Now you can hire paddleboards and kayaks to splash down Derbyshire canal – Derbyshire Live

It is thanks to a multi-million pound funding boost
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A new paddlesports hire business has opened its doors on the Chesterfield Canal, offering visitors a new way to explore the waterway. The new centre, which will initially open on Saturdays starting from August 13, 2022, will cater for all abilities, whether you are new to watersports or a seasoned paddleboarder.
Visitors will be able to hire a range of equipment for one, three or six hours, including paddleboards, single and double kayaks and a Canadian canoe. Equipment can be hired from the Hollingwood Hub, off Works Road, which is run by the Chesterfield Canal Trust.
The minimum age for any paddleboarder is six years old. Visitors will be provided with changing cubicles, maps, helmets and a buoyancy aid, which you must wear, however, wetsuits are not provided, so bringing a change of clothes is advised.
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A safety briefing will also be delivered before staff help you launch your chosen craft, and you must also bring a mobile phone in case of emergencies. You can book equipment in advance online.
Rob Auton, from the Chesterfield Canal Trust, said: "We are delighted that this exciting new venture is finally able to start. Kayaking and especially paddleboarding on the canal have increased greatly in popularity in the last two years. Experienced watersports enthusiasts or complete novices are welcome."
Hiring a single kayak for one hour will cost £11 each, a double kayak or paddleboard £12 each, and the Canadian canoe will be £13. For three hours, a single kayak is £25, a paddleboard is £26, a double kayak is £27 and a Canadian canoe is £29.
For six hours, a single kayak and paddleboard cost £40 each, a double kayak costs £42 and a Canadian canoe will set you back £45. Visitors will be able to travel up and down the canal, but there must be at least one adult in the group, who must bring photo ID.
The move comes following a £5.3 million funding boost for the Chesterfield Canal Trust, from the Staveley Town Deal fund. Money is also being spent on extending and improving other areas of the canal, including a two-mile extension from Hartington Harbour to Staveley Puddlebank, across the Doe Lea valley, which will take three years to complete.
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