The third Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival will run from 11th to 19th September 2021. It is believed to be the biggest such event based on a single canal in the country. The Festival started in 2018, got bigger in 2019, but was cancelled last year due to COVID. This year’s return is eagerly anticipated and has been warmly welcomed.
Altogether there will be 41 guided walks of various types and lengths across the festival. They vary from a one mile stroll to a full twenty miles, perfect for all abilities to get involved and enjoy. The walks are spread all along the canal’s scenic 46 miles from Chesterfield to West Stockwith on the River Trent. Much of the scenery is beautiful, none more so than the Giant’s Staircase of 23 locks in just over a mile between Kiveton and Shireoaks in South Rotherham that features in several of the walks.
There are special interest walks, such as Wildlife, History, Architecture and Restoration. You can also combine a walk with a cruise on one of the Trust’s trip boats to rest your weary legs. Serious walkers will no doubt want to join the 20 mile jaunt from Chesterfield to Worksop. This covers the 12 miles of canal that has been restored since 1989 and the 8 miles that is still to be re-awakened. Chesterfield Canal Trust is currently campaigning to complete the full restoration by 2027 – its 250th Anniversary.
All the walks are free except for those combined with a boat trip. All walks must be booked in advance and that can be done here https://chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk/chesterfield-canal-walking-festival-bookings/.
The Chesterfield Canal Trust, the charitable company hosting the event, wishes to thank all the walk leaders and the organisations that have helped ensure the festival will be a success. All the walks will be subject to the latest COVID advice, so participants should come prepared with a face covering, even if it will not actually be required.