This is a really great guide for anyone who wishes to use the Chesterfield Canal. It contains information on the canals history and future restoration, maps, bus and train information and information for boaters. The guide is softback and spiral-bound and the same size as an A5 notebook.
I bought it to use for reference whilst walking the towpath, but boaters will find it very useful too.
The Chesterfield Canal is 46 miles long and the towpath is known as the Cuckoo Way. The unrestored 9 miles is marked with Cuckoo Way roundels or fingerboards and fairly well signed.
The 12 colour maps included in the guide show a short section of the canal, plus a page of important information is also included with each one. No instructions are needed for walkers, the towpath is easy to follow, although it is a bit tricky in the Kiveton Bridge and Kilamarsh area. This is where the unrestored 9 mile section begins and an OS map was required.
The walk was easy to organise using a car and public transport, and we have completed it in stages over the last few months. A big highlight of the walk was the stretch between Kiveton Park and Shireoaks, where the Thorpe and Turnerwoods Locks are situated. The only lowlight was the Kilamarsh area, but beyond that the walk is lovely.
This is a pleasant walk with plenty to see, and the route is good underfoot. After reading all the information boards etc, the ongoing restoration of the canal and the plans for the future create interesting times ahead.