Confirmed stoppages and restrictions
Forest Middle Top Lock (55) and Forest Middle Bottom Lock (56) - Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th June
HSSE Divers working on behalf of the Canal & River Trust will be undertaking vital underwater canal bank repairs and survey inspections at both Forest Middle Top and Bottom Locks.
C&RT apologises for any inconvenience this may cause but disruption will be minimal and craft may be held up for a maximum of 30 minutes.
Please take care on approach to the locks on the dates specified.
Dive flags will be displayed when dive works are being carried out.
Enquiries: James Brearley - 0303 040 4040.
Between West Stockwith Lock and Shireoaks Marina - Thursday 23rd August 2012 until further notice
We are experiencing large volumes of weed on the Chesterfield Canal and want to make you aware that you may experience difficulties navigating certain sections for the reminder of the Summer and into the Autumn of 2012.
This year the Canal and River Trust have been cutting weed on the canal since May and currently have two weed harvesters removing weed growing from the bed of the canal in the channel. The weed harvesters have worked from Shireoaks Marina to West Stockwith, though the majority of their work has been concentrated in the Hayton / Clayworth area. In addition, in certain areas, reeds from the sides of the channel have broken off and have created floating islands of reeds in the canal. These have been seen on the canal between Manton and Drakeholes. C&RT are working to remove these reeds using a combination of floating and land based plant to move them to a suitable location to be picked out of the canal, and will continue to do so. Please be assured, they will do everything within their resources to tackle the weed and apologise for the inconvenience caused.
They would also ask you to inform them of weed sightings by emailing
and using the subject heading WEED WATCH. Please provide specific information on location by referring to bridge numbers and mooring locations wherever possible. This information will allow them to focus their efforts appropriately.Thank you for assistance and understanding on this matter.
Enquiries: Newark - 01636 704481.
Advice: Misterton Bottom Lock to Thorpe Top Treble Lock Top (C&RT Key Required) - 27th Apr 2012 until further notice
Associated Regional Office: East Midlands Waterways
Restriction on lift of paddle gear is in place on some paddles to assist low water flows.
Enquiries: 01636 704481.
West Stockwith - 1st March 2009 to 28th February 2014
From the Associated Regional Office: BW East Midlands.
Restriction – Operating the Flood Gates: The Environment Agency will be carrying out training operations on the Flood Gates situated at West Stockwith. This will be once every three months over the next five years. Short delays are envisaged, however this will be only a few minutes while the gates are being operated during the training. Boaters are requested to follow the advice of staff on site and take care when passing through the site. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this operation.
Enquiries: Chris Martin, Operational Support Engineer, 01636 704481.
To find our stoppage page on Waterscape, click this link - Waterscape Chesterfield Canal stoppages.