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 2015
One hour trips from the Lock Keeper pub at Worksop - every Sunday from April to October (£5/£4.50). 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
Shireoaks Gala (1hr, £5) - 27th June. 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.
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.
|Sun Feb 01|
Stoppage and towpath closure at Wiseton
|Sun Feb 01|
|Wed Feb 04 @14:00 - |
|Tue Feb 10 @10:00 - 12:00PM|
|Wed Feb 11 @20:00 - |
HuH Crew Meeting
|Thu Feb 12 @11:00 - |
Official Opening of Audio Post at Hollingwood Hub
|Sat Feb 14 @10:00 - |
6-hour Special Valentine's Day Cruise from Chesterfield
|Mon Feb 16 @19:00 - |
|Thu Feb 19 @19:30 - |
Python Crew Meeting
|Fri Feb 20 @20:00 - |
Race Night in Harthill