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Kiveton Park, Chesterfield Canal

Accessible to narrow craft from the national network, or trailable boats and canoes

Silver Propeller Challenge


South Yorkshire

Visit Cascade Winding Hole at Kiveton Park, at the current terminus of the navigable Chesterfield Canal, connected to the national network via the River Trent.

It has been chosen as a Silver Propeller Location because few boats visit this unique waterway, especially the restored western end. The ideal proof of your visit to the Chesterfield Canal is a photo of your boat at the portal of Norwood Tunnel which is ½ mile beyond Cascade / Manor Road winding hole. Since a few boats experience difficulties above Worksop with tight locks, anywhere above Worksop will be acceptable if this is as far as your boat can get.  For wide boats on the lower part of the Chesterfield Canal, the turning point in Retford will be the limit of navigation.

Complete our challenge by visiting 20 locations from our list, you will receive our exclusive plaque and goody bag.


About the Chesterfield Canal

The Chesterfield Canal is an early contour canal connecting Chesterfield to the River Trent at West Stockwith. It was surveyed by James Brindley in 1769 and construction began as soon as the Act was passed in 1771.  It ran for 46 miles with 65 locks and two tunnels; the short one at Drakeholes being cut through sandstone but Norwood Tunnel was brick lined and was the longest canal tunnel for two years until Harecastle was opened in 1777.  The Chesterfield Canal opened the same year.

Originally intended to be a narrow canal throughout its length, in 1775 nine shareholders and Retford Corporation advanced extra money to build the canal wider between Retford and Stockwith to facilitate trade using the Trent.  Known locally as ‘Cuckoo Dyke’ the canal was used to export coal, limestone, and lead from Derbyshire, iron from Chesterfield, and corn, timber, groceries and general merchandise into Derbyshire.  The stone for the Houses of Parliament was quarried in North Anston, Rotherham and transported via the canal.

[Photo: Forest Locks in Autumn – by Jan Warsop]

Unfortunately mining subsidence in 1907 caused a partial collapse of Norwood Yunnel, splitting the canal into two parts.  Commercial carrying continued between Worksop and West Stockwith into the 1950s but the canal was officially closed in 1961.  Local campaigners managed to maintain use of this section and it was never abandoned unlike the rest of the canal.

The section from Worksop up to Norwood tunnel at Kiveton Park was restored from 1995 to 2003, aided by several sources including British Coal and the Heritage Lottery Fund.  This section includes some interesting early canal architecture and brings the total connected navigable length of the Chesterfield Canal to 31½ miles.

[Photo: the historic narrow boat Spey, near Drakeholes, on the Chesterfield Canal – by Jan Warsop]

[Tile photo, also by Jan Warsop, shows a boat entering a lock on the way up to Kiveton]

Notes for visitors


Postcode: S26 6NP

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Boat Dimensions

The maximum size of boat that can navigate the Chesterfield Canal is:

Length: 71′ 4″ (21.7 m)
Height: 7′ 1”(2.15 m)

From West Stockwith to Retford:
Beam: 13′ 6” (4.1 m)
Draught: 2′ 6″ (0.8 m)

From Retford to Kiveton Park:
Beam: 7′ (2.1 m)
Draught: 3′ 2″ (0.98 m)

There are slipways at West Stockwith Basin (Contact: Wilf Barnes 07957 354915) and at Shireoaks Marina.

Canoeing, Hire Boasts and Trip Boats

Canoeing is encouraged on the Chesterfield Canal with a Canal & River Trust licence or British Canoeing membership.

The Chesterfield Canal Trust trip boat the Hugh Henshall is based at Shireoaks Marina and does occasional trips to Norwood Tunnel at Kiveton Park.

There are boats to hire for holidays on the Canal from Chesterfield Canal Boat Company and Hawthorn Hideaway.

Also see…

Hollingwood Hub, the home of the Chesterfield Canal Trust, has a visitor centre, shop, café, paddle-sports hire and more.

Challenge Location

Cascade Winding Hole

Kiveton Park, South Yorkshire

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