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 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.
Public Trip dates 2016
Easter Bunny Cruises from the Lock Keeper pub at Worksop - 25th, 27th & 28th March (£7). Booking essential - ring 0114 360 0460.
One hour trips from the Lock Keeper pub at Worksop - every Sunday from April to September, except 29th and 30th May. (£6/£4). Trips depart at 12.00, 1.00 and 2.00. No booking - just turn up.
Join us at 10.30 at Shireoaks for the one way journey to the Lock Keeper. Please book.
Cake and Cruise trips from Shireoaks through three locks each way (1½ hrs, £10) on 26th March, 30th April, 4th June and 27th August. Booking essential - ring 0114 360 0460.
Shireoaks to Kiveton Park (one way) - 22nd April (5½ hrs, £10). Booking essential - ring 0114 360 0460.
Kiveton Park to Shireoaks (one way) - 23rd April (5½ hrs, £10). Booking essential - ring 0114 360 0460.
Shireoaks Gala (1hr, £5) - 2nd July. No booking - just turn up.
Shireoaks/Turnerwood return (2+1 hrs, £9) - on 16th July and 10th September. Booking essential - ring 0114 360 0460.
Weekends in December
Santa Special trips from the Lock Keeper and Shireoaks. (£7)
The Hugh Henshall is now on the eastern stretch of the canal at Worksop where it is available for charter.
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.
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.