I remember visiting Drakeholes on the Chesterfield canal, when I first started driving. A friend had a boat on this part of the canal and it is probably the nicest location on the whole canal. You can have a meal or drink at the White Swan that over looks the canal.
There is limited amount of off road parking at Drakeholes, unless you are a patron of the White Swan. You can have a picnic on the grassed area by the side of the canal and watch the canal boats going through Drakeholes tunnel. Or you can site outside the White Swan pub with a drink or a meal and watch life go by on the canal.
I have had a fantastic carvery meal in the White Swan on a Sunday.
Quite a few canal boats congregate in this location, probably due to the fantastic setting.
If you have a little more energy you can take a walk down to Wiseton village, which is a beautiful setting. Richard Budge who used to own British coal lived at Wiseton Hall, which I understand was rebuilt and isn’t the old house that used to exist there.
All the best