John Varley ll, will be doing Santa Special trips on every Saturday and Sunday from 23rd November to 22nd December and on Monday 23rd December.
All leave from Tapton Lock, on the Tesco roundabout in Chesterfield, S41 7JB.
For bookings, ring 01629 533020 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

On all our Santa Special Cruises, there is a present for every child and a mince pie and a drink for every adult. £7 per person.


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

It was built in 2016 and is a 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.



Public trip dates 2019

Booking is essential for all trips unless stated. For all bookings and information, ring 01629 533020 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

All cruises leave from Tapton Lock (S41 7JB).

Where there are two prices, the concessions are for Under 16s; babes in arms go free.

Please note that all planned cruises are subject to possible late cancellation, e.g. because of a problem with the canal. You can ring 01629 533020 to ensure that all is running smoothly.

The wheelchair lift on John Varley is currently not working.


Sunday Morning Cruises (2hr, £8.50/£7.50) at 10.00 from 7th April to end October (except 21st April and 15th September). Booking essential.

Sunday Family Fun trips (45 mins, £4.50/£4) at 12.00, 13.00, 14.00 and 15.00 from 7th April to end October (except 21st April and 15th September) and from 11.00 every Bank Holiday Monday. No booking – just turn up.

Staveley Packet Cruises (6hr, £21) at 10.00 on the last Saturday each month from May to October. Booking essential.

Santa Special trips (£7) every weekend from 23rd November to Christmas. Booking essential, bookings open on September 1st.


Charter bookings for 2019

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

To enquire about booking the John Varley for a charter trip, contact Martin Wilson by emailing or ring 0114 281 1575.

Fish & Chip charters can also be arranged. These cost £16.50 per passenger.

It is possible to combine John Varley with Madeline for groups of up to 24 passengers for charters of at least three hours.