This lovely walk captures the simplicity and tranquillity of this quaint part of North Nottinghamshire, and there is no better way to enjoy a crisp winters day, than popping on your walking boots and wrapping up warm for an invigorating adventure along the canal bank and pretty village of Clayworth.
The Village of Clayworth is situated on the old Roman Way which runs between Doncaster in South Yorkshire, and Littleborough; which is a small hamlet near the River Trent. This pretty little village is typical of North Nottinghamshire and has a rich, varied, and interesting history, with some lovely views over the three counties: Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, and South Yorkshire.
This is a short, pleasant walk, perfect for your daily exercise, enjoyable whatever the weather as it captures the true essence of traditional rural life. The Chesterfield Canal meanders around the village, bringing with it an array of interesting wildlife and an insight to life on the water. The many narrow boats moored alongside add a splash of colour, especially so on a Winters day! There is so much to see along this very pleasant stretch of the Chesterfield Canal, ducks, swans, and moorhen are regular visitors. The pace is slow, and the views are quintessentially English!
Following the canal as it meanders along through the village, you pass under Otters Bridge, you cannot help but notice the impressive Elizabethan Manor, Royston Manor. The original manor was built in 1588 and had extensive alterations in 1891. By the 20th century it had seen many improvements and uses, even a popular hotel. It is just passed this point, at the next bridge, we leave the towpath for the return walk through the centre of the village.
In the heart of the village is St. Peters Church, a picturesque little church and is the home of the world famous Traquair Murals. They are the largest pieces of ecclesiastic art work in the East of England and were painted by Phoebe Traquair; a Scottish artist in 1904, they are one of only two painted by her in England, the others are in Scotland. Stunningly beautiful and a must to see. Worth taking your camera for a picture or two! The church was built between 1150 and 1180 and features a 13th-century stone depicting some of the rarest and finest examples of decorative plasterwork the England has to offer. The church tower houses a ring of eight bells, the oldest dating back to 1629.
Clayworth has changed extraordinarily little over the years, with pretty cottages, two pubs a traditional rural setting, it has much to offer, set alongside the sleepy Chesterfield canal this super little walk captures traditional village life at its best.
ENJOY! HAPPY RAMBLINGS!
Distance: 2 ½ miles / 4 km
Approx time to walk: 1 hour
Map: OS 280
Path Description: Towpath, pavement and tracks
Start Point: Clayworth Top Bridge near the moorings DN22 OAJ
Parking: Layby by the bridge DN22 OAJ (By the boat club)
Dog Friendly: Yes; on lead through village
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