The Chesterfield Canal

The Chesterfield Canal is an ideal place to stroll, fish or take a trip on the wheelchair acessicle John Varley boat.

The Canal is an oasis of calm, a beautiful waterway and its surrounding countryside is within minutes of the hustle and bustle of supermarkets and the busy town of Chesterfield. It was built more than 200 years ago.

We have five miles from Chesterfield to Staveley that is open for boating and then another nine miles in need of restoration. You can visit Chesterfield Borough Council's  website for news about the exciting new waterside development. For more information about the history and restoration of the canal have a look at the Chesterfield Canal Trust's  website. You'll also find information here about Hollingwood Hub , the Chesterfield Canal Trust's new home. 

The canal tow-path is multi-user so whether you are walking, cycling, have a pram or a wheelchair you can enjoy the scenery and wildlife. Look out for the elusive water vole or the brilliant blue flash as a kingfisher darts past.

Tramper Vehicle

There is a Tramper vehicle available for hire from Tapton Lock Visitor Centre situated on Lockoford Lane, Chesterfield, S41 7JB.  You can call for details or to reserve the vehicle.


Refreshments are available from either the visitor Centre or The Hub at Hollingwood




Tapton Lock Visitor Centre

Tel: 01246 533020

Boat trips

On summer Sundays and Bank Holidays you can enjoy a trip on the John Varley - the Chesterfield Canal Trust (opens in a new window) trip boat. The Canal Trust also run special Santa trips in December.


You can buy a license from Tapton Lock Visitor Centre which allows you to launch your own boat on the Chesterfield canal.

Several local groups use the canal to coach children and young adults in the handling of canoes and water safety.

Trailer boats can also use the canal and there have been several boating festivals held here.

See the license terms and conditions and application forms in the related documents.


You can enjoy fishing on the canal wherever you find a built fishing platform.

For information on where to fish and to buy a permit call in at Tapton Lock Visitor Centre, or see the bailiff from the Barrow Hill Memorial Angling Club at the bank side. 


Facilities available


Bridleway/Horse riding trail

Picnic area

Wildlife area



Easy access for all

Cycle path

Tramper Vehicle

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