Tapton Lock Visitor Centre

(Derbyshire Outdoor Pursuits)

Lockoford Lane
S41 7JB
01629 533020

The Chesterfield Canal is a beautiful waterway, an oasis of calm in the busy market town.



005 Tapton Lock - Cafe 001Built more than 200 years ago to transport lead, iron and coal to the River Trent and following the collapse of the Norwood Tunnel in 1907, it fell into disuse. The five mile stretch from Chesterfield to Staveley is now restored and a wonderful place to visit, known locally as the Cuckoo Way.

Starting from the Visitor Centre at Tapton Lock, a hidden gem, with delicious snacks, freshly ground coffee and homemade cakes - It's just a short walk along the towpath to the town and the famous 'Crooked Spire'.

The canal towpath is multi-use and easy access, suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs and ideal to walk, jog or cycle, enjoying the scenery and wildlife all year round. With access onto the Trans Pennine Trail why not explore further afield to Sheffield and beyond. Tramper mobility scooters can be hired from the Visitor Centre.

You'll discover Bluebank Pools Local Nature Reserve along the towpath and five miles of canal from Chesterfield to Staveley is open for boating. Enjoy a seasonal trip from Tapton Lock aboard John Varley II or the narrowboat Madeline offers trips from Hollingwood Hub.
Contact us for information about residential and commercial moorings.


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