Historic Churches Walk – Chesterfield Canal Festival

Chesterfield Canal

There will be the chance to visit four beautiful historic rural churches and support Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride rideandstrideuk.org Start at St Mary’s Georgian church in West Stockwith before joining the canal at the basin. After walking to Misterton, visiting Grade l listed All Saints’ Parish Church with its Piper window, we shall rejoin the canal, heading to Gringley-on-the-Hill with the chance to visit St Peter and St Paul’s Parish Church at the top of the hill. Back to the canal, we follow the towpath to St Peter’s Parish Church in Clayworth to see the amazing Traquair Murals. An art exhibition is planned here, so you can relax at the end of your walk. Grading: Moderate Free of charge. Finishing point: St Peter’s Church, Town Street, Clayworth, DN22 9AD Grid reference: SK 726 883 Finishing time: 3.00pm. Walk Leader – Chris Thompson, Ramblers Notts Area.
This is a Linear walk. Bus Service Stagecoach Route 97 Retford to Gainsborough via West Stockwith, either meet at Clayworth St Peters Church at bus stop opposite at 9.45am (leave car) or return to West Stockwith from Clayworth end of walk at 16.10pm. Please note these times are correct at time of publishing.
Grid Ref. SK 790 947
Post Code DN10 4EY
Distance 8 miles
Contact Tel. 07719 827 808

Pilgrim Fathers & Family Memorial Walk

Green Lane Babworth

Today we visit the Mayflower Pilgrim Visitor Centre, Retford, then walk out of Retford to Babworth, returning along Chesterfield Canal to Retford.
Meet Chris Thompson (Gedling Ramblers) at entrance to Mayflower Pilgrim Visitor Centre, 11 Churchgate, Retford. Take the opportunity of a meal after the walk.
Grid Ref. SK 704 812
Post Code DN22 6PA
Distance 4.9 miles
Contact Tel. 07719 827 808

Sherwood Forest in search of Robin Hood

Sherwood Forest

Visit St Mary’s Church Edwinstowe site where Robin Hood married Maid Marian, then to Robin’s famous hiding place, the Major Oak. Cross Birkland’s Forest and heathland to Centre Tree, at the middle of the old forest. Through the Plantation to Blackpool, the former site of 6th Duke of Portland’s Russian Cottage. Nearby stood the Shambles Oak, Robin’s larder, where the outlaws hung venison after stealing it from the King. The tree was blown down in a gale in the 1960’s. See St Edwin’s Chapel in part of what used to be the Royal Deer Park and what is now known as King John’s Palace, some 3 miles away at Old Clipstone. Return to Sherwood Visitor Centre. Meet Chris Thompson (Robin Hood Way Flexi Group) at St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Edwinstowe (Porch Entrance).
Grid Ref. SK626 668
Post Code NG21 9QA
Distance 6.5 miles (3 hours)
Contact Tel. 07719 827 808