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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

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