John Varley Tripboat

The John Varley 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 regular Sunday trips from Tapton Lock. There is a two hour trip at 10.00 (£8.50 and £7.50) and then 45 minute trips at 12.00, 1.00, 2.00 and 3.00 (£4.50 and £4). No booking is necessary for these trips - just turn up, pay and enjoy!

There are also regular six hour Cruises (10 miles, 10 locks). Booking essential.

There is a huge variety of other cruises, see our website for details.

Santa Special trips every weekend from late November to Christmas (£7 for all).
Booking essential, bookings open in September.


Tapton Lock Visitor Centre

Lockoford Lane
S41 7JB

Disability Access Information

When the John Varley 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