A special harness means two people can comfortably pull the boat. PHOTOS: CHESTERFIELD CANAL TRUST

Pull a replica cuckoo boat and raise funds

THE Friends of Dawn Rose are once again organising boat pulls so that groups or organisations can raise funds in a unique way.In past years, dozens of different organisations have raised many thousands of pounds for their own good causes. Many groups return every year. Even Matt Baker had a go when filming for Countryfile!

A special harness means two people can comfortably pull the boat. PHOTOS: CHESTERFIELD CANAL TRUST
A special harness means two people can comfortably pull the boat. PHOTOS: CHESTERFIELD CANAL TRUST

The idea is very simple. You get your group together and book a date. You pay the Friends of Dawn Rose £50 and then raise as much as you can for your cause through sponsorship. Several groups have raised four-figure sums.There are dates available in April and May. For full details search for Chesterfield Canal Trust.

To book or for further information, please email dawnrose@chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk or ring 07972 287793.Dawn Rose weighs about 10 tons, so it sounds impossible to pull it. In fact, it is surprisingly easy. There is a special harness which means that two people can comfortably pull the boat. Pairs usually pull for about half a mile before swapping to the next pair, but some do much less while others do several miles.

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The course is two miles from Shireoaks to Worksop or the return journey. It will take between two and three hours.

Dawn Rose being bow hauled along the Chesterfield Canal.
Dawn Rose being bow hauled along the Chesterfield Canal.

The Dawn Rose crew will look after everything and will ensure that you will be safe and have an enjoyable time.

Dawn Rose is a replica cuckoo boat – unique to the Chesterfield Canal. It was built using hand tools only by a group of volunteers because all the old working boats had rotted away. It is moored at Shireoaks Marina and does demonstration horse boating, pulled by Charlie the horse, on some summer Sundays from the Lock Keeper pub in Worksop.The Friends of Dawn Rose look after the boat. They are part of the Chesterfield Canal Trust which is campaigning to get the canal fully restored by 2027, which is the 250th anniversary of its opening.

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