Clarborough & Welham Community
near Retford, Bassetlaw
North Nottinghamshire
United Kingdom

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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) under Smeath Lane, 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, read more of David Dawson’s If it’s the Chesterfield Canal, what’s it doing in Clarborough?, click see our Summer 2013 Community Newsletter here..

Chesterfield Canal Trust’s April 2024 E-Newsletter here...

Chesterfield Canal Renewal News here...

Walking Along the Chesterfield Canal - click on title for details of the latest book.

For other forthcoming events, including local boat trips, contact the Chesterfield Canal Trust:



Chesterfield Canal Trust is seeking even more volunteers to support their dedicated work boat, Python, as the platform to help the Canal & River Trust to keep the canal safe and looking good for towpath users and boaters. Python is a venerable soul that was built in 1929. It was lovingly restored and refurbished by volunteers from the Trust. It is the ideal vessel for this type of work. To read more about volunteering opportunities with Python, click here... and the March 2022 update here...

The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) is the only independent, national charity dedicated to supporting and regenerating Britain's navigable rivers and canals as places for leisure, living and business. Read more here...

The September 2022 Walking Festival ran from 10th to 18th September, 2022. Read more here...

The Pull-a-boat fund raising opportunities were available through April and May 2022 - click here for details.

The Chesterfield Canal was opened in 1777 making 2027 its 250th Anniversary.

The Chesterfield Canal Trust has launched an appeal to complete restoration of the full length of the canal by 2027. Click here to read more...and how you can help.



Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival 2019. Click on the poster for a larger view.
A short summary is provided by clicking on the icon to the right...


Newsletter (June 2019) with trip boat schedules, and other snippets.


Barrow Hill Roundhouse Family Dig Archaeology Weekend 13th & 14th July.


Barrow Hill Roundhouse WW1 Peace Event 28th June.



The Chesterfield Canal depends on an army of volunteers to keep the canal walkways ship-shape. Read more here...


Chesterfield Canal Trust has been awarded not one but three Green Flags! Read more...