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 during its inaugural public trips at Worksop in 2013
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!
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 2014
Cake and Cruise trips from Shireoaks through three locks each way (1½ hrs, £10) on 19th April, 24th May and 23rd August
There will be one way trips from Shireoaks to Ranby on 2nd July, from Ranby to Retford on 3rd July and from Retford to Shireoaks on 5th July (all £10). Passengers are expected to make their own arrangements for return to their starting point.
Shireoaks to Kiveton Park (4 hrs + 1 hr, £10) on 26th April, 12th July, 20th September (dates may be subject to change due to charter requests)
For all our trips from Kiveton or Worksop, ample free car parking is available and both sites are wheelchair accessible. Please call to discuss your specific requirements.
The Hugh Henshall is now on the eastern stretch of the canal at Kiveton Park where it is available for charter. From Kiveton, the Hugh Henshall has access to some of the most scenic canal environments in the country including the double and treble staircase locks around Thorpe Salvin and Turnerwood.
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 a 16th century engineer involved in the building of the canal along with John Varley and James Brindley. You can read more about Hugh Henshall here.
|Tue Sep 30|
Possible delays at Manton
|Sat Oct 04|
Boat trips from Hollingwood Hub
|Sat Oct 04|
Boat trips in Worksop
|Sun Oct 05|
JV Cruises from Tapton Lock
|Sun Oct 05|
|Wed Oct 08 @10:00 - 04:00PM|
Full Day Derbyshire Cruise
|Sat Oct 11 @10:00 - 04:00PM|
Jumble Sale at Hollingwood Hub
|Wed Oct 15 @19:30 - |
IWA Branch Meeting
|Thu Oct 23 @10:00 - 04:00PM|
Diwali Full Length Luxury Derbyshire Cruise
|Mon Nov 03|
Stoppage at West Stockwith