Dawn Rose, the only Chesterfield Canal boat in existence, will be running horse boating displays on several Sundays during the summer in Worksop.
Dawn Rose will be towed between the winding holes below Stret Lock and opposite Sandhill Lake (Godfrey’s Pond), passing through Morse Lock. Stret Lock is alongside the Lock Keeper pub (S81 1TJ).
The horse boating displays will take place on the following Sundays all from 12 noon to 3pm:
The horse is called Charlie. You may have seen Charlie during the Countryfile broadcast in May, when he was walked by Matt Baker. Charlie’s owner, Dean Pearce, has been training him for many months, originally pulling a railway sleeper.
Cuckoo boats were unique to the Chesterfield Canal. The design did not change from the 1770s right up to the 1920s when the last ones were made. Up to the end of commercial use in the 1950s, they were still horse drawn. They were never equipped with engines. A mast was used when they ventured onto the River Trent. The last Cuckoo boat known to be in existence rotted away over 20 years ago.
A group of Chesterfield Canal Trust members decided to build a new Cuckoo boat in the early 2000s. After much research, they drew up a list of all the timber that was needed. This was published in the Trust’s magazine, in Spring 2004 and sponsors were found for every piece within a few weeks.