Chesterfield Canal, Chesterfield

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The Chesterfield Canal is a barge canal in the north of England and it is known locally as 'Cuckoo Dyke'. It was opened in 1777 and ran 46mi from the River Trent at West Stockwith, Nottinghamshire to Chesterfield, Derbyshire. It is currently navigable as far inland as Kiveton Park near Rotherham, South Yorkshire, plus an isolated section near Chesterfield. Tapton Lock Visitor Centre is located on the Chesterfield Canal to the north of Tapton Park.The canal was built to export coal, limestone, and lead from Derbyshire, iron from Chesterfield, and corn, deals, timber, groceries, etc. into Derbyshire. The stone for the Palace of Westminster was quarried in North Anston, Rotherham, and transported via the canal. It briefly attained fame in 1978 when maintenance workers accidentally pulled a drain plug that no one was aware of and caused a portion to empty.
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  • Great for walks and bike rides as it’s so flat and it’s surprisingly pretty. In a few minutes walk from Tapton Lock, you could be in the middle of nowhere. There’s a very nice and reasonably priced ca...  more »
  • A very pleasant walk plenty of wild life and drop off places and even a boat ride if you prefer. Cafes at a couple of places and even picnic spots. A quiet spot in the midst of activity.  more »
  • Lovely walk and canal boat trips (best to book) welcoming pubs and cafes along the walk. Volunteers are working hard to restore one end of the canal  more »
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  • Fantastic place to walk along. There's a few pitstops along the way, including a visitor centre, a pub and a cafe. There's plenty of seating for you to sit and enjoy the stunning views. There's also a cycle path that runs alongside the canal. It always seems to be popular with walkers, families and cyclists. Beautiful scenery.
  • It's a lovely walk either way. Dogs love it, cyclists enjoy it, walkers explore it. Full of wild life swans, ducks, water voles, peaceful and tranquil the best words to describe it.
  • A lovely peaceful canal walk coffee shop at the Hub hollingwood
  • Great place for a walk or a bike ride.plenty of wildlife.great little cafe for a quick drink.cannal boat rides throughout the year. And a yearly festival at the canal basin
  • The walk along the restored section of the Chesterfield Canal is an absolutely stunning one. It's surprising what how stunning the scenery is, to say it's on the doorstep of thousands of people. The paths, though sometimes muddy, are very well maintained and wide enough for plenty of people to walk on. You can enjoy a walk on the canal all year round, it's beautiful both in summer and winter. Lots of benches and bins on the canal - it's such a shame that some people still think it's okay to leave their rubbish though. There's a towpath in many areas of the restored section, allowing cyclists and walkers to be on separate paths. Lots of wildlife to see and many boat trips are on offer, as well as canoeing during certain times. You can stop off at the Tapton Lock Visitor Centre or Hollingwood Hub to rest and have a drink/food.
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