Sprotborough Canalside

Sprotborough Canalside, Doncaster: Address, Sprotborough Canalside Reviews: 4.5/5

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Sprotbrough Lock is one of the loveliest spots of the canal. Next to 17th Century pub, the Boat Inn, its grassy banks are within an area of outstanding natural beauty and this special place is an extremely popular spot for a Sunday stroll, a leisurely bike ride, a peaceful fish or just to lie back and gaze up at the sky and watch the birds.
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RichardG M
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK18 contributions
Couples
Got parked Ok ( near Boat Inn - now closed ) . Had a pleasant walk down the canal side to the River Don . The pathway is a worn track and easy to walk (few puddles) and then in to the countryside as far as you want to walk . We walked for about 2 miles before returning & when back to the car, crossed the road bridge to see Sprotboro Falls . You can walk down the side of the Falls although it is difficult to get to the waterside but worth it for the views .
All in all a good afternoon 👍
Written July 13, 2020
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HappyEater54
Selby, UK25 contributions
Family
This area is close to my home and close to my heart. The walk from Sprotborough to Conisbrough is an hours and a half of history, heritage, and natural beauty. Park for free in Sprotborough, with a coffee in The Boat to wake you up, and take the three mile walk to Conisbrough and you see medieval castles, victorian industry, and the outstanding natural beauty of the Don Gorge in one easy stroll. Enjoy an excellent Sunday Lunch at Number 21 in Conisbrough, in the shadow of one of Yorkshires oldest churches, and its finest castle, and walk back to your car in Sprotborough is as good a Sunday as you will ever spend. Connections with Douglas Bader, Sir Walter Scott, King Richard III, and even Jeremy Clarkson make this an eclectic trip, and one you wont easily forget
Written October 18, 2013
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Philip G
Doncaster, UK70 contributions
One of nicest walks in the area. From Sprotborough you can walk canal side back towards Doncaster ,or along The Flash towards Rotherham. The paths are good, but can get very muddy along the bird viewing areas . The woods beyond Sprotborough Flash are a decent size and have numerous well defined paths. The Boat Inn is conveniently nearby if you fancy a meal/ drink.
Written June 16, 2015
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masondoyle
Bridlington, UK84 contributions
Couples
We went for a sunday lunch today at The boat Inn, Sprotborough. We had been looking for a decent place where we both my husband and I could eat as I am vegan and he is not. This place says it has menus for both requirements so we booked for a 1.30pm table.
To begin with the parking was atrocious, there was literally cars everywhere and lots of signs telling you that the car park was monitored and if you parked out of a space you would be fined. Also you have to give your car registration to the bar when you go in so they can identify who is a customer and who is not. We understood this and were okay with it, but not with the difficulty of parking.
We went into the pub and my husband dutifully went to the bar to give our car registration while I went to claim our booked table. Two girls were chatting, albeit it seemed to be about the pub, but neither acknowledged me at all, so after a couple of minutes, when they had finished their chat, one finally asked me if I had booked. Yes I told her, gave my name and the time of the table. She then showed me to a teeny tiny table almost in the main drag of the pub and pushed up against a wall. I asked if there were any larger tables as this one seemed so small. She told me no, as the other tables were booked, I asked why we couldn't sit at another available larger one and was told no again, that someone else was coming in for that one in half an hour. She then curtly said 'Where do you expect me to put you'. So we capitulated and squeezed ourselves into the little table. My chair was very loose, and I spent most of the time waiting for it to break and dump me on the floor. My husbands chair was very low and although he looked quite amusing sitting on it, it wasn't really acceptable as a dining chair.
Right, so the table is booked for 1.30, we finally finished at 3.00, that's one and a half hours, a generous 20minutes was spent eating. The rest of the time was waiting and waiting and waiting. The service was dreadful, and yes they were very busy, but we watched our drinks sitting on the bar along with someone else's coffee, which must have been cold by the time it was picked up and taken to the recipient. Then we waited for my vegan menu, which despite me sending them a message saying I was vegan, they gave me the general menu with no vegan options and I had to ask. I'm just saying a good eatery would have clocked the message and been prepared, a little thing I know but niggly none the less.
Some of the vegan menu was not available and I ended up with a tart, some broccoli and new potatoes. My husband opted for the roast beef. When it eventually turned up mine was a plate of dry food. The pastry on the tart was very tasty but the filling was like an afterthought. It had no liquid with it, just dry vegetables plonked in the pastry case. The broccoli which was supposed to be with chipotle sauce was more like a sweet sticky jam and the boiled new potatoes were just that, so dry and unappetising. However, I was starving and chomped my way through most of it.
Hubbies was adequate, his roasties were burnt on one side and raw on the other, the Yorkshire pudding was tiny compared to others we had seen being delivered to other tables, he had two slices of beef, and some cabbage and gravy. The one redeeming feature were very overdone parsnips which he didn't mind.
When we got the bill, not having been asked if we would like a dessert, we paid and left. No 'I hope you enjoyed your meal', or ' Was everything okay?', no the delightfully morose waitress just took the money and disappeared.
We won't return to this place, it promised a lot but delivered very little. A shame as it was busy and I can only assume the people eating there were enjoying the fare dished up to them, we did not.
Written February 17, 2019
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Watty0407
Doncaster, UK935 contributions
Very ordinary. Who included this? There are some average walks around here but frankly nothing worth classing as an attraction. Sprotbrough Church and site of the old Hall are the only areas of historic interest.
Watty
Written July 22, 2015
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Hightrav3ller
York, UK171 contributions
Family
The Sprotbrough canalside is a pleasant walk, you pass the beautful Boat Inn where you can get a drink. A little farther is a lake with a hide form which you can watch the wild life without disturbing it.
Written December 22, 2014
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Richard W
Doncaster, UK89 contributions
Couples
We can often be found riding our bikes form the North end of Donny to Sprotty canal. The tow path takes you right to Conisbrough Viaduct if you fancy going that far. The views from atop are amazing.

Food and toilet facilities can be found at the adjacent Boat Inn.
Written November 8, 2014
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SMCPM
Doncaster, UK18 contributions
Family
Parking limited but we found a place on our numerous visits. Great for walks to both Doncaster and Conisbrough along the trans-pennine way.Footpaths kept in good condition, ideal for seeing the different wildlife. Great for cycling and dog-walking.
Written November 5, 2014
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bev G
Doncaster, UK36 contributions
Solo
very peaceful to stroll away the time,you can walk towards doncaster or not,i chose not & had a lovely walk,plenty of nature to see
Written November 4, 2014
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TiaS84
Yorkshire, UK82 contributions
Couples
This is a great place for a Sunday walk with your loved ones. Would recommend. You can even stop in Boat Inn if you fancy Sunday Roast. I haven`t tried yet.
Written September 11, 2014
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