John Varley will be running Santa Special trips on every Saturday and Sunday from 18th November to 24th December and on Wednesday 20th, Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd December.
All leave from Tapton Lock, on the Tesco roundabout in Chesterfield, S41 7JB.
For bookings, ring 01629 533020.

The John Varley II runs trips from Tapton Lock, on the Tesco roundabout in Chesterfield.

It is a brand new, state of the art tripboat with a large wheelchair lift, a foredeck, a hearing loop and lots of other superb features including two stained glass portholes.

Cruising the five miles of waterway from Chesterfield to Staveley, guests are able to see at first hand the high quality of the restoration that has been carried out on this stretch of the canal and experience the local flora and fauna.


Regular Sunday trips and Full Length trips 2017

For all bookings and information about the following, ring 01629 533020.


2-hour trips at 10.00 from Tapton Lock every Sunday from April to October. (£8.50/£7.50). Booking essential.

45 minute trips at 12.00, 1.00, 2.00 and 3.00 every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from April to October plus Tuesdays in the Derbyshire school holidays. (£4.50/£4). No booking – just turn up.

Six hour Cruises (10 miles, 10 locks) –  from Tapton Lock on February 8th,  March 8th & 25th,  April 12th & 29th,  May 10th & 27th,   June 14th,   July 12th,  August 9th & 26th,  September 13th and 30th,   October 11th & 28th,  November 8th.  (10 a.m. sailing; £21 and £16). Booking essential.

Six Hour Special Occasion Cruises (10 miles, 10 locks) – these include a meal at Hollingwood Hub –  New Year’s Day (1st January),  Valentine’s Day (14th February),  St George’s Day (23rd April),  Armed Forces Day (24th June),  Festival of Archaeology (29th July). (10 a.m. sailing; £26 and £21). Booking essential.

Easter Eggcitement 14th & 15th April, Craft Cruises with Children in mind; 16th April, with an Easter Egg for every child. (£7). Booking essential.

Two hour Summertime Wednesday Evening Cruises – from Tapton Lock. Dates t.b.a. (7 p.m. sailing; £16). Booking essential.

Two hour Summertime Wednesday Evening Cruise and Dine – from Tapton Lock. Cruise to the Mill Pub at Brimington, to enjoy a quiet meal in the pub’s new Tea Rooms using our Discount Voucher. Dates t.b.a. (7 p.m. sailing; £6). Booking essential.

Lock Keeper’s Table Cruises –  on Monday evenings from April to September followed by a Brewer’s Fayre meal at the Lock Keeper pub using our Discount Voucher. (6.30 p.m. sailing, 6 p.m. in September; £6). Booking essential.

Ice Cream Specials – on Saturdays in July and August. Includes an ice cream of your choice from Tapton Lock Visitor Centre. (Every half hour from 12.00; £5).

August Fridays – Cake and criuise at 10 a.m., Strawberry Cream Tea Cruise at 2.30 p.m. (£12.50). Booking essential.


Concessions are for Under 16s and Over 65s; babes in arms go free.

Santa Special trips every weekend from late November to Christmas (£7 for all).
Booking essential, bookings open in September.


Charter Bookings for 2017

Charter bookings cost £50 per hour for up to 12 passengers.

To enquiry about booking the John Varley for a charter trip,
contact Martin Wilson: email or ring 0114 281 1575.

It is possible to combine John Varley with Madeline for groups of up to 24 passengers.