Along the Chesterfield Canal towpath (the”Cuckoo way”) from Morse Lock on the western edge of Worksop to The end of navigation at Norwood tunnel beyond Kiveton Park station — and back: about 13 miles round trip.
Morse lock to Deep lock
From home I only have to walk round the south side of Godfrey’s pond to be at Morse lock.
Morse lock was for a long time the limit of navigation, everything beyond is the result of sterling work by the Chesterfield Canal Trust volunteers and British Waterways. Some boats need to “fenders up” for Morse lock.
Every day (almost) I walk here on my way to town. This walk to Kiveton is the other way: to the West and “uphill”.
Alongside is Worksop Rugby Club’s ground, followed by an actual farmed field.
the towpath goes up and over a “bridge to nowhere”. This used to lead to the “Lady Lee Arm”, a canal spur leading a mile or so to the Lady Lee quarry. It now makes a convenient “Winding Hole”. More about this elsewhere, eventually.
Next lock up is “Stret”
… is notorious for being narrow, many boats fail to pass it.
“Fenders up or off” is a must here!
There’s a load of pictures of one boat, Charlotte, that had to be pulled out by BW staff after a night jammed in the lock here
There is a “Virtual trip” along the canal on Chesterfield Canal Trust’s Website. Pity it’s not easier to find.