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Exploring the Chesterfield Canal

Type:Walking Event

Derbyshire County Council Car Park above Sitwell Arms
Station Road
S21 3WF
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Walking on Chesterfield Canal


We start from Renishaw for this opportunity to walk a good length of the Chesterfield Canal, with contrasting parts that are unrestored, partly restored and fully restored.

Restoration is imminent on the first section and the route then uses field paths that can be overgrown and uneven, though most of the route has a good level surface. The Staveley Puddle Bank offers wide views and is another spot where work will hopefully start before very long.

The next stop will be Hartington Harbour, where a great deal of work has been completed, but is stalled because of continuing uncertainty about the route of the HS2 railway.

On the fully restored 5 miles from Staveley, there are two cafes (with toilets) and the walk will pass by the two trip boats operated by the Canal Trust.

The final section follows the river section of the canal alongside the massive Waterside development scheme before ending back in the town centre.

Please bring a packed lunch

Walk grading -  leisurely (walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience).

This is a linear walk from Renishaw to Chesterfield. Parking is available at the start point or it is accesible by public transport. 

Organised by Chesterfield Canal Trust

Guide Prices

Free of charge. Donations will be gratefully received on behalf of The Chesterfield Canal Trust.
Booking essential



  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Public toilets - Toilets available at some point on route


  • Accessibility of route - Route not suitable for wheelchairs
  • Description of route - Linear walk, 6-10 stiles, 2 rest stops
  • Length of route (miles) - 8
  • Typical duration of route - 5 hours 30 minutes

Opening Times

Season (28 June 2021)
Monday10:30 - 15:00

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From North/South Leave M1 motorway at junction 30 and take A6135 (signposted Renishaw). Follow road for approx 2 miles, passing through village of Renishaw. Park in public car park just below Sitwell Arms on right.

From East Follow A617 to M1 motorway roundabout and take 4th exit (M1 north). Leave M1 at junction 30 and 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. At next roundabout select right hand lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select left lane and take 2nd exit (A617). In approx 4 miles reach M1 motorway roundabout and take 1st exit (M1 north). Leave M1 at junction 30 and follow route from North/South.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station Chesterfield, 8 miles away

Bus number 80 from Stephenson Place in Chesterfield town centre at 9.20am, arriving at Sitwell Arms at 10..05am.

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Chesterfield CanalChesterfield Canal, ChesterfieldChesterfield Canal was surveyed by James Brindley and opened in 1777. The collapse of the Norwood Tunnel cut off the section of the Canal from Chesterfield but the Trust is working hard to restore this section. Narrowboat cruises are available.

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