John Varley - Chesterfield

The John Varley II runs trips from Tapton Lock, on the Tesco roundabout in Chesterfield.

It is a brand new, state of the art tripboat with a large wheelchair lift, a foredeck, a hearing loop and lots of other superb features including two stained glass portholes.

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 2016

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. (£8.50/£7.50). 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 (except 29th and 30th May) plus Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Derbyshire school holidays. (£4.50/£4). No booking - just turn up.

Six hour Cruises (10 miles, 10 locks) -  from Tapton Lock on February 10th & 27th,  March 9th & 19th,  April 13th & 30th,  May 11th,   June 8th,   July 13th & 30th,  August 10th,  September 14th and 24th,   October 12th & 29th,  November 9th.  (10 a.m. sailing; £21 and £16). 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),  James Brindley's Birthday (25th June),  Rio Olympics (20th August). (10 a.m. sailing; £26 and £21). Booking essential.

Easter Eggsitement (27th March) with an Easter Egg for every child. (£7). Booking essential.

Two hour Summertime Wednesday Evening Cruises - from Tapton Lock. Dates t.b.a. (7 p.m. sailing; £16; 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. Dates t.b.a. (7 p.m. sailing; £16; 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 (£7 for all).
Booking essential, bookings open in September.


Charter Bookings for 2016

Charter bookings cost £50 per hour for up to 12 passengers.

To enquiry about booking the John Varley for a charter trip,
contact Martin Wilson: email This email 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.