The Chesterfield Canal runs from the river Trent at West Stockwith to Chesterfield. The Canal is 45.5 miles (73.3 km) long and has 65 locks, but only the section from West Stockwith the eastern end of Norwood Tunnel is currently navigable. This navigable section is 31.6 miles (50.9 km) long and has 46 locks.
At the isolated western end of the canal, five miles and five locks have been restored. The new Staveley Town Basin opened in 2012. There are slipways at Tapton Lock in Chesterfield and Staveley Town Basin. There is also a craning pad at the basin. This leaves nine miles to be restored. There are detailed plans for the entire stretch, prepared by the Chesterfield Canal Partnership. There are currently no other navigable connections to the Chesterfield Canal, however there is an aspiration for a link via the Rother Valley from Killamarsh to join the South Yorkshire Navigation at Rotherham.
For more information please see the Chesterfield Canal restoration page.
The maximum size of boat that can navigate the Chesterfield Canal (West Stockwith to Norwood Tunnel) is
length: 71' 4" (21.75 metres) - Whitsunday Pie Lock, Retford Lock and Thorpe Treble Lock
beam: 6' 10" (2.08 metres) - Retford Lock and Stret Lock
height: 7' 1" (2.15 metres) - Smiths Flat Deck Bridge
draught: 2' 6" (0.76 metres) - Stret Lock
A Sanitary Station key is required to operate locks 41A to 64 (Boundary Lock to Misterton).
A handcuff key is required to operate lock 20 (Top Treble Lock 1).
A special key is required for all the locks at the western end which is, available from Tapton Lock Visitor Centre.
Lock 65 (West Stockwith) enters the tidal river Trent.
(West Stockwith to Norwood Tunnel)
Canal & River Trust
First Floor North
500 Elder Gate
Milton Keynes, MK9 1BB
T: 0303 040 4040
Canal & River Trust website
(at the western end)
Derbyshire County Council
Tapton Lock Visitor Centre, Lockoford Lane, Chesterfield, S41 7JB.
T: 01246 551035