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On the water Trip boats Hugh Henshall - Kiveton
Hugh Henshall

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!


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

From the Lock Keeper pub at Worksop through two locks each way (1 hr, £5) on 20th/21st April, 25th/26th May and 24th/25th August

From Kiveton Park through the first treble lock and return (2½ hr, £11) on 5th May, 26th/27th July and 27th/28th September

From Shireoaks to Turnerwood through eight locks each way (3+1 hr refreshment break, £13) on 8th June

Weekends in December
Santa Special trips from the Lock Keeper (£6)

The following one way trips are an opportunity to cruise along a very scenic part of the canal and ascend or descend the historic giant staircase of 22 locks with a refreshment break at Turnerwood. In the Spring see the carpets of bluebells and wild garlic and in the Autumn experience the changing colours of the trees. 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)

Kiveton Park to Shireoaks (4 hrs+ 1 hr, £10) on 12th April, 23rd May, 16th August and 22nd November (dates may be subject to change due to charter requests)

Charter options are listed below (charged at £45 per hour for up to 12 passengers) but choice is determined by where the boat is moored at the time ie. Kiveton Park or Shireoaks Marina. Passengers are welcome to bring a picnic including alcoholic refreshments. Plates, glasses, cutlery and serviettes are available for your use. 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.

From Kiveton Park through the first treble lock and return (2½ hrs)

From Kiveton Park to the winding hole above the first treble lock and return (2 hrs)

Shireoaks Marina (towards Turnerwood) through three locks and return (1½ hrs)

Shireoaks Marina through seven locks to below The Lock Keeper and return (2½ hrs)

For bookings and information, ring 01246 477569
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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.

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.

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.

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