First complete passage of the Chesterfield Canal for 104 years?

news_chesterfield_paddling150pxIssue date: 15 June 2011

Andy Robinson, James Woods and Chris Capon took their canoe the full 46 miles of the Chesterfield Canal from Chesterfield to West Stockwith on the River Trent. They set out from Chesterfield on the morning of Friday 10th June and arrived at West Stockwith Basin 5.15pm on the Sunday. They carried the canoe, full of kit, round 52 locks and wheeled it on a special trolley on the unrestored section between Staveley and Kiveton Park.

The Chesterfield Canal Trust believes that this may be the first end-to-end passage of the Chesterfield Canal by a boat since the Norwood Tunnel collapsed in 1907.

The team did this for fun, as a challenge and to raise money - half will go to Fairplay and half to the Chesterfield Canal Trust. To donate, go to or send a cheque to Andy Robinson, Hollingwood Hub, 22 Works Road, Hollingwood, Chesterfield, S43 2PF.