Improving Access to the Canal

One of the core aims of the Partnership is to improve all forms of access to the Chesterfield Canal. The Canal Partnership has produced an Access Strategy which sets out a detailed programme of actions designed to widen access, participation and increase use of the waterway by all members of the community. The Access Strategy can be downloaded here.

Improving Physical Access

All our partners are very actively developing and improving the foot, cycle and bridleway networks around the canal. All have undertaken works to improve the connectivity of the waterway and in consequence increase the numbers of towpath users – even on those sections not yet in water.

The Canal has also featured in recent rights of way improvement plans and area strategies including:-

In addition the Partnership has been developing proposals for a new walking and cycling route linking Sherwood Forest to Retford, Bawtry and West Stockwith along the River Idle. This would form a loop a loop from Retford to the RSPB Reserves at Lound, thence to the English Heritage site at Mattersey Priory and thence to the medieval port of Bawtry and eventually via the reclimed wetlands of the Trent Levels back to the Canal at West Stockwith. This route follows the Idle valley (hence the working name of the Idle Way) and would provide a very important tourism and leisure to link with, complement and enhance the Chesterfield Canal.

IMAGE: Killamarsh Greenway – an easy access urban multi-user trail linking housing, shops, library sport centre and schools. The route largely follows the towpath of the yet to be restored canal and helps everyone to accept the new waterway as a route way. Works undertaken by Derbyshire County Council.

IMAGE: Footpath upgrading works between Shireoaks and Worksop. Works undertaken by British Waterways.

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