Thorpe Salvin is a pretty village which lies between Worksop and Harthill in South Yorkshire. The village is steeped in history and takes its name from Knight Ralph Salvin, who owned the village in 1284. Earlier mentions of the settlement in the Domesday book were referred to as Rynkenild Thorp, and remains of a Roman road were found to the West of the village, which is now known as Packman Lane, and by 1339 the village was known as Thorp Salvain.
The village boasts the spectacular ruins of Thorpe Hall, which was constructed in 1570 by the English architect Robert Smythson, who designed many notable houses during the Elizabethan era, including Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire, Doddington Hall, in Lincolnshire and Worksop Manor Lodge in North Nottinghamshire. He was also instrumental in the design and surveying of Wollaton Hall in Nottingham. Built on the site of an earlier Manor, the hall was said to be the inspiration for ‘Torquilstone’ castle from Sir Walter Scott’s romantic historical novel ‘Ivanhoe’. Over the years the house fell into decline and was partially demolished in the 1820s, leaving the remains as we see them to this day. The hall is privately owned and can be clearly seen from the village, the church, and for miles around. It is a real treat!
St. Peters Church is such an Interesting little building which dates back to 1130. The wonderful Tudor porch shields the stunning ancient doorway, which is adorned with intricate stonework ‘tympanum’, the semi-circular decoration above the door. Inside there is magnificent Norman font with incredible carving in the stonework representing the seasons, extraordinary craftsmanship, beyond the usual stone masonry found on other fronts. There is also a chained bible which dates back to 1621, and for some reason is known as ‘Bills Bible’. Look out for the medieval windows on the north wall, as they originally came from Worksop Priory, after the dissolution of the priory in 1539. The windows were restored in around 1840. The church yard is a haven for wildlife, and many of the stones bear unusual carvings with mysterious sculpted faces. There is a great view of the ruined hall from here too!
This walk is blessed with wonderful viewpoints, including the tranquil beauty of the Chesterfield canal as it meanders through the charming countryside, which is guaranteed to offer the chance of some peaceful contemplation. Waterways are a great place to unwind and get back to nature, and are bursting with wildlife, flora, and fauna. This stretch has an impressive number of locks too; Top Treble Lock is a staircase of three locks, if you are lucky you may get to see this incredible piece of engineering in action! It really is a lovely spot and would be a great location for a picnic.
Bordering Thorpe Salvin is Netherthorpe airfield, which is now operated by Sheffield Aero Club. The airfield began by offering facilities for private pilots in the 1930s, using their own aircraft. In 1940 the RAF arrived on the site and many secret missions were carried out from this base during the second world war. The flying club today offers a variety of airborne experiences, from pilot training to acrobatics and has a bar and restaurant on site, which is open to the general public.
The perfect end to this great little walk is a visit to the local village pub, The Parish Oven. It has a wonderful outdoor area for those warm summer days, it is family friendly and accept well behaved dogs too!
DID YOU KNOW?
Thorpe Salvin is also famous for its garden trails and for previously winning Britain in Bloom, so before you leave it is worth having a walk around this wonderful village to admire the stunning displays and blooms.
Distance: 3.2 miles
Gradient: Mostly flat
Approximate time to walk: 2 hours at a leisurely pace
Maps: OS Explorer 279 Doncaster
Path description: Towpath, tracks, woodland, footpath
Start Point: Parish Oven pub
Refreshments: Parish Oven pub
Walk back up the steps and retrace your route back to the pub.