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Chesterfield Canal Cruises

Chesterfield Canal Cruise

Enjoy a Canal Cruise on the Madeline from Hollingwood Hub or the John Varley II from Tapton Lock in Chesterfield.

The Madeline runs from Hollingwood Hub (S43 2PF) and was built by Eckington School and launched in 2014. It has a galley for serving hot and cold drinks, a toilet and large opening windows all-round the boat. A big cruiser-style stern makes getting on and off the boat easy. There is access to the passenger cabin down a short flight of steep steps with a large front deck.

The John Varley II runs trips from Tapton Lock (S41 7JB), on the Tesco roundabout in Chesterfield. It is a brand new, state of the art tripboat with a large wheelchair lift, a foredeck, a hearing loop and lots of other superb features including two stained glass portholes.

Your trip will take you down the beautiful Chesterfield Canal – so you can cruise and enjoy the lovely scenery. You may even spot some wildlife as you cruise along!

Booking is essential for all trips unless stated. For all bookings and information, ring 01629 533020. Where there are two prices, the concessions are for Under 16s and Over 65s; babes in arms go free.

Hollingwood Hub (S43 2PF)

All cruises on Madeline from Hollingwood Hub have been cancelled until the middle of August due to a vast amount of weed in the canal. This will be cleared on the week beginning 12th August. Please check their website for more details. 

Saturday Walk Up Trips (45 mins, £5/£3) walk-up trips you don’t need to book, just come along and pay on the day. Trips run at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Saturday Morning Cruises (2hr, £10/£6) at 10.00 from 6th April to end of September. Free tea & coffee. Booking essential.

Extra trips during school holidays: Madeline also runs walk-up trips on Wednesdays during the Derbyshire school holidays between Easter and September, on Mondays during the Derbyshire schools summer holidays and on Bank Holiday Mondays. Midweek walk-up trips start at 11.00.

Bank Holiday Monday trips (45 mins, £4.50/£4) at 11.00 every Bank Holiday Monday. No booking – just turn up.

Evening Fish & Chip Specials (2hr, £16) at 19.00 on 23rd May and 20th June.  Two hour cruise including your Fish & Chips taken on the foredeck of the boat. Booking essential.

Strawberry Cream Tea Cruises (2hr, £14.50)Every Wednesday at 2 p.m. from 5th June to 17th July inclusive. Two hour cruise including your cream tea provided by Katey’s Coffee Shop which will be taken on the foredeck of the boat. Booking essential.

Tapton Lock (S41 7JB)

Sunday Morning Cruises (2hr, £8.50/£7.50) at 10.00 from 27th April to end October (except 21st April and 15th September). Booking essential.

Sunday Family Fun trips (45 mins, £4.50/£4) at 12.00, 13.00, 14.00 and 15.00 from 7th April to end October (except 21st April and 15th September) and from 11.00 every Bank Holiday Monday. No booking – just turn up.

Bank Holiday Monday trips (45 mins, £4.50/£4) at 11.00 every Bank Holiday Monday. No booking – just turn up.

Staveley Packet Cruises (6hr, £21) at 10.00 on the last Saturday each month from May to October. Booking essential.

School Holiday Taster Trips (£3/£2) half-hourly from 11.00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Derbyshire School Easter, Spring and Summer holidays (except 23rd April). No booking – just turn up.

Evening Fish & Chip Specials (2hr, £16.50) at 19.00 on 1st, 15th & 29th May; 12th & 26th June; 10th & 24th July. Booking essential.

Lunchtime Fish & Chip Specials (2hr, £16.50) at 12.00 on 22nd May; 5th & 19th June; 3rd & 17th July. Booking essential.

Summer Special Cruises (2hr, £12) at 19.00 on 5th June – Live Folk Cruise and on 19th June – Canal History and its Future. Bring your own refreshments. Booking essential.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic (2 hr, £6/£4) at 11.00 and 15.00 on 15th June. Bring your own picnic and Teddy. Booking essential.

August Fridays – Cake and Cruise at 10.00 and Strawberry Cream Tea Cruises at 14.30 (2hr, £13) on Fridays throughout August. Booking essential.


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  • Chesterfield Canal


  • Tapton Lock - Sundays

    - 10am - 12pm 12pm - 12:45pm 1pm - 1:45pm 2pm - 2:45pm 3pm - 3:45pm
  • Hollingwood Hub - Saturdays

    - 10am - 12pm 12pm - 12:45pm 1pm - 1:45pm 2pm - 2:45pm 3pm - 3:45pm
  • August Fridays: Cake and Cruise - Tapton Lock

    - 10am - 12pm 2:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Tapton Lock & Hollingwood Hub - Bank Holiday Monday

    11am - 11:45am


  • Various - please see description

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