You will see cyclists on the full length of the towpath. Wherever you are cycling, please be very considerate of walkers.

The section of canal between Shireoaks and Worksop is part of Sustrans Cycle Route 6, that between Chesterfield and Staveley is part of Sustrans Cycle Route 67. The latter is a spur of of the Trans Pennine Trail which runs from Sheffield via Rother Valley.


Click here to see advice about cycling the full length of the canal.

Click here for a map of the Trans Pennine Trail from Chesterfield to Rother Valley, Poolsbrook and the Arkwright Trail.

Click here for a circular route from Kiveton Park to Chesterfield and back.


The Canal & River Trust have dropped the cycling permits that British Waterways had. Instead they have a code, see below. They also give advice; to see it, click here.

Cyclists at the western end of the canal might like to click here for the Chesterfield Cycle Campaign website or click here for the Bolsover & District Cycling Club website.


The Greenway Code for Towpaths

Share the space
Consider other people and the local environment whenever you’re on a Greenway. Remember some people may move less predictably, for example young children or those with visual or mobility impairments.

Drop your pace
Considerate sharing of the limited towpath space is the key.  Jogging and cycling are welcome, but drop your pace in good time and let people know you are approaching by ringing a bell or politely calling out before waiting to pass slowly.

Pedestrians have priority
Towpaths are ‘Greenways’ or shared use routes where pedestrians have priority and vehicles are generally excluded.

Be courteous to others
A smile can go a long way. Abusive or threatening behaviour is not acceptable and should be reported to the Police.

Follow signs
They are there for the safety of everyone. Cyclists should dismount where required and use common sense in busy or restricted areas, recognising that pedestrians have priority.

Give way to oncoming people beneath bridges
Whether they are on foot or bike and be extra careful at bends and entrances where visibility is limited.

When travelling in large groups
Especially if you are running or cycling, please use common sense and give way to others.

Try to avoid wearing headphones
This makes you less aware of your surroundings possible hazards and others sharing the same space.

Keep dogs on a short lead
Clean-up after them. Dog fouling is very unpleasant and is a health hazard.

At all times, keep children close to you
Encourage them to learn and follow the Greenway Code for Towpaths.