Geo-Trips :: A walk along the Cuckoo Way

Chesterfield Canal in Nottinghamshire

A walk from Retford town centre, Tue, 9 Apr 2013 by Graham Hogg

This walk covered a 12 mile section of the Cuckoo Way (Chesterfield Canal) between Retford and Gringley on the Hill. A fine day and remarkably dry underfoot given the wet winter and heavy snow a week previously. This section of the canal is navigable but we didn't see one moving boat despite the good weather and it being a school holiday. The walk passes several interesting villages - Hayton, Clayworth, Wiseton, Gringley. My walk companion (a fellow geographer) and I have walked the Cuckoo Way in stages from the Chesterfield end and now have only a few miles left to the east where the canal enters the River Trent.

On the map below, the grey line is the GPS track from this trip. Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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SK7080 : The Chesterfield Canal by Graham Hogg
The Chesterfield Canal
Modern apartments beside the canal to the east of Retford town centre. There is... more

SK7181 : Grove Lane by Graham Hogg
Grove Lane
Looking south east

SK7081 : Beside the Chesterfield Canal by Graham Hogg
Beside the Chesterfield Canal
This converted mill beside the canal now houses a snooker club.

SK7181 : The Hop Pole by Graham Hogg
The Hop Pole
Large pub beside the Chesterfield Canal

SK7182 : New lambs with their mums by Graham Hogg
New lambs with their mums
On a very large grassy field beside the Chesterfield Canal.

SK7282 : Whitsunday Pie Lock by Graham Hogg
Whitsunday Pie Lock
A double width lock (unusual on this canal) with a strange name. The gates have... more

SK7281 : Welham Road by Graham Hogg
Welham Road
The A620 to the east of Retford

SK7282 : Chesterfield Canal by Graham Hogg
Chesterfield Canal
Approaching bridge no. 61 which links farms on either side of the canal. Bonemill... more

SK7283 : Chesterfield Canal by Graham Hogg
Chesterfield Canal
A peaceful stretch of the canal approaching Church Bridge (no. 62)

SK7284 : St. Peter's Church by Graham Hogg
St. Peter's Church
Norman church in the village of Hayton

SK7384 : Cordall Lane by Graham Hogg
Cordall Lane
Bridleway to the east of Hayton

SK7285 : The Boat Inn by Graham Hogg
The Boat Inn
Canal side pub in Hayton

SK7385 : Overspill on the Chesterfield Canal by Graham Hogg
Overspill on the Chesterfield Canal

SK7386 : Walking the Cuckoo Way by Graham Hogg
Walking the Cuckoo Way
A long distance trail that is mostly on the towpath of the Chesterfield Canal

SK7387 : The Chesterfield Canal by Graham Hogg
The Chesterfield Canal
To the south of Clayworth

SK7387 : The Chesterfield Canal by Graham Hogg
The Chesterfield Canal
Viewed from Clayworth Bridge

SK7388 : The Brewers Arms by Graham Hogg
The Brewers Arms
'The Village Pub' - a traditional and unspoilt pub in Clayworth village. A... more

SK7287 : The Chesterfield Canal by Graham Hogg
The Chesterfield Canal
To the south of Clayworth

SK7288 : Otter's Bridge by Graham Hogg
Otter's Bridge
Bridge no. 68 on the Chesterfield Canal. No otters in sight today, only a couple... more

SK7289 : The Chesterfield Canal by Graham Hogg
The Chesterfield Canal
To the north of Clayworth

SK7189 : Wiseton Top Bridge by Graham Hogg
Wiseton Top Bridge
Bridge no. 70 on the Chesterfield Canal. The speed limit refers to the adjacent lane!

SK7290 : Fields near Wiseton by Graham Hogg
Fields near Wiseton

SK7190 : Lady's Bridge by Graham Hogg
Lady's Bridge
Bridge no. 72 on the Chesterfield Canal. More ornate than most canal bridges it... more

SK7090 : Drakeholes Tunnel  by Graham Hogg
Drakeholes Tunnel
Bridge no. 73 is the south portal of this short tunnel on the Chesterfield Canal

SK7090 : The White Swan Hotel by Graham Hogg
The White Swan Hotel
Known locally (but not very originally) as 'The Mucky Duck'

SK7090 : Above Drakeholes Tunnel by Graham Hogg
Above Drakeholes Tunnel
The lodges and gatepost used to be the grand entrance to Wiseton Hall

SK7091 : The Chesterfield Canal by Graham Hogg
The Chesterfield Canal
A quiet stretch of the canal to the north of Drakeholes Tunnel

SK7091 : Large field beside the Chesterfield Canal by Graham Hogg
Large field beside the Chesterfield Canal

SK7191 : The Chesterfield Canal by Graham Hogg
The Chesterfield Canal
A quiet stretch of the canal to the north of Drakeholes Tunnel

SK7291 : Gringley Top Lock and cottage by Graham Hogg
Gringley Top Lock and cottage
Lock no. 61 on the Chesterfield Canal

SK7391 : Wood Lane by Graham Hogg
Wood Lane
Approaching Gringley on the Hill

SK7390 : Cross Hill by Graham Hogg
Cross Hill
Acorn House with Gringley Methodist Church beyond.

SK7390 : Gringley Hall by Graham Hogg
Gringley Hall
This 18th century house now offers bed and breakfast accommodation.

All images © Graham Hogg and available under a Creative Commons licence external link.