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Chesterfield Canal

The Chesterfield 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.

Chesterfield Canal

We have 5 miles from Chesterfield to Staveley that is open for boating and then another 9 miles in need of restoration. Chesterfield Borough Council has news about the exciting new waterside development. For more information about the history and restoration of the canal visit the Chesterfield Canal Trust. You'll also find information about Hollingwood Hub, the Chesterfield Canal Trust's new home.

The canal towpath 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.

Boat trips

On summer Sundays and Bank Holidays you can enjoy a trip from Tapton Lock Visitor Centre on the John Varley – the Chesterfield Canal Trusts trip boat. The Madeline offers summer Saturday trips from Hollingwood Hub - and you can also meet Santa on the boat on one of the special trips in December.

Find out more about Chesterfield Canal Trust trip boats.


You can buy a licence from Tapton Lock Visitor Centre which allows you to launch your own boat on the Chesterfield canal. You will need third party or public liability insurance.

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 fees, licence, terms and conditions, and application forms attached to this page.


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

For information on where to fish call in at Tapton Lock Visitor Centre.

We are currently seeking a club to manage the fishery on the canal. Please tel: 01629 533020 to express an interest. 

Facilities available

  • Bridleway/Horse riding trail

  • Cycle path

  • Easy access for all

  • Footpath

  • Parking

  • Picnic area

  • Toilets

  • Wildlife area

Contact details


  • Lockoford Lane
  • Chesterfield
  • S41 7JB