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Chesterfield Canal Trust Ltd.

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.

Amongst other activities we run three trip boats (one in Retford, one at Kiveton Park and the third in Chesterfield); we run Work Parties on the canal every Sunday; we have an 84-year old ex BW working boat, Python, that we use as a promotional vehicle all round the waterway system; we have a promotional trailer, the James Brindley, that attends events and town centres throughout the year and we are building the first new Cuckoo boat (unique to the canal) for nearly 80 years.

Our base is in the restored and extended Hollingwood Lock House in Chesterfield. It has a Coffee Shop, we hold concerts and events and it is available for hire. In addition the Trust has regular meetings, social events, an annual Festival etc.

The Trust has over 1500 members, who, for a small membership fee, receive regular copies of the Trust's award-winning magazine Cuckoo, so called because of the local name for the canal, the 'Cuckoo Dyke'. We also publish regular E-Newsletters. To join the Trust, or to get further information, see our website.

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Tourist Information Centre


Hollingwood Hub

Works Road
S43 2PF

Disability Access Information

Our Worksop 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 has recently been upgraded to be fully wheelchair accessible. \ Most 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