Our local canal is The Chesterfield Canal, it flows through the parish from the area of The Hop Pole, on the outskirts of Retford (A620) via The Gate Inn, Clarborough, and on through Hayton.
The canal was opened to traffic in 1777. As originally planned it would have come no where near Clarborough and Welham but would have gone from Chesterfield via Kiveton Park then almost straight to Bawtry. At that time, Bawtry was a thriving river port on the River Idle. Chesterfield was a growing town and exported coal, lead and manufactured goods but with only wagons or pack-horses, transport was slow, expensive and often, in winter, impossible...
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Chesterfield Canal to host landmark Walking Festival
Possibly the largest organised canal walking event in the country will be taking place during September 2018.
Taking in three counties and 46 miles of tow paths over nine days, the Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival is being billed as the biggest canal walking event ever run along a single canal.
Organised by the Chesterfield Canal Trust, the festival will take place between Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd September with a total of 51 guided walks - the majority of which are free - ranging from a children’s walk of just two miles to the full 46-mile length of the canal in three days.
For much more - and booking details, click on the poster.
For much more, contact the Chesterfield Canal Trust: www.chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk