pick of watering holes on the Waterside West Stockwith. 01427 891223. By the entrance basin. Friendly traditional pub popular with boaters, with real ale, food (steak house and grill) and garden
Church Street, Misterton. 01427 890600. 10 mins north from Bridge 81, bear left into High Street and again into Church Street. Large village local with food, real ale, garden and charity second-hand book and record stall
Town Street, Clayworth. 01777 816107. 5 mins north of Bridge 67. Welcoming village local with real ale, bar food and outside drinking area
Boat Hayton. 01777 700158. Canalside at Bridge 66. Family-friendly pub with outside play area and an emphasis on food but welcomes those just wanting a drink – including local Springhead Brewery real ales
Gate Clarborough. 01777 703397. Canalside at Bridge 62. Refurbished pub and restaurant with extensive menus, real ale, garden
Welham. 01777 704438. Canalside at Bridge 59. Mainly food-based pub with range of real ales, garden and regular live music
Grove Street, Retford. 01777 702742. 5 mins west from Bridge 57. Good example of 1930s pub with original features. Selection of real ales
Chequers Ranby. 07777 709090. Canalside just south of Bridge 51. Smart, recently refurbished restaurant and pub with local real ale and cider and canalside seating
Unicorn Bridge Street, Worksop. 01909 537011. 10 mins south of Bridge 42. Comfortable town centre pub with local real ale
Station Kiveton Park. 01909 774774. Over the level crossing from Bridge 31. Refurbished traditional pub, restaurant, real ale
Pubdetailsarelikelytochangeatshortnotice: youareadvisedtophoneaheadtobesure eastern 20 miles of the Chesterfield Canal from a very real threat of closure after the last freight ended in the 1950s.
Although the villages stand back from the canal along this length, there are waterside pubs at Drakeholes, Hayton and Clarborough. Eight miles of lock-free rural cruising come to an end at the oddly-named Whitsunday Pie Lock. There’s a tale that the canal-building navvies celebrated completing the lock on Whitsunday with a giant pie baked by a local farmer’s wife; sadly this has been debunked (the name appears to actually go back to before the canal was built), but that doesn’t stop the Boat Club from turning up at Whitsun to eat pies here!
The lock marks the end of what has been an entirely rural route, and the beginning of the approach to Retford. An old market town and the largest settlement on the navigable length of the canal, Retford is a good place to stop and shop, or visit one of the assortment of pubs and restaurants.
The canal passes through the town from east to west (having finally turned its wandering course in the vague direction of Chesterfield) crossing a series of three aqueducts – two across
‘Up to now, locks have been relatively few and far between, but the four Forest Locks are a foretaste of what is to come’
Red Hart Brewers Arms Hop Pole Turk’s Head
Sharp turn at Ranby
Approaching Worksop from the east