Worksop walk

Walking trail

The Straw Family were heavily involved in the local community and the town. Every Sunday the brothers, William Jnr and Walter took a turn through this market town, to check on the places they owned, the business and to get a bit of fresh air. For a small town the history contained is fascinating.

The first evidence of human occupation is stone and flint tools, indicating a prehistoric use for the site even if people were only passing through. Just up the road there’s a place called Creswell Crags where they have a series of caves containing much evidence of occupation, including the only Ice Age cave art in the country so we know they were in the area. Likely founded by Weorc in the 7th century there was a motte and bailey castle on what is now known as castle hill. Originally owned by Elsi, a Saxon, the land was given to a Norman lord, Rodger de Bouilli, also recorded as Busli, by King William after the conquest. Recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 Worksop is shown to be a prosperous settlement. The De Lovetots became lords of the manner and it was their endowments that enabled the foundation of an Augustinian monastery in 1103. After the dissolution only the Priory Church remains though it’s still an impressive sight as you’ll see for yourselves. Granted a Royal Charter in 1295 Worksop could now hold markets and twice yearly fairs. The Straw shop, was once on the Market Place, when the top of bridge street was renamed, and the market moved. Markets continue to this day in the town a few times a week. Originally an agricultural town the introduction of the canal and railway in the 18th and 19th centuries saw more diversification, even bringing in a steady flow of tourists to the Dukeries. The Country Estates which surround Workop, as with others, offered open days and a chance to visit. Industrialisation and the opening of the first mine in the late 1800’s massively boosted the population of the town. Why not join us on a guided walk through the town in the New Year? To book your place on a walk please do call us on 01909 482380. Tickets are £5pp including members. You could always call in and pick up a walk when we re-open in March for £1.

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Map route for Worksop walk


Mr Straw's House, grid ref: SK589802


Mr Straw's House. With your back to Mr Straw's House turn right and head down Blyth Grove and turn left at the bottom. Continue along the road, crossing the end of Shepherd’s Avenue and coming to a halt opposite North Nottinghamshire College.

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North Nottinghamshire College. Continue down the road, keeping left at the bottom and pausing by the fenced patch of open ground. Continue round to the left and head downhill on Carlton Road, you’ll see the train station on the right hand side. Cross over the road and find yourself a nice point from which to view the station.

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Worksop station. Cross the railway tracks and continue down the hill into town. On your right hand side you’ll see a road called Overend Road, turn down it. Move over to the left hand side and towards the bottom you’ll see a gap through the buildings offering you a nice view of the church. Continue to the bottom of the road and turn left onto Gateford Road and you’ll find yourself in front of it.

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St John's Church. Continuing along with St John’s on your left hand side follow the road into town. Pause when you get to the end of the road, you should find yourself on a triangular section with a large tree.

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Victoria Square.

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The Golden Ball and the Chesterfield Canal. Continue along the pavement, passing the Golden Ball on your right and crossing over the canal. Ahead you should see the pedestrian zone, this is the beginning of Bridge Street, cross the small road that curves around in front of you and head up the pedestrian zone.

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Bridge Street and Liquorice Gardens . Continue up Bridge Street until the pedestrian zone is dissected by the road. On your right you should see Barclays bank and a clock. Cross the road and turn around to face the way you came, looking towards the bank. Turn around and with your back to Barclays continue up the hill to the top, where the pedestrian zone ends. Cross the road and stand on the open paved area, the place where the shop of Mr Winks the butcher once stood. You’ve arrived at the edge of what was once the Market Place, the spot to see and be seen, surrounded by interesting buildings.

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The Market Place & The Lion Hotel Turn around and look back towards the pedestrian zone, on the left hand side of it you should see the Lion Hotel. Look along the rows of shops to the left of the Lion Hotel, pause when you spot Piccolo Espresso Bar.

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The Straw's Shop& Corn Exhange Turn around until your back is to the Straw’s old shop. You’re now facing the Corn Exchange Turn Away from the Savoy cinema, and walk towards the left hand corner of the corn exchange. Turn right onto Potter Street, walk past the French Horn Pub and continue on until you reach The Priory Gatehouse on left hand side.

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Worksop Priory. If you fancy a stroll over to the graves then head to the left of the Priory main entrance and you’ll see a wall with small windows in it. Head through the gateway in the wall and continue going straight ahead until you reach the wall on the far side of the graveyard. When you reach the wall follow it along to the right and you’ll finally come across the Straw’s graves. This secluded spot on the boundary is nice and quiet, an allegedly close to the grave of a knight from the crusades. Return across the graveyard and back out the small gateway. Ahead of you and slightly to the right you’ll see a park, cross the road and head through the gates. Continue along and almost immediately on your left you’ll see a paved garden area with rosebushes and the remains of a mill.

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Canch Old Pump House. Keeping the old mill on your left continue along the path that follows the course of the water that once powered it. On the opposite bank you can see the rear of the old library.

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The Library Continue along the path and follow it as it bears slightly to the right and crosses a small bridge. Continue along this road a short way until you see the old Gas Works ahead of you.

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Beaver Place Follow the curve of the Fishermans Arms round to the left and continue along Church Walk. This will take you back towards Cuckoo Wharf, cross onto the right side of the road and you’ll get a view of them in passing. At the junction turn right and follow the pavement across in front of Matalan, you may recognise Victoria Square on your left. Cross over at the lights and make your way up hill on the road that runs up the right hand side of Victoria Square, Carlton Road, back in the direction of Mr Straw’s House.

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Continuing up this road you’ll see another tiled pub called the Vine and the building that used to be the cinema, both on the left hand side of the road. There are also nice examples of Worksop’s terraced housing. Make your way up past the railway station and bear right at the traffic lights, following the road up past the end of Shepherd’s Avenue. You’ll know be retracing your steps from earlier and should see Blyth Grove appear on your right.

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Mr Straw's House, grid ref: SK589802

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Worksop walk


Urban terrain through residential streets, walking through uneven churchyard.

Worksop walk

Contact us

Worksop walk

How to get here

5-7 Blyth Grove, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S81 0JG
By train

½ mile (800m) from Worksop station.

By road

Follow signs for Bassetlaw Hospital and Blyth Road (B6045). Blyth Grove is a small private road off B6045, just south of Bassetlaw Hospital A&E entrance. House signposted with black and white sign at the entrance to Blyth Grove.

By bus

Services from Worksop.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network route 6, ¾ mile (1.2km).

Worksop walk

Facilities and access

  • Parking and toilets at Mr Straw's House when open March- November