Chesterfield Canal Trust Ltd.

The Chesterfield Canal Trust is a charitable company run entirely by volunteers, incorporated in July 1997. In 1998 it took over the assets of the former Chesterfield Canal Society (founded 1976).

The aims of the Trust are to promote the full restoration and appropriate development of the Chesterfield Canal, and to campaign for the construction of the Rother Valley Link, a navigable waterway to join the Chesterfield Canal to the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation.

We are currently running major restoration schemes in Staveley and Renishaw.

Amongst other activities we run four trip boats (one in Ranby, one in Shireoaks, one in Hollingwood and one in Chesterfield); we run Work Parties on the canal every Thursday and Sunday; we have an ex-BW working boat, Python, that we use to assist C&RT with maintenance; we have a promotional trailer, the James Brindley, that attends events and town centres throughout the year and we have built the first new Cuckoo boat (unique to the canal) for nearly 100 years.

Our base is in the restored and extended Hollingwood Lock House in Chesterfield. It has a Coffee Shop, houses our Information Centre & Shop and we run paddlesports hire.

The Trust has over 2000 members, who, for a small membership fee, receive regular copies of the Trust's award-winning magazine Cuckoo. We also publish regular E-Newsletters. To join the Trust, or to get further information, see our website.


Hollingwood Hub

22 Works Road
S43 2PF

Disability Access Information

Our Shireoaks and Chesterfield based trip boats both have wheelchair lifts. Hollingwood Hub is fully accessible. The whole of the 5 miles of towpath from Tapton Lock to Staveley Town Basin in Derbyshire is fully wheelchair accessible. Much of the towpath in Rotherham and Nottinghamshire is accessible.

  • Path slope no steeper than 1 in 10
  • Paths wider than 1 metre
  • No steps or barriers
  • Intact compact path surfaces with only slight irregularities, neat edges, drains immediately