The beautiful Chesterfield Canal
The Canal & River Trust is the guardian of 2,000 miles of historic waterways across England and Wales, caring for the nation’s third largest collection of listed structures, as well as museums, archives, and hundreds of important wildlife sites.
The Trust cares for the Chesterfield Canal between West Stockwith, where it meets the River Trent, and the Norwood Tunnel.
Today the canal is a popular place for walkers, cyclists and wildlife watchers. A section of the canal between Retford and Misterton is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of its rare aquatic plant life, including linton's pondweed, short-leaved water starwort, and brackish water crowfoot.
A popular place for boaters, the canal offers a quiet and tranquil escape through beautiful countryside and historic market towns.
The canal is well-loved and local people play an active role in helping to keep it looking its best. A dedicated team of volunteer towpath rangers help to look out for anything that’s in need of attention, lead guided walks, help with work parties or just share their local knowledge with visitors. Local groups such as Retford & Worksop Boat Club “adopt” sections of the canal, working with the Trust to look after and improve the area for visitors. The Chesterfield Canal Society is also very active and gets involved with work parties and organising events as well as restoring the western end of the canal.