Restoration Section 1: Staveley Town

Mill Green Wharf to Staveley Northern Loop Road Bridge

The planned restoration commences at the earth bund at the end of Mill Green Wharf, Staveley (SK 4300 7471). Mill Green is the current head of navigation (and waters end) for the 5 miles of restored canal from Chesterfield.

Beyond the wharf the canal is infilled with soil and building debris but the route is marked by the former towpath which here forms both the Cuckoo Way long distance footpath and also the Trans Pennine Trail. At the foot of Constitution Walk the canal is crossed by the public footpath from Staveley to Barrow Hill where a replacement footbridge (Staveley Church or Constitution Hill Bridge, No.11) is proposed. The line of the canal then curves around the foot of the low hill on which Staveley Hall and Staveley Parish Church are sited before reaching Hall Lane and Hall Lane Bridge (No.12) (SK 4328 7509).

The wash wall between Mill Green and Constitution hill has been completed by the volunteers of the CCT and work is underway to complete the next section between Constitution Hill and Hall Lane Bridge.

The original Hall Lane bridge was dropped in the 1970's and all trace was removed by road widening works.

In 2009 a new Hall Lane Bridge was completed on a location 30m east of the original in order to gain a navigable height crossing without the need to raise road level. New canal channel has been constructed to link the bridge diversion to the original line.

Beyond Hall Lane Bridge the recently reconstructed channel is visible leading towards Staveley Northern Loop Road Bridge (No.12c) which takes the new by-pass over the canal.

The area between Hall Lane and the Northern Loop Road is under development as a new canal basin with slipway, long term moorings and car parking. For more information on Staveley Town Basin click here.

Staveley Northern Loop Road Bridge to Eckington Road Bridge and Hartington Railway Crossing

Upon leaving the Loop Road bridge the canal turns sharply to the east and passes the site of Hartington Weir and Spillway to reach Eckington Road Bridge (No.13a) (SK 4360 7535).

The new bridge was opened in 2009 as part of the Staveley Northern Loop Road Scheme and spans both canal route and railway. It replaces a blue brick arched bridge constructed in the 1880's and which in turn had replaced the original, smaller, stone canal bridge sited 10 m to the west.

Beyond Eckington Road Bridge the canal is crossed by the railway line from Barrow Hill to Bolsover, Oxcroft and Clowne (site of Bridge 13c). The ground levels here have been severely affected by mining subsidence and a new passage under the railway requires the construction of a railway bridge together with "fall and rise" locks on either side to reduce the pound level and accommodate the requirements of the lower rail level.

The canal pound level will be dropped immediately north of Staveley Town Basin by a single conventional lock (Staveley Town Lock No.5a). The canal will then continue under the Northern Loop Road to Hartington turn where there will be a long side weir on the towpath bank (planked over or bridged ) (Hartington Weir). This weir will discharge via an open channel westwards to a new balancing pond (created as part of the Northern Loop Road scheme). Discharged water will then ultimately return to the River Rother.

The canal channel then passes under the new Eckington Road Bridge before passing under a new footbridge (Bridge No.13b). This new foot, cycle and bridleway bridge will take a branch from the canal towpath across the canal and create an alternative, direct, route to the Arkwright line and associated paths southwards.

Immediately north of the bridge the canal will enter a new box culvert under the Mineral Railway (Bridge No.13c). This culvert will include a towpath passage under the railway for walkers and dismounted cyclists.

Once clear of the culvert the canal reaches the "riser" lock which returns water level to that of the long pound. Lowgates Lock (Lock No.5b) mirrors Staveley Town lock and like the latter is intended to be a conventional lock.

Continuity of water supply to the north and east of the dropped pound will be maintained by a long siphon pipe. The entrance to which will be at a siphon weir at Staveley Town Lock. The riser will be adjacent to Lowgates Lock. The design of the Northern Loop Road bridge makes allowance for both the dropped pound and the siphon pipe.

As the canal emerges east of the railway, minor changes will be made to the access ramps leading to the Trans Pennine Trial. The link between the Trans Pennine Trail and the Arkwright line will be diverted over the planned bridge at Lowgates, however, in the longer term a new high level multi-user trail bridge is considered desirable. After 100m the canal track reaches Bellhouse Lane, Lowgates, which marks the end of the section.

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