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Chesterfield Canal

Description of Chesterfield Canal: Now navigable for 31 miles from the River Trent at West Stockwith to the Norwood Tunnel at Kiveton Park. A further 5 mile isolated section is available for trailboats between Chesterfield and Staveley

History of Chesterfield Canal: Promoted by an Act of 1771, and opened in 1777, it originally ran 45.5 miles from Chesterfield to the Trent.
For more details see the History page.

Points of Interest of Chesterfield Canal: Water levels are maintained by pumping. Only for topping up at Retford, the rest is by gravity.

Whitsunday Pie Lock on the Chesterfield Canal

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Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions of Chesterfield Canal: River Trent to Retford: Length 72 foot, beam 14 foot. Retford to the head of navigation: Length 72 foot, beam 7 foot. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

Chesterfield Canal: Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Chesterfield

Original terminus of the canal

0

0

N

0

Ford Lane Lock No 1

0.9

1

N

0

New Bridge Lock No 2

1.8

2

N

0

Blue Bank Lock No 3

2.4

3

N

0

Dixon's Lock No 4

2.9

4

N

0

Staveley Works Lock No 5

3.5

5

N

0

Hartington Colliery

5

5

U

0

Belk Lane Lock No 6

10.6

6

U

SK468817

111

Norwood Locks Nos 7 to 19

10.8

19

U

SK469819

120

Norwood Tunnel (West End)

12

19

U

SK472820

111

Norwood Tunnel (East End)

Present limit of navigation.

13.9

19

U

SK500825

111

Thorpe Summit Locks Nos 20 to 22

16.1

20

N

SK535814

120

Thorpe Locks Nos 23 to 25

16.3

23

N

SK537814

111

Thorpe Low Treble Locks Nos 26 to 28

16.4

26

N

SK539814

111

Thorpe Locks 29 to 34

16.5

29

N

SK540813

111

Turner Wood Lock No 35

Also called Quarry Lock

16.9

35

N

SK543813

111

Turner Wood Locks 36 to 41

Lock No 39 is also known as Stone Lock

17.3

36

N

SK549812

111

Shireoaks Aqueduct

17.3

41

N

SK550812

111

Shireoaks Top Lock No 42

17.8

42

N

SK556809

111

Shireoaks Locks 43 and 44

17.9

43

N

SK556809

111

Locks No 45 to 49 (Morse Lock)

19.5

49

N

SK579794

120

Winding hole

19.9

49

N

SK582792

120

Worksop Town Lock No 50

Bridge and Warehouse

20

50

N

SK584792

120

Kilton Locks Nos 51 and 52

21

51

N

SK594791

120

Osberton Lock No 53

23.3

53

N

SK630800

120

Chequer House Bridge

Chequers Inn and Ranby village

25.3

53

N

SK650811

120

Forrest Locks Nos 54 to 57

26.3

54

N

SK660825

111

West Retford Lock No 58

Wharf Bridge

29.9

58

N

SK700810

111

River Idle Aqueduct

30.1

58

N

SK702807

120

Retford Lock No 59

30.4

59

N

SK707808

120

Whitsunday Pie Lock No 60

31.6

60

N

SK720820

120

Clarborough Top Bridge No 62

Gate Inn

33.1

60

N

SK726837

120

Church Bridge No 63

33.4

60

N

SK725841

120

Hayton Low Bridge No 66

B1403 road bridge and Boat Inn

34.1

60

N

SK727852

112

Clayworth Top Bridge No 67

Clayworth Wharf

36

60

N

SK731877

112

Drakeholes Tunnel (South end)

Wharf and Griff Inn

39

60

N

SK706904

112

Gringley Top Lock No 61

Gringley Top Wharf

40.8

61

N

SK728916

112

Shaw Lock No 62

Low Lock Bridge No 76 (Gringley Low Lock)

41.5

62

N

SK738919

112

Smiths Bridge No 77

Walkeringham Wharf

42.6

62

N

SK753928

112

Cooper's Bridge, Misterton

B1403 road bridge

43.9

62

N

SK761943

112

Misterton Top Lock No 63

44.8

63

N

SK773945

112

Misterton Low Lock No 64

44.8

64

N

SK773946

112

Railway Bridge (Packet Inn)

44.9

64

N

SK775946

112

Stockwith Bridge No 85

45.5

64

N

SK784946

112

Trent Lock No 65

Junction with River Trent River Trent junction

45.5

65

N

SK785945

112

NOTE: N and U in the Navigable column above indicates that the node is navigable or unnavigable. If a D appears here it means that navigation is difficult or restricted to smaller craft.

 

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