Daily Archives: July 24, 2014

Canal News – Chesterfield Canal, Audlem Festival,History Walk

 Canal News

Morse Lock, Chesterfield Canal. Copyright Roger Bunting
Morse Lock, Chesterfield Canal. Copyright Roger Bunting

Boat trips along the Chesterfield Canal

26 Jul – 30 Aug 2014
10:30 am – 4:00 pm


Hollingwood Hub
Works Road
S43 2JP

Join the Chesterfield Canal Trust on a boat trip along the Chesterfield Canal.

The Chesterfield Canal Trust will be running the trips using Madeline. This is the new boat fitted out entirely by the students and staff of Eckington School. The School and the Trust will split the takings equally between them.

Initially the trips will run every Saturday from 26th July to 30th August. However, if they prove popular, it is hoped that the run will be extended into the autumn.

If you can’t make it on a Saturday, remember that the Trust will still be running Derbyshire’s most popular boat trips aboard the John Varley every Sunday from Tapton Lock on the A61 Tesco roundabout, S41 7JB. Why not try both?

The John Varley also runs a huge range of charters and special cruises from one hour to six hours. See the Chesterfield Canal Trust website for further details.

The cruises will depart each Saturday at 10.30am, 11.45am, 1pm, 2.15pm and 3.30pm.

There will be no advance bookings, just turn up and pay on the day.

The trips will cost £4 or £3.50 for those under 16 or over 65.



The Audlem Festival
The Audlem Festival

Audlem Festival of Transport

26 – 27 Jul 2014
11:00 am – 4:00 pm



Come and see historic boats and vehicles of all shapes and sizes at this bustling annual festival.

The Audlem festival of Transport promises a gathering of around 300 historic vehicles including up to 40 ex-working boats. An old Shroppie ‘Fly Boat’ and the well-known vessel ‘Saturn’ will be in attendance.

The historic vehicles will be in Audlem on the 27th.

For more information and for times see the Audlem Mill website.


Macclesfield Canal, copyright Eddie Starck
Macclesfield Canal, copyright Eddie Starck

Guided history walk

27 Jul 2014
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm


Red Bull Wharf
Congleton Road South
Church Lawton

Join us on a guided history walk along the Trent & Mersey and Macclesfield Canals.

Led by Colin our volunteer greeter,

We shall take a leisurely walk along the Trent & Mersey Canal to the entrance of Harecastle Tunnel, and return via the Macclesfield Canal.

This is a walk into a past age when the canal was busy with cargo, horses and boats. The walk is leisurely and suitable for anyone able to cope with walking the distance of about two miles (3 km). It lasts approx. 90 minutes and finishes with light refreshments at the new Welcome Station at Red Bull Wharf.