Chesterfield Canal walk

The first walk of 2016 and in spite of the rain there was a good turn out for an interesting walk. Philip Whiffin, from the Chesterfield Canal Society gave up his day to be our guide.

We started by visiting Norwood locks – visible in the main but part of which have been incorporated into the gardens of canal-side houses. We also saw the remains of a coal wharf and the problems facing the restoration caused by housing estates being built on the canal at Killamarsh. The society have solutions – re- routing the canal and building new locks and possibly a boat lift to overcome obstacles. It was good to see housing being ‘moved’ to allow space for a new section of canal.

After a delicious lunch (many thanks to Roger and Linda at the Crown, Killamarsh) the sun shone and it was a pleasant walk to Renishaw. Here another section of canal had been dug out by developers when a new housing estate was built. At the end of the steel piling we were surprised to see gabions as a canal wall – we can only hope it’s puddled behind them!

Sadly some sections of the canal that have been dug out in the past have been re-filled for various reasons, adding even more to the substantial amount of work needed for the eventual restoration.

Thanks to Ruth and Mark for organising the walk.

Norwood locks

Coal loading shute

Houses to the right have been 'moved' leaving a strip of land (behind the fence) for a new section of canal

Section of canal at Renishaw re-instated by developers