Restoration 2003 Summary
Restoration in Derbyshire
Substantial grants from the East Midlands Development Agency and the European Regional Development Fund have allowed Derbyshire County Council to remove the Station Road and Newbridge Lane obstructions on their presently isolated four – mile section between Chesterfield and Staveley during 2001, allowing the Canal Trust’s trip boat the John Varley to enjoy a much extended cruise. ‘The final obstruction at Bilby Lane was removed in 2002, allowing full navigation on the five mile section between Chesterfield and Staveley.
The towing path has been improved by Derbyshire County Council to accom-modate cyclists as well as walkers as part of the Trans Pennine Trail. The Chesterfield Canal Trust has restored the four derelict locks in this section, and constructed a completely new lock on the former Dixon opencast site at Hollingwood.
The former lock-keeper’s cottage at Tapton Lock, Lockoford Lane, Chesterfield, has been restored as a Derbyshire County Council Visitor Centre and shop with Millennium Commission support, as part of the Trans Pennine Trail. It is open seven days a week during the summer period, and at weekends during the winter.
Fishing is now available on sections of the canal east of Bilby Lane at Hollingwood to Mill Green Staveley. Details from Tapton Lock Visitor Centre (01246 551035).
The remaining seven miles of derelict canal in Derbyshire between Staveley and Killamarsh are not currently under restoration, although the towing path can be walked throughout.
At Renishaw a housing development on the site of the former Foundry has revealed the original line of the canal. Discussions are ongoing to see whether this short section can be rewatered.
At present some difficulties will be encountered at Killamarsh, where the canal has disappeared under housing. A separate sheet is available from the Canal Trust to help you navigate through! Landscaping and towing path improvements at the crossing of the canal with Bridge Street in Killamarsh have recently been carried out by Groundwork Creswell.