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) 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, read more of David Dawson’s If it’s the Chesterfield Canal, what’s it doing in Clarborough?, click here..

The planned September 2020 Walking Festival has been cancelled because of the ongoing Covid-19 emergency. Read more here...

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.


Wildlife Warch June 2019


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...




For much more including forthcoming events, contact the Chesterfield Canal Trust: