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 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 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.

Please note that these trips will not run on July 9th and 16th because the pub will be closed for refurbishment; however there will be trips on Saturday July 22nd for the re-opening.

Adults £6, Children £4
Trips depart at 12 noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Go up and down through two locks.
Booking from the towpath on the day.
20% off food voucher for the pub if you take a trip.
Either arrive early, book from the towpath, pay to get your food voucher, enjoy your meal and take the trip afterwards; or pay and take your trip, get your food voucher and eat afterwards.
Passengers requiring the use of our wheelchair lift may book in advance on 0114 360 0640.
You can 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.


Charters 2017

The Hugh Henshall is available for Charter for £50 per hour for up to 12 people. It is moored at Shireoaks Marina, where ample free car parking is available.

You may bring food and alcoholic drinks. Plates, serviettes, cutlery, glasses and tumblers are available for your use. Hot beverages are available for sale on the boat at the cost of £1. There is a CD / USB player. The boat has full disability access. Guests will have an opportunity to steer and can participate in operating locks under supervision.

A number of possibilities are available:

1 hour from Shireoaks and turn above Oneslide Lock :: 4 locks and return :: £50

2 hours from Shireoaks to below Haggonfields Lock :: 5 locks and return :: £100

2½ hours from Shireoaks to Turnerwood :: 8 locks and return with pause for lunch and ice cream :: £125

3 hours from Shireoaks down to the Lock Keeper pub :: 6 locks and return, including a one hour pause for a meal in the the Lock Keeper :: £150

The boat can be chartered from Monday to Saturday inclusive with a start time to suit you. Charters on Sundays are only available between October and Easter because the boat is committed to public trips from the Lock Keeper during the summer months.

To enquire about chartering the Hugh Henshall for your group of up to 12 people, contact Sarah Stephens by emailing 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 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 by clicking here.

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