November Walk: Chesterfield Canal

THE CHESTERFIELD CANAL
SATURDAY 2nd November 2019
10 a.m. start 

Firstly, we must apologise to all those recipients of the “Walks Programme 2019” who were for the past 9 months have been eagerly awaiting details of the advertised November walk on the Thames, Berks & Andover but unfortunately this was a cruel hoax perpetrated by Jan & Vern because in December of last year Ruth and Mark had, as usual, no flippin’ idea where they were going to walk, however, we have now decided that what you walkers want, what you really, really want is a walk on the Chesterfield Canal from Retford to Clayworth so that is precisely what we are offering. The total distance of this walk is approximately 6 miles with the lunch stop pretty much at half distance at The Gate Inn, Clarborough.
We will meet at 10.00 at the Retford and Worksop Boat Club in Clayworth (see map attached), who have kindly agreed to allow us to use their car park and we will then take the minimum number of cars necessary to convey the group to the Churchgate Visitor Car Park* in Retford. *Note: This is a pay and display car park and the charge for the maximum stay of over 4 hours is £3.50, the machines only accept cash and no change is given. So those drivers unlucky enough to draw the short straws and drive group members from Clayworth to Retford are strongly advised to extract cash contributions from their passengers for the parking charges  prior to allowing them to leave their vehicles (Information on the location of the car park will be available on the day). 
When we have all regrouped in the Churchgate Visitor Car Park we will make our way through Kings Park to join the canal at Inkerman footbridge where we turn left onto the towpath and proceed towards Retford Town Lock and eventually to Clayworth.
When we did our recce walk in early September the majority of the towpath surface was reasonable but unfortunately the last couple of miles to Clayworth was the most uneven stretch so stout footwear / wellies are strongly recommended as are sticks for those that use them.
Lunch is at the Gate Inn. If you are joining us and wish to eat at the Gate Inn please ring us for menu choices, we need to have your menu choices by Saturday 19th October. Otherwise email or ring by Friday 1st November.

Email: ruthandmark123@btinternet.com or phone: 0114 2661353, if there are any last minute panics on the day then we should be contactable on our mobiles Mark: 07380925599 and Ruth: 07804217597.