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On the water Trip boats Hugh Henshall - Worksop
Hugh Henshall

Santa Special Cruises

Our tripboat, Hugh Henshall, will be doing Santa Special trips on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December from the Lock Keeper pub off the Sainsbury's roundabout on the Worksop ring road, S80 1TJ.

It will be doing Santa Special trips on Saturdays 12th and 19th and Sundays 13th and 20th December plus Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd December from Shireoaks, S81 8LP.

For bookings, ring 0114 360 0460.


In 2011, the Canal Trust won £60,000 from the Big Lottery Fund in the Jubilee Peoples Millions public vote. The result of that project is our latest trip boat, the Hugh Henshall.

The picture above shows the Hugh Henshall on a public trip at Worksop.

The Hugh Henshall has a light airy cabin; the lack of fixed seating offers ultimate flexibilty for guests in wheelchairs

Equipped with a state of the art hybrid drive system, the Hugh Henshall can, at the discretion of the crew, switch over from diesel to electric drive and cruise almost silently through the rural settings the canal provides. This gives visitors an ideal opportunity to see the wildlife and appreciate the peace and tranquillity the Chesterfield Canal can offer.

From the on-board galley, crew can serve reasonably priced hot and cold drinks. Visitors are more than welcome to consume their own food on board and we have a large table at the front of the boat to help with on-board picnics! Laura's Coffee Shop can provide buffets.







We are always happy to receive feedback on our trips. Here are some of the things our visitors have said to us recently.


Public Trip dates 2015

Easter Bunny Cruises from the Lock Keeper pub at Worksop - 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th April (£6). Booking essential - ring 01246 477569.

One hour trips from the Lock Keeper pub at Worksop - every Sunday from April 12th to September 27th (£5/£4.50). Trips depart at 12.00, 1.00 and 2.00. No booking - just turn up.

Cake and Cruise trips from Shireoaks through three locks each way (1½ hrs, £10) on 2nd May, 23rd May and 29th August. Booking essential.

Lock Keeper to Bracebridge return
on 9th May, 11th July and 5th September (2 hr, £10). Booking essential.

Shireoaks Gala (1hr, £5) - 4th July. No booking - just turn up.

Shireoaks/Turnerwood return (2+1 hrs, £8) - on 18th July and 12th September. Booking essential.

Chips and Ships trip from the Lock Keeper (2½ hr, £12). 1st August. Booking essential



The Hugh Henshall is now on the eastern stretch of the canal at Worksop where it is available for charter.

To enquire about chartering the Hugh Henshall for your group, contact David Morris by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling 01246 477569 and leave a message. Charters cost from £45 and a range of trips are available to suite different groups.

Passengers are welcome to bring a picnic including alcoholic refreshments.  Plates, glasses, cutlery and serviettes are available for your use. Alternatively a buffet can be arranged through Laura's Coffee Shop. If you are celebrating a special occasion the crew can decorate the boat externally with bunting and you can bring internal decorations. A CD player can be arranged too.

For all our trips, ample free car parking is available and it is wheelchair accessible. Please call to discuss your specific requirements.

This page also features occasional news articles about the Hugh Henshall. Please take the time to read them and see what this unique boat has been doing in the community.

Hugh Henshall was an 18th century engineer involved in the building of the canal along with John Varley and James Brindley. You can read more about Hugh Henshall here.

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