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Off the water Walking and Cycling General walking information
General walking information

The Chesterfield Canal is ideal for walking along its entire length. The towpath is called The Cuckoo Way and is clearly signposted for all 46 miles from Chesterfield to West Stockwith.

For information about circular walks, click here.


There is a guide entitled The Chesterfield Canal, which is the bible of the cut. It has history, wildlife, boating and walking information as well as lots of photographs. This was originally written by Christine Richardson, the Trust's historian, and John Lower, a founder member who has covered almost the entire waterways system. They have very generously donated the rights to the Trust and we publish it now. Tapton Lock Visitor Centre has copies in stock (01629 533020), or you can buy it from our Postal Sales.

Downloadable guide
If you're a more adventurous sort and prefer to do things your own way, we have a downloadable guide to the full 46 miles of the canal from Chesterfield to West Stockwith. The whole thing fits on to two sides of A4 so we've had to keep things brief, but it covers all the major areas along the canal. It's a 2.5Mb download and you'll need a PDF viewer (Acrobat or Foxit are two that are available for Windows; Mac users have Preview and Linux users can use evince or Acrobat). To get the guide, click here.