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26 - Shireoaks to Kiveton Park, then back to Shireoaks. Chesterfield Canal.

Wednesday 23rd July 2003

After the now enlarged crew had finished their ablutions, we set off of the last great TNC Challenge left.............the Turnerwood and Thorpe Flight's up to Norwood Tunnel (06:30). Brilliant sunny morning and we had these fabulous little locks all to ourselves - once these easy to work flights have matured they will be amongst the prettiest ANYWHERE in the country - absolutely stunning!
We got rather carried away and arrived at the top at 08:15. After this we boated through the summit to the bricked up Norwood Tunnel entrance. The first section was given the name "Ed's Cut" as he helped dredge this a few
years ago when he worked for the sub-contractors doing the work. At 09:15 the Commode D' Or planted Earnest firmly in the silted end, some 20ft off the Tunnel. After many photies we did a "quite good" traily barge pole reverse back to the winding point. One narrowboat had already left, the solo boater being helped back to Shireoaks by Ken.
We started back at 09:45 and soon caught the assisted boat up. Ken insisted we got in front, so Neil hung around and helped Ken for most of Thorpe Flight, down to the pretty Turnerwood Basin.
We past Shireoaks at 12:20 and carried on down, hoping to get to Ranby that night. A cruiser in front stopped at Rhodesia to let us pass and the Ranby Express was off again. Eventually we arrived at Ranby at 16:30. Ranby was a bit of an Orange blackhole, so did not manage any more communication with Andrew Hooke, Earnest's fitter, who was meant to be turning up late at the Chequers.
The Chequers..............well not a bad pub, very on form Deuchars ales (from Scotland), OK food...............but scored VERY high in the sticky tables guide. Ashtray immovable and many beer mats left permanently stuck to table, where we used them as elbow protectors..........
Andrew did eventually turn up for a couple of drinks, then back to Earnest to check up on how we had been treating his woodwork. Much gossip about R&D and they way the firm would go under the new management.

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Shireoaks Bridge No 38. Chesterfield Canal.

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 Shireoaks. Chesterfield Canal.

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The back of  The Railway pub and Shireoaks Station. Chesterfield Canal.

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The new Boundary Lock No 41 A, put in to combat subsidence. Chesterfield Canal.

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Boundary Lock No 41 A. Chesterfield Canal.

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Cinderhill Bridge No 37. Cinderhill Lock No 41 beyond. Chesterfield Canal.

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Cinderhill Lock No 41. Looking up to One Slide Lock No 40. Chesterfield Canal.

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One Slide Lock No 40. Chesterfield Canal.

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One Slide Lock No 40. Stone Lock No 39 above. Chesterfield Canal.

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Looking down from One Slide Lock No 40. Chesterfield Canal.

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One Slide Lock No 40. Bob Wood looks on. Chesterfield Canal.

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Stone Lock No 39. Chesterfield Canal.

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Looking back at One Slide Lock No 40. Chesterfield Canal.

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Stone Lock No 39. Julian E's idea of a flight of locks. Chesterfield Canal.

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Looking up at Turnerwood Feeder Lock No 38. Chesterfield Canal.

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Turnerwood Feeder Lock No 38. Julian E looks on. Chesterfield Canal.

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Looking back down from Turnerwood Feeder Lock No 38. Chesterfield Canal.

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Looking back down at Turnerwood Feeder Lock No 38. Chesterfield Canal.

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Turnerwood Lock No 37. Chesterfield Canal.

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Turnerwood Lock No 37. Chesterfield Canal.

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The characteristic Chesterfield paddle gear has been replicated on this excellent restoration.

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The characteristic Chesterfield paddle gear has been replicated on this excellent restoration.

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Turnerwood Lock No 36. Chesterfield Canal.

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Turnerwood Lock No 37. Chesterfield Canal.

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Turnerwood Lock No 36. Chesterfield Canal.

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Quarry Lock No 35. Chesterfield Canal.

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Turnerwood Lock No 36. Chesterfield Canal.

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Entering Quarry Lock No 35. Chesterfield Canal.

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Quarry Lock No 35. Turnerwood Basin beyond. Chesterfield Canal.

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Turnerwood Bridge No 36. Thorpe Double Bottom Locks No 33 and 34 beyond. Chesterfield Canal.

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Thorpe Double Bottom Locks No 33 and 34. Chesterfield Canal.

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Thorpe Double Bottom Locks No 33 and 34. Chesterfield Canal.

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Looking back from Thorpe Double Bottom Locks No 33 and 34. Chesterfield Canal.

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Brown's Lock No 32. Brickyard Double Locks No 30 and 31 beyond. Chesterfield Canal.

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Brown's Lock No 32. Brickyard Double Locks No 30 and 31 beyond. Chesterfield Canal.

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Brickyard Double Locks No 30 and 31. Chesterfield Canal.

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Brickyard Double Locks No 30 and 31. Chesterfield Canal.

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Looking back from Brickyard Double Locks No 30 and 31. Chesterfield Canal.

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Looking up from Brickyard Double Locks No 30 and 31 at Milestone Lock No 29. Chesterfield Canal.

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Milestone Lock No 29. Thorpe Low Treble Locks No 26 - 28 beyond. Chesterfield Canal.

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Thorpe Low Treble Locks No 26 - 28. Chesterfield Canal.

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Thorpe Low Treble Locks No 26 - 28. Chesterfield Canal.

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Looking down from Thorpe Low Treble Locks No 26 - 28. Chesterfield Canal.

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Thorpe Low Treble Locks No 26 - 28. Thorpe Limehouse Lock No 25 beyond. Chesterfield Canal.

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Thorpe Low Treble Locks No 26 - 28. Thorpe Limehouse Lock No 25 beyond. Chesterfield Canal.

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Thorpe Limehouse Lock No 25. Thorpe Middle Lock No 24 beyond.

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Thorpe Limehouse Lock No 25. Chesterfield Canal.

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Looking down from Thorpe Limehouse Lock No 25. Chesterfield Canal.

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Thorpe Limehouse Lock No 25. Looking up at Thorpe Bottom Lock No 24. Chesterfield Canal.

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Looking down from Thorpe Bottom Lock No 24. Chesterfield Canal.

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Looking up at Thorpe Middle Lock No 23. Plane / Old Springs Bridge No 35 beyond. Chesterfield Canal.

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Thorpe Middle Lock No 23. Plane / Old Springs Bridge No 35 beyond. Chesterfield Canal.

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Plane / Old Springs Bridge No 35. Thorpe Flight. Chesterfield Canal.

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Looking down at Thorpe Middle Lock No 23. Chesterfield Canal.

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Plane / Old Springs Bridge No 35. Thorpe Top Treble Locks No 20 - 22 beyond. The arch of this bridge is a handrail scraper and you must come in / out of the locks against the towpath wash wall. Chesterfield Canal.

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Thorpe Top Treble Locks No 20 - 22. Chesterfield Canal.

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Thorpe Top Treble Locks No 20 - 22. Chesterfield Canal.

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Thorpe Top Treble Locks No 20 - 22. Chesterfield Canal.

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Thorpe Top Treble Locks No 20 - 22. Looking back at Plane / Old Springs Bridge No 35. Chesterfield Canal.

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Thorpe Top Treble Locks No 20 - 22. Chesterfield Canal.

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Thorpe Top Treble Locks No 20 - 22. Chesterfield Canal.

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Looking back at Thorpe Top Treble Locks No 20 - 22. Chesterfield Canal.

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Out onto the summit pound. Chesterfield Canal.

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Pudding Dyke / Quarry Bridge No 34. Chesterfield Canal.

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Looking back at Pudding Dyke / Quarry Bridge No 34. Bob Wood, Neil Arlidge and Ed Mortimer. Chesterfield Canal.

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 Summit pound. Chesterfield Canal.

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Devil's Hole Bridge No 33. Chesterfield Canal.

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Thorpe Bridge No 32. Chesterfield Canal.

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Kiveton Park. Chesterfield Canal.

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Kiveton Park Bridge No 31. AKA as Dog Kennel Bridge. Chesterfield Canal.

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Looking back from Kiveton Park Bridge No 31. Chesterfield Canal.

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Kiveton Park visitor moorings, the final winding point just beyond. Chesterfield Canal.

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The end for the moment - the Bricked up Norwood Tunnel No 30. Chesterfield Canal.

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The Commode D' Or at the end of another navigation. Norwood Tunnel No 30. Chesterfield Canal.

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We just don't seem to be able to get into Norwood Tunnel No 30! Chesterfield Canal.

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View back down from Norwood Tunnel No 30. Chesterfield Canal.

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Of course Ed has been here years ago! Norwood Tunnel No 30. Chesterfield Canal.

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Norwood Tunnel No 30. Chesterfield Canal.

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Reversing back from Norwood Tunnel, to the winding point. Chesterfield Canal.

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The final winding point is in the feeder entrance. Chesterfield Canal.

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The final winding point at Kiveton Park. Chesterfield Canal.

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On our way back down. Kiveton Park Bridge No 31. Chesterfield Canal.

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The view from the top of Kiveton Park Bridge No 31. The station and the Station Hotel.

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Kiveton Park Bridge No 31. This bridge is also a turnover bridge. The towpath ramp is disused this side. Chesterfield Canal.

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Thorpe Bridge No 32. Chesterfield Canal.

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The beautiful summit pound. Chesterfield Canal.

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Thorpe Top Treble Locks No 20 - 22. The line of poles marks a boundary dispute between BW and the local landowner. Chesterfield Canal.

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Looking up at Thorpe Middle Lock No 23 from Thorpe Bottom Lock. Ken Clark from the Chesterfield Canal Trust, was helping this solo boater down. They kindly let us pass, so Neil stayed behind and set the locks for them. Chesterfield Canal.

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Looking down at Thorpe Middle Lock No 23. Chesterfield Canal.

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Coming back down Thorpe Treble Locks No 26 - 28. Chesterfield Canal.

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Thorpe Low Treble Locks No 26 - 28. Chesterfield Canal.

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Coming down Thorpe Low Treble Locks No 26 - 28. Chesterfield Canal.

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Thorpe Double Bottom Locks No 33 and 34. Chesterfield Canal.

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Turnerwood Basin and Quarry Lock No 35. Chesterfield Canal.

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One for Ed's peg collection! Chesterfield Canal.

The Tour Continues...


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