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On the water Trip boats Seth Ellis - Retford
Chesterfield Canal Trust : Seth Ellis
Seth Ellis - Retford

The Seth Ellis is licensed to carry up to 12 passengers. Purpose built in 2005, she has a galley for serving hot and cold drinks, a toilet and central heating as well as large opening windows all around. A large cruiser-style stern makes getting on and off the boat easy. Access to the passenger cabin is down a short flight of steps.

You are welcome to bring your own picnic, or we can stop at a canalside pub. Passengers may have a go at steering, under the supervision of our crew.

From our base in Retford, you can charter the boat on a choice of routes. We move to other locations for some weekend trips. For full details, see below.


Information, Booking and Payments

For bookings and information, please ring 07925 851569 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

When you book your trip, please make sure you select the correct trip length as this determines the cost. Having made your booking, you can pay by cash, cheque or online. For online payments, you can either use a Paypal account or a regular debit or credit card.

To pay online please click here.


Charters and Special Trips 2014

Charters may be booked for any day of the week in any month of the year.
All charters depart from the Hop Pole Public House, Welham Road, Retford DN22 6UG.
N.B. These prices are for up to 12 passengers. Longer trips are available on request.

... Gate Inn, Grove Road and return :: 2 hours - £90

... Boat Inn at Hayton :: 2.5 hours - £112.50

... Embankment through Retford :: 2.5 hours - £112.50

... Gate Inn and West Retford Lock :: 3 hours - £135

... Clayworth including 30 min stop :: 4 hours - £180


Special trips 2014

Easter Egg Hunt from the Hop Pole, Retford (30 mins, £6)
April 13th

From the Bay Tree Café, Retford (30 mins, £4.50/£4)
May 5th

Pirate Trips from the Hop Pole, Retford (30 mins, £6)
June 1st, July 6th, August 3rd and September 7th

From the Hop Pole on Welham Road, Retford (2½ hr, £11)
July 26th and 27th

From Misterton Locks (2hrs, £8.50)
August 8th

From Drakeholes via the tunnel to Shaw Lock (2½ hr, £11)
August 9th and 10th

From the Chequers Inn at Ranby (2hrs, £8.50)
August 23rd, 24th and 25th

From the Bay Tree Café at Retford (50 mins, £5.50/£5)
September 13th and 14th

Santa Special trips from the Hop Pole (£6)
Weekends in December