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Chesterfield Canal

Type:Canal

Hollingwood Hub
22 Works Road
Hollingwood
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
S43 2PF
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Tel01629 533020

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Chesterfield Canal

About

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

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Catering

  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Children welcome

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Public toilets

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

* Open daily all year

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      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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