Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire County Council manages the restored Chesterfield Canal in Derbyshire.

The navigable waterway extends northwards from its feed off the River Rother at St Helena's weir at Tapton, running (in 2013) for 4.5 miles to Staveley Town Basin. An isolated section has also been restored to water at Renishaw, but is not open to navigation.

Maintenance of the waterway is managed through the Countryside Service. This includes maintaining canal structures such as the locks and visitor facilities such as the Tapton Lock Visitor Centre. The Service also manages the towpath and the Trans-Pennine Trail that parallels the canal for much of this length.

DCC is the Navigation Authority for the waterway and is a member of the Association of Inland Navigation Authorities. Licences for boats on the water are issued through the Countryside Service.

DCC Markham Vale owns and manages the Staveley Town Basin development site.
On-going restoration and development of the canal is coordinated through a multi-disciplinary Derbyshire Project Delivery Group.

Further information on access, boating, fishing and other opportunities can be found on the Derbyshire County Council web-site and Facebook Page.

Chesterfield Canal Partnership contact:

The DCC representative officer for the Chesterfield Canal Partnership is Martin Dowson (Area Manager, Countryside Service)

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