We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

John Varley Tripboat

The John Varley 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.

Cruising the five miles of waterway from Chesterfield to Staveley, guests are able to see at first hand the high quality of the restoration that has been carried out on this stretch of the canal and experience the local flora and fauna.

The JV runs regular Sunday trips from Tapton Lock. There is a two hour trip at 10.00 (£8 and £7) and then 45 minute trips at 12.00, 1.00, 2.00 and 3.00 (£4 and £3.50). 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.

Santa Special trips every weekend from late November to Christmas (£6 for all).
Booking essential, bookings open in September.

This listing has been added by a third party and we take no responsibility for information given.


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