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

Santa Special Cruises

Our tripboat, John Varley, will be doing Santa Special trips every Saturday and Sunday from 21st November to 20th December from Tapton Lock on the A61 at the Tesco roundabout, S41 7JB.

It will be doing Santa Special trips on Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th December from Hollingwood Hub on Works Road, S43 2PF. 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 2015

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

2-hour trips at 10.00 from Tapton Lock every Sunday from April to October. (£8/£7). Booking essential.

45 minute trips at 12.00, 1.00, 2.00 and 3.00 every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from April to October plus Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Derbyshire school holidays. (£4/£3.50). No booking - just turn up.

Six hour Cruises (10 miles, 10 locks) -  from Tapton Lock on February 28th,  March 11th & 28th,  May 13th,   June 10th,   July 8th & 25th,  August 12th & 29th,  September 9th and 26th,   October 7th & 24th,  November 11th.  (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), Magna Carta (May 23rd). (10 a.m. sailing; £25 and £20). Booking essential.

Easter Eggstravaganzas with the crazy Easter Bunny from Hollingwood Hub on 4th April. (£6). Booking essential.

Two hour Summertime Wednesday Evening Cruises - from Tapton Lock as follows: 6th May - Fish and Chip Feast; 20th May - Beer Tasting with Brampton Brewery; 3rd June - Live Folk Night; 17th June - Cheese Tasting with Davidson’s Cheese Factors; 1st July - Wine Tasting with Majestic Wine; 15th July - Chocolate Heaven with Thorntons; 29th July - Fish and Chip Feast. (7 p.m. sailing; £15; adults only). Booking essential.

Two hour Summertime Wednesday Evening Cruise and Dine - from Tapton Lock. Cruise to the Mill Pub at Brimington, to enjoy a quiet meal in the pub’s new Tea Rooms. Choose from our four menus and sweets. 13th & 27th May, 10th & 24th June, 8th & 22nd July. (7 p.m. sailing; £15; adults only). 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.