Possibly the largest organised canal walking event in the country will be taking place during September 2018. Taking in three counties and 46 miles of tow paths 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 15th and Sunday 23rd September 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 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 put this festival together, including our main sponsor Bassetlaw District Council.”
Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at the Council, said: “The Council is delighted to be supporting the Walking Festival as the Chesterfield Canal runs through the heart of our district and takes in some of the most picturesque countryside in North Nottinghamshire.
“There are some fascinating stories which will be revealed during the walks, as well as the chance to explore some of the delightful villages and towns that line the canal route.”
Some of the special interest walk subjects include Nature, Architecture and Canal Engineering, 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 of the walks including booking information can be found at www.chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk. Bookings can also be made by calling 01246 345777.