that has yet to be restored, stopping at regular intervals to talk about the restoration plans. Numbers will be limited but the same walk will be run twice. Transport will be organised at 9.30am for those wishing to leave cars at the finish in Kiveton.
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Monday, 17th September 2018 - Monday, 17th September 2018

Walk number 17 - How the Canal gets its WaterWe will Visit Woodall and Harthill reservoirs that feed the Canal and then follow the path of the feeder stream along Broad Dyke until it joins the Canal at Kiveton Park. After tracing the path of the Norwood Tunnel, we will arrive at the derelict Norwood Lock flight and return via Nethermoor Lake.
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Monday, 17th September 2018 - Monday, 17th September 2018

Walk number 18 - Nordic Walking Taster Session StaveleyThis will help you understand just how beneficial Nordic Walking can be and how it is far more than just walking with poles! Get a taste of how light you will feel on your feet, how the whole body is mobilised and why you need to take the time to learn the technique. Poles will be provided.
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Monday, 17th September 2018 - Monday, 17th September 2018

Walk number 20 - Spinkhill RoundWe will visit a short restored section of the Canal, the original route, known as the Brindley Loops, and the new sections (built in 1892!) that re-routed it to accommodate what became the Great Central Railway. We will return via Westthorpe Hills and Mount St Mary’s School to the delightful...
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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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Friday, 21st September 2018 - Friday, 21st September 2018

Walk Number 39 - Try Nordic Walking: Hollingwood HubNordic Walking is a safe, fun and sociable way to improve your fitness. It is suitable for all ages. Why not have a go whilst enjoying the beautiful Chesterfield Canal. Wear comfortable clothes and trainers or walking shoes. Poles will be provided.
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Friday, 21st September 2018 - Friday, 21st September 2018

Walk number 41 - Killamarsh ConundrumsKillamarsh is the centre of the most complex part of the Canal restoration project. On this walk we will explore some of the difficulties, including the Norwood Tunnel, and look at possible alternative routes and solutions. We will use the towpath by unrestored sections of the Canal, with...
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Saturday, 22nd September 2018 - Saturday, 22nd September 2018

Walk number 42 - Children's Walk from Tapton LockJoin one of our rangers for this discovery walk from Tapton Lock. We’ll have fun activities, discover what lives in the water and learn a bit about how the Canal works. Children need to make sure they bring an adult for this family friendly walk.
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Sunday, 23rd September 2018 - Sunday, 23rd September 2018

Walk number 51 - Nordic Walking Taster Session Tapton LockThis will help you understand just how beneficial Nordic Walking can be and how it is far more than just walking with poles! Get a taste of how light you will feel on your feet, how the whole body is mobilised and why you need to take the time to learn the technique. Poles will be provided.
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