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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. For more information about the history and restoration of the canal visit the Chesterfield Canal Trust.

Access

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. Photographers ae always keen to try and catch the brilliant blue flash of a kingfisher as it darts past. We have a Tramper mobility scooter.

Canoes and stand up paddle boards

The canal is becoming much more popular with paddlers and they're lovely to see. All paddlers must log their visit with us at Tapton Lock Visitor Centre - tel: 01629 533020, email countrysideservice@derbyshire.gov.uk or by message us on Facebook.

British Canoeing members paddle free of charge. All other users need a day licence and show public liability insurance.

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

Boating

You can buy a licence from Tapton Lock Visitor Centre which allows you to launch your own Trailer boat on the Chesterfield canal. You'll need third party or public liability insurance. See the fees, licence, terms and conditions, and application forms attached to this page.

Boat trips

On summer weekends and bank holidays you can enjoy a trip from on the Chesterfield Canal Trust trip boats. You can also meet Santa on the boat on one of the special trips in December.

Fishing

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

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

We're 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

Address:

  • Lockoford Lane
  • Chesterfield
  • S41 7JB