We hold the fishing rights on four miles of the Chesterfield Canal from Osberton Lock to Bridge 53 at Barnby Wharf, Old London Road. This picturesque stretch of the canal runs through the Osberton and Ranby Estates. The canal holds silver fish, carp and predators.

Car parking is available at five points: Osberton Lock, Ranby Village, in the Ranby Estate at Barracks Bend, Bridge 52 Green Mile Lane and Bridge 53.

This tranquil water, once a busy waterway, has minimal boat traffic although in the future this may increase with the re-opening of the Norwood Tunnel in the years to come.

You have to find the fish and catch them as you are competing with an abundance of natural food. Many members adopt a roving approach which has produced some excellent specimens, bream to 7lb, tench to 6lbs, roach just under the 1lb mark, mirror & grass carp to 12lbs and of course sizeable perch and pike.

The canal runs west to east for 46 miles from Chesterfield to West Stockwith on the River Trent. It was the last waterway to be engineered by James Brindley the “father of English canals”. Brindley died in 1772 and the work was brought to fruition by his assistants John Varley and Hugh Henshall.

Within ten years of opening in 1777 the canal began to make a profit transporting a variety of goods including agricultural goods, malt, hops, sail cloth, gravel, bricks and tiles, coal and coke, iron bar and cast iron products, lead, lime and marble.

Split in two by the collapse of the Norwood Tunnel in 1907 and the development of rail and road transport; slowly it declined until the last commercial carrying in 1956. 1976 saw the formation of the Chesterfield Canal Society and the restoration journey began.


Bridge 53 at Barnby Wharf, Old London Road, DN22 8JG,Ranby, North Nottinghamshire Grid Ref: SK663828 to Lock 53, Osberton Lock, Scofton Village, Osberton Estate, Nottinghamshire, S81 OUE – Grid Ref: SK 631800.


Bream, Tench, Roach,Pike, Perch, Mirror & Glass Carp.

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