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.Plan my Retford trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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.
Chesterfield Canal Reviews
We spent a couple of days moored in Retford with our boat and it's a perfect place to stop over with almost all the facilities anyone could need more »
We hired 2 barges for a week and had a fabulous holiday from west Stockwith to Shireoaks and beyond. The canal is a fantastic place to be and changes around every corner. It was a very relaxing... more »
Lots of History great country side
Wonderful walks to be had along the Cuckoo Way. There is something therapeutic about walking by the water and always wanting to know what's around the next bend. My favourite section is Kiveton Park to Shireoaks.
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