Tapton Lock

Tapton Lock is the Lock No.1 on the Chesterfield Canal. It was also the first lock to be restored in Derbyshire largely due the guerrilla tactics of the then Chesterfield Canal Society.

Today it is also the site of the Tapton Lock Visitor Centre which provides information about the history and natural heritage of the canal and surrounding countryside site and attractions.

Tapton Lock Visitor Centre is run by Derbyshire County Council's Countryside Service and is the base for the management of the restored canal in Derbyshire from Chesterfield to Staveley. It is also the venue for a lively programme of events and activities – many using the "events area" opened in 2005. The site has a slipway which enable the launch of canoes and trail boats.

The Centre is open everyday from April to October 10 am to 4.30 pm and on weekends only from November to March, 10 am to 4 pm.

For more information on the Centre and events at Tapton Lock click here.

The Chesterfield Canal Trust runs the John Varley trip boat from Tapton Lock. For more information on regular boat trips and boat charters click here.

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