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On the water Trip boats John Varley - Chesterfield
Chesterfield Canal Trust : John Varley
John Varley - Chesterfield

Our tripboat, John Varley, will be doing Santa Special trips every Saturday and Sunday from 22nd November to 21st December from Tapton Lock on the A61 at the Tesco roundabout, S41 7JB.
It will be doing Santa Special trips on Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th December from Hollingwood Hub on Works Road, S43 2JP. For directions, click here.

For bookings, ring 01629 533020.


The John Varley runs trips from Tapton Lock, on the Tesco roundabout in Chesterfield. When the John Varley is in the lock, boarding is level with the towpath which, together with the boat's wheelchair lift means the boat is suitable for our less mobile guests.

Cruising the five miles of waterway from Chesterfield to Staveley, guests are able to see at first hand the high quality of the restoration that has been carried out on this stretch of the canal and experience the local flora and fauna.


Regular Sunday trips and Full Length trips 2014

For all bookings and information about the following, ring 01629 533020.

The JV runs regular Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday trips from Tapton Lock from April to October. There is a two hour trip at 10.00 which must be booked (£8 and £7) and then 45 minute trips at 12.00, 1.00, 2.00 and 3.00 (£4 and £3.50). No booking is necessary for these short trips - just turn up, pay and enjoy!

Six hour Cruises (10 miles, 10 locks) - on February 27th, March 12th & 22nd, April 9th, May 14th and 24th, June 11th, July 9th & 26th, August 23rd, September 10th and 27th, October 8th, November 12th.
(10 a.m. sailing; £20 and £15)
. Booking essential.

Six Hour Special Occasion Cruises (10 miles, 10 locks) - these include a meal at Hollingwood Hub - New Year’s Day (1st January), Valentine’s Day (14th February), St George’s Day (23rd April), Summer Solstice (21st June), Commonwealth Games (6th August), Diwali (23rd October).
(10 a.m. sailing; £25 and £20). Booking essential.

Easter Eggstravaganzas with the crazy Easter Bunny on Saturday, 19th April from Hollingwood Hub. (£6). Booking essential.

Concessions are for Under 16s and Over 65s; babes in arms go free.

Santa Special trips every weekend from late November to Christmas (£6 for all).
Booking essential, bookings open in September.


Charter Bookings

Charter bookings cost £45 per hour for up to 12 passengers.

To enquiry about booking the John Varley for a charter trip,
contact Martin Wilson: email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or ring 0114 281 1575.

It is possible to combine John Varley with Madeline for groups of up to 24 passengers.