"Cognisant with so many lovely canals on our travels, none had bowled us over at first encounter so much as this."
"... taken as a whole, the flights at Turnerwood and Thorpe rival anything the inland waterway network has to offer ..."
These two quotes are from the Pearson Canal Companion, East Midlands, 2014 © Michael Pearson.
The Chesterfield Canal is widely recognised as one of the most beautiful and varied waterways in England.
It runs for 46 miles from the River Trent to the middle of Chesterfield, linking Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and Derbyshire.
Every yard of the canal can be walked on the towpath known as The Cuckoo Way.
It goes through tranquil countryside where scarcely a house can be seen; has some of the earliest staircase locks ever built (240 years ago); is hugely popular with walkers; has some of the best canal fishing in the country; features an underground canal at Hollingwood and ends up at what will be the £310 million Waterside development in Chesterfield.
Quotes from recent visiting boaters:
"Crew who had not seen the Turnerwood and Thorpe flights before were absolutely delighted with their location, beauty, tradition and interest. This is one of the best stretches of canal anywhere in the UK."
"In October we left Lincoln in our Narrowboat, Grey Goose, and did the whole of the Chesterfield up to the tunnel. It is a beautiful canal in the Autumn and we are very much looking forward to visiting again in the Spring."
Since 1989, 12 miles of the canal have been restored along with 36 locks and 11 bridges; 2 new marinas have been built. The latest section was opened early in 2012 with the flooding of the new Staveley Town Basin.
We have only eight miles left to restore. Detailed plans already exist for every bridge, lock and aqueduct on this stretch. The Chesterfield Canal Trust is currently running a campaign called Closing the Gap in order to achieve this aim.
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