The Chesterfield Canal is part of the Waterways of Mainland Britain and is made up of the Chesterfield Canal (Unnavigable section), the Chesterfield Canal (Norwood to Retford), the Chesterfield Canal (Retford to the Trent) and the Chesterfield Canal (Derbyshire restored section).
Relevant publications — Waterway Maps:
Relevant publications — Waterway Guides:
- Collins Nicholson Waterways Guides No 6 - Nottingham, York and the North East
- Pearson's Canal Companion: East Midlands
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The Chesterfield Canal is in the north of England and it is known locally as 'Cuckoo Dyke'. It was opened in 1777 and ran 46 miles (74 km) from the River Trent at West Stockwith, Nottinghamshire to Chesterfield, Derbyshire. It is currently navigable as far as Kiveton Park near Rotherham, South Yorkshire, plus an isolated section near Chesterfield. Tapton Lock Visitor Centre is located on the Chesterfield Canal to the north of Tapton Park.
The canal was built to export coal, limestone, and lead from Derbyshire, iron from Chesterfield, and corn, deals, timber, groceries, etc. into Derbyshire. The stone for the Palace of Westminster was quarried in North Anston, Rotherham, and transported via the canal.