Chesterfield Canal host landmark walking festival

Promoting the Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival at Stret Lock are: Worksop ramblers Diana Munro, Keith Ross and Janet Ross with David Blackburn of Chesterfield Canal Trust and Coun Julie Leigh, Bassetlaw District Council. PHOTOS SUPPLIED

POSSIBLY the largest organised canal walking event in the country takes place this month.

Taking in three counties and 46 miles of towpaths over nine days, the Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival is being billed as the biggest canal walking event ever run along a single canal.

Organised by the Chesterfield Canal Trust, the festival will take place between Saturday September 15 and Sunday September 23 with a total of 51 guided walks – the majority of which are free – ranging from a children’s walk of just two miles to the full 46-mile length of the canal in three days.

The Trust’s walks officer, David Blackburn, has been researching and leading walks for over 20 years and said: “The Chesterfield Canal has featured in many walking festivals in the past, but this year the Trust decided to organise a dedicated event that shows the Chesterfield Canal off to as many people as possible.

“The canal is an absolute delight at any time of year, but early autumn possibly sees it at its best. There are walks for all ages and abilities, including specialist interest walks and combined walks and boat trips for people who would like a more relaxing day out.”

“We are very grateful to everyone who has helped us to put this festival together and to our sponsors, including our main sponsor Bassetlaw District Council.”

Just some of the special interest walks include subjects such as nature, architecture and canal engineering, as well as an introduction to Nordic walking and discovering three lost canals.

Several walks will also investigate the section of the Chesterfield Canal that has not yet been restored and will reveal plans on how this will take place.

Full details for all the walks, including booking information can be found at www.chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk. Bookings can also be made by calling 01246 345777.

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