What has been achieved?

Considerable progress has been made and the canal is now fully navigable from the River Trent at West Stockwith to the Norwood Tunnel at Kiveton Park and from Staveley to Chesterfield. It is to the credit of all the partners that a total of 37 miles of canal and 53 locks are now navigable.

In addition to the physical works carried out on the ground, there has been significant progress on the range of studies required to support bids for the substantial funding necessary for continued restoration.

Protection of the canal route

Each of the local authorities along the Chesterfield Canal has incorporated the canal into its local plan. Each now have policies which specifically safeguard the original route from development likely to prejudice its future restoration. A preferred route has been agreed to take the canal through Killamarsh, where the original route has been blocked by housing. The original route through the Norwood tunnel is at least partially lost. An alternative route has been agreed which includes a protected line across the former Kiveton Park Colliery site.

Protection of the built and natural heritage of the canal

Significant numbers of surviving original structures have been listed by English Heritage, forming a representative sample of the entire range originally constructed. All known standing monuments have been recorded in the appropriate Sites and Monuments records and further work to identify features of historic interest is ongoing.

The unique flora of the canal from Retford to Misterton is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and several canal side locations have been designated as Local Nature Reserves or are now recorded on county records. Positive management has been introduced to ensure conservation.

Physical restoration, reinstatement and development

The map here summarises the progress of restoration and development on the ground.

In Derbyshire an 8 km section has been restored with five locks reconstructed, and three highway bridges reinstated. The visitor centre at Tapton Lock has been opened in Chesterfield; Hollingwood Hub - where a 19th century lock keepers cottage has been entirely renovated and extended to form a community hub has been completed; Staveley Twon Basin was opened in 2012.

In Rotherham 9 km of navigation have been restored including twenty two listed locks, six bridges, and repairs to further bridges and an aqueduct. On the former Kiveton Park Colliery, lakes have been created to form a future marina.

In Nottinghamshire a 5 km section has been restored to Shireoaks including eight locks, a new lock, works on five bridges and the construction of the Shireoaks marina which is now fully occupied.Throughout the length of the canal there have been improvements to the towpath and promotion of access to it.

Information provision & canal promotion

Walks leaflets are available, and the Chesterfield Canal Trust produces an annual guide to the canal. with a guide to places to eat and stay. In addition it runs three trip boats, produces an award winning newsletter and represents the Partnership at local, regional and national waterways events, using a purpose built promotional vehicle.

Restoration studies and planning

Canal restoration is supported by technical studies. Details of those completed and in progress can be found here.

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