In 2011, the Canal Trust won £60,000 from the Big Lottery Fund in the Jubilee Peoples Millions public vote. The result of that project is our trip boat, the Hugh Henshall. It is moored at Shireoaks Marina.
The Hugh Henshall has a light airy cabin and a large wheelchair lift. The lack of fixed seating offers ultimate flexibilty for guests in wheelchairs.
Equipped with a state of the art hybrid drive system, the Hugh Henshall can, at the discretion of the crew, switch over from diesel to electric drive and cruise almost silently through the rural settings the canal provides. This gives visitors an ideal opportunity to see the wildlife and appreciate the peace and tranquillity the Chesterfield Canal can offer.
From the on-board galley, crew can serve reasonably priced hot and cold drinks. Visitors are more than welcome to consume their own food on board and we have a large table at the front of the boat to help with on-board picnics!
For further enquiries, contact Sarah Stephens by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0114 360 0460 and leaving a message.
Public Trip dates 2017
One hour trips from the Lock Keeper pub at Worksop – every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from Easter to September. (£6/£4). Trips depart at 12.00, 1.00 and 2.00. No booking – just turn up.
There is 20% off food in the pub for anyone taking a trip.
Join us at 10.30 at Shireoaks for the one way journey to the Lock Keeper. Please book.
Easter Bunny Cruises from the Lock Keeper pub at Worksop – 16th and 17th April (1 hr, £7). Booking essential – ring 0114 360 0460.
Shireoaks to Kiveton Park (one way) – 28th April (5½ hrs, £15). Booking essential – ring 0114 360 0460.
Kiveton Park to Shireoaks (one way) – 29th April (5½ hrs, £15). Booking essential – ring 0114 360 0460.
Shireoaks Gala (1hr, £5) – 1st July. No booking – just turn up.
Shireoaks/Turnerwood return (2+1 hrs, £10) – on 15th July and 9th September. Booking essential – ring 0114 360 0460.
Weekends in December
Santa Special trips from the Lock Keeper and Shireoaks. (£7). Booking essential – ring 0114 360 0460.
To enquire about chartering the Hugh Henshall for your group of up to 12 people, contact Sarah Stephens by emailing email@example.com or calling 0114 360 0460 and leaving a message. Charters cost £50 per hour and a range of trips are available to suite different groups.
The Hugh Henshall is moored on the eastern stretch of the canal at Shireoaks Marina. Ample free car parking is available.
The boat is wheelchair accessible
Passengers are welcome to bring a picnic including alcoholic refreshments. Plates, glasses, cutlery and serviettes are available for your use. Alternatively a buffet can be arranged. If you are celebrating a special occasion the crew can decorate the boat externally with bunting and you can bring internal decorations. A CD player can also be arranged.
Please call to discuss your specific requirements.
The video below is about our Sunday trips from the Lock Keeper pub in Worksop.
Hugh Henshall was an 18th century engineer involved in the building of the canal along with John Varley and James Brindley. You can read more about Hugh Henshall here.