Clays Cloggers is a group of enthusiastic walkers from the “Clays” group of  villages – not just Wheatley,  Members walk on circular routes throughout the year on various days of the month and in different areas. Membership is free, but a nominal charge of £1 per walk is made to cover administrative expenses. Non-members are invited to join the walks on an ad-hoc basis.

If you want to join them, or suggest suitable walks see the contact details below.

Unless otherwise stated all walks depart  from Wheatley Village Hall Car Park



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Completed Events

Creswell Crags Walk Wednesday 27 April 2016

Ten Cloggers set out from Wheatley on a bright sunny morning, arriving at Creswell Crags Visitor Centre for the start of the walk. The first part took the group through the old mining village of Creswell and then through the restored Victorian model village of Creswell, 281 houses around a vast green space, which were originally built by the  pit owners to house the miners. The walk then continued through the magnificent gorge, up along part of the Robin Hood Way to the outskirts of Holbeck Woodhouse and then through part of the Welbeck Estate, returning to the car park at the Crags, a circular walk of 6.9 miles.

A welcome lunch was then taken at the Old School Room Tearoom at Carburton on the return journey where 4 non-walkers joined the group. The sun shone for most of the walk with a sprinkling of snow for a few minutes !

Wednesday 5th  August  8 ‘Cloggers’ enjoyed a sunny, sometimes challenging, walk in the Chatsworth Estate. The steep ascent up to the Hunting Tower for views of the surrounding countryside, and a coffee break, was followed by a sharp descent down 163 steps and a stroll across to the beautiful model village of Edensor.

The Cloggers visited the Church and the Churchyard containing the Cavendish family graves and then tackled the long ascent out of the village and enjoyed a picnic lunch overlooking Bakewell and the neighbouring hills. The return to Edensor took in the teashop and the party travelled to the Hardwick Inn for a well deserved early tea.


Thursday 9th July– On a fine sunny day,10 walkers enjoyed a 5 miles Cloggers classic walk  around Alkborough, taking in Julian’s Bower with great views across the Humber and river Ouse, (spotting 3 Cargo boats moving up the river Trent while on the walk). Afterwards lunch was taken at

The Paddocks tea room with 3 non walkers joining our group.

A popular walk around North Wheatley proved to be an attraction for members and friends as we were led by Roy Bennett and Anne Smith on the evening of 25th June. Lots of interesting local points, and anecdotes by the dozen. To be repeated to include additional village features at a  future date. Dinner at a local pub concluded a fascinating evening’s walk.

21st May. A group of eight Cloggers joined Tony & Jean for a very enjoyable walk, of approx 51/2 miles, in and around the local villages of Everton, Scaftworth , and Harwell. It was a beautiful sunny day to explore the lanes and byways. The walk took us through farmland, and woodlands of Barrowhills, which were carpeted  with bluebells. We were also thrilled to see a very healthy herd of Jersey cows, and their very own very large bull.  Thankfully, all behind wire fencing.  We completed the walk with a welcome beer in the Blacksmiths courtyard, before we had an excellent fish and chip lunch. 

 Wednesday 16th December, on a mild morning 13 Cloggers led by Eric enjoyed a short walk around Clarborough and along part of Chesterfield Canal before returning to The Kings Arms Pub to enjoy a Christmas Lunch along with another 14 non walkers. A good time was had by all.



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  1. Steve

    Clays Cloggers – next events

    Wednesday , 17th February. On this occasion Rose and Frank will guide us on a ramble of approximately 6 miles around Sturton -le-Steeple. The circular walk will begin at Sturton Village Hall at 9.a.m and will explore the field paths and quiet lanes in the locality. After the walk lunch will be at the Chapel in Wheatley, where Hilary has kindly offered to prepare a meal comprising of a casserole, pudding and tea/coffee for an all in price of £10. It is planned that we are back in Wheatley for 12.30 so honorary lunching members may join us then. To book and for further details, please phone Rose or Frank on 884125 before Friday, 12th February. New walkers will be very welcome.

    Saturday 27th February. A weather dependant winter Saturday morning walk of some 7 miles to central Retford. Some soft climbing but greater descent. Through fields, paths and minor roads; via Musspits, Sturton, Market Hill, the restored Welham passage, Shady Lane and Canal. Could be muddy or slippery, but using best options. Leave Wheatley Village Hall by foot 9.00 am and return on 2.30pm Service Bus. Convivial Pub Lunch – retained for lunching Cloggers if walk itself postponed through foul weather. Please book with leaders John or Gwynneth on 880651 by Wednesday 27th February.

  2. Steve

    Welcome to the new Clays Cloggers Home Page. Please use this comments box as you wish! Alternatively use the Facebook Page – or Both!!

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