GUIDED MAYFLOWER PILGRIM WALKS
BABWORTH – PILGRIMS, POETRY & HIGHWAYMEN -
We begin this walk in the small, but quintessentially English hamlet of Babworth, the birthplace of the Pilgrim Fathers, who were the early settlers of Plymouth, Massachusetts and founders of the New World. The country lanes are lined with Evergreens bursting with bright red Winter berries, small paths and winding tracks take you to a little church, hidden amongst some of the area’s oldest trees. All Saints Church is particularly special and must be in one the prettiest settings in North Nottinghamshire; it dates back to over 900 years and has significant connections to the Pilgrim story. It also houses the world-famous mouse carvings by Robert (Mousey) Thompson, I’m still trying to find them all!
The next stretch of our walk takes us over field edge tracks, through ancient woodland and by road, where we follow in the footsteps of Dick Turpin, before joining our waterway path along the Chesterfield Canal, where we will stop for a delightful POSH PICNIC, provided by BaRnby’s from Blyth. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as Redwing, Swans and the occasional Herron. Dependant on the time of year, you can often spot Deer, Badgers and Foxes, especially during the Autumn and Winter months as the vegetation is sparse. Simply enjoy the peaceful beauty of Canal as it winds through the countryside as we make our way to the historical Market Town of Retford.
Retford flourished when the Great North Road was rerouted through the town in 1766, the market square became a hive of activity, with its scores of public houses and inns, attracting a bustling passing trade. The arrival of the railway and the Chesterfield canal saw many changes, and by the 20th century the population had significantly increased. This lovely town continues to grow and flourish with its eclectic choice of bars, coffee shops, restaurants, galleries, theatres and a super museum!
Market Square by the magnificent Town Hall; a grade 11 French Romanesque inspired building, which sits beautifully in the Georgian Square with its elegant splendour. Don’t miss the Broad Stone situated at the front, this is said to be the upturned base of a cross, which was used as a vessel for disinfecting coins in vinegar during the plague to prevent the spread of germs and diseases. As we stroll through the town, take a moment to look up at the rooftops and the stunning buildings, the architecture is absolutely fabulous! (At this point we can visit the museum).
The Jewel in Retfords crown’ has to be Kings Park. It was opened in 1930 to commemorate the reign of George V and the coronation of George VI. Once voted 5th, in Britain’s favourite parks it offers something for everyone, with flower beds and displays, which are beautiful all year. The River Idle meanders gently through, attracting an abundance of wildlife, flora and fauna.
Heading out of the park on our Return to Babworth, it’s worth taking a look at the superb Trinity Hospital. This grade II listed building was established over 340 years ago and has remained a notable Alms House since the 17th Century and is a fine example of Gothic Style Architecture.
Hope to see you there!
Cost to include: POSH PICNIC - £35.00 Adult £12.50 Child
Dietary requirements catered for
START TIME 10.00AM – BABWORTH CHURCH – SK 687809
FINISH – 1.30PM APPROX
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