Top Pound

Top pound

NB The towpath along the top pound can be very muddy at times. Walking it after rain is not recommended.

West of Thorpe locks the canal swings round to the south for a while.
Here, on the towpath side, is an “interesting” feature: someone is collecting loads of “rubbish”. Old vehicles, planks of wood, electronics and indeed anything that would be thrown out. There’s a house in the middle of it all that looks as if someone has thrown it away.


As the canal turns to the west again there’s a weir. As with everything, this was built to true (pre)Victorian standards. All it’s doing is allowing excess water out, but it’s made so well.

Pudding Dyke Bridge

Pudding Dyke Bridge is so called because a brook of the same name flows down, collecting the water from the weir on its way.


Between Pudding Dyke and Dog Kennel bridges are three narrowings of the canal: I don’t know if they’ve got a “proper” name so I’ve called ’em pinches. The stranger to canals might wonder what they are for. Look at each side and you’ll see slots in the stonework. They’re for isolating sections of the pound by dropping stop planks in. Thought of everything them canal builders!

Map screencap from


Devil’s Hole Bridge

The next bridge is Devil’s Hole. Apparently a corruption of “Dule Hole”: of uncertain origin(Richlow).

Boundary Stone

Just before Thorpe bridge is an interesting object. It’s a stone which marked the boundary between the Duke of Leeds’ property and the Chesterfield Canal Company’s. (Google map)

… the boundary stone marked the land owned by the Chesterfield Canal Company, and the adjacent land owned by the Duke of Leeds. The stone was found, in the nearby undergrowth, by Chesterfield Canal Trust stalwart Ken Clark. It was placed on the towpath by CCT members, as a memorial to Ken. The stone was installed when the CCC purchased land from the Duke of Leeds, to create the railway/canal transhipment wharf which used to be nearby. Christine Richardson (Richlow Guides)

Boundary Stone

Thorpe Bridge

A “thorpe” was a small village, the word derives from the old Norse thorp, now dorf in German. Up the hill on the non-towpath side is the village of “Thorpe Salvin”.

Albert’s Dock

As you approach Kiveton Park’s Dog Kennel Bridge, you pass, across the canal, Albert’s Dock.

Dog Kennel Bridge

So called because the Duke of Leeds dog kennels were nearby. The path rises up the stone lined side and crosses the canal. To the side is Kiveton Park Station.

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