Tapton lock visitor centre

 The Chesterfield Canal is widely recognised as one of the most beautiful and varied waterways in England.

It runs for 46 miles from the River Trent to the middle of Chesterfield, linking Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and Derbyshire.
Every yard of the canal can be walked on the towpath known as The Cuckoo Way.

It goes through tranquil countryside where scarcely a house can be seen; has some of the earliest staircase locks ever built (240 years ago); is hugely popular with walkers; has some of the best canal fishing in the country and ends up at what will be the £310 million Waterside development in Chesterfield.

Boat Trips

The John Varley runs trips from Tapton Lock, on the Tesco roundabout in Chesterfield. When the John Varley is in the lock, boarding is level with the towpath which, together with the boat's wheelchair lift means the boat is suitable for less mobile guests.

Cruising the five miles of waterway from Chesterfield to Staveley, guests are able to see at first hand the high quality of the restoration that has been carried out on this stretch of the canal and experience the local flora and fauna. 

Regular Sunday trips and Full Length trips

For all bookings and information about the following, ring 01246 551035.

The JV runs regular Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday trips from Tapton Lock. There is a two hour trip at 10.00 which must be booked (£8 and £7) and then 45 minute trips at 12.00, 1.00, 2.00 and 3.00 (£4 and £3.50). No booking is necessary for these short trips - just turn up, pay and enjoy!

Six hour Cruises (10 miles, 10 locks) - March 6th, April 3rd and 27th, May 1st and 25th, June 5th, July 3rd and 27th, August 7th and 31st, September 4th and 28th, October 2nd and 26th, November 6th, December 28th (£20 and £15). Booking essential.

Six Hour Special Occasion Cruises (10 miles, 10 locks) - these include a meal at Hollingwood Hub - June 21st (Summer Solstice),  September 25th (Autumn Gold)  and New Year's Day (£25 and £20). Booking essential.

Concessions are for Under 16s and Over 65s; babes in arms go free.

Santa Special trips every weekend from late November to Christmas (£6 for all). 

Booking essential, bookings open in September.

Parking is available close to Tapton Lock. The John Varley Canal Barge has level access available onto the boat, with a wheelchair-accessible lift which lowers down into the seating area. 

Disabled toilets are available in the Tapton Visitor Centre and the Nona’s café at the Hollingwood Hub.

Level access is available along the full length of the canal but, where there is a canal lock or a junction with a road, there tends to be some sloping sections which are generally manageable.

There are a number of access points along the canal. The best being Tapton Lock, Hollingwood Hub and Brimington Wharf.

Contact Details
Tapton Lock Visitor Centre,
Contact Details
Lockoford Lane,
Post Code
S41 7JB
Email Address
Contact Number
01629 533020