John Varley ll Tripboat

The John Varley ll was launched in 2016. It is run by the Chesterfield Canal Trust and is crewed by fully qualified volunteers. It runs trips from Tapton Lock, on the Tesco roundabout in Chesterfield.

The JV runs Sunday trips from Tapton Lock from April to October.

There is a huge variety of other cruises.

It runs Santa Specials in December.

See our website for detailed information and bookings.

John Varley ll is also available for charters on any day when it is not running public trips.


Tapton Lock Visitor Centre

Lockoford Lane
S41 7JB

Disability Access Information

When the John Varley ll is in the lock, boarding is level with the towpath which, together with the boat's wheelchair lift means the boat is suitable for our less mobile guests.

  • 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