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Pilgrims Scenic Drive

Pilgrims Scenic Drive


Mexborough Resource Centre,
Dolcliffe Road,
S64 9AZ


Discover rural churches in the Pilgrim Fathers area of Doncaster.

The drive visits a number of places linked to the origins of the separatist 'Pilgrim' Fathers' - the early settlers of the Plymouth Colony in present-day Massachusetts, USA. In 1620 one hundred separatists boarded the 'Mayflower' bound for the New World. They were concerned about losing their cultural identity and believed that the New World was their only chance for a fresh start. William Bradford and William Brewster, both passengers aboard the Mayflower came from this area. William Brewster was born in Scrooby and his manor house was used as a meeting place between 1606-7.

This area is renowned for its market towns and villages. Tickhill is a lovely market town centered around a Buttercross erected in 1777. The remains of a Norman Castle (on private land) overlook a picturesque mill dam. Why not walk around the village and visit the many designer boutiques and popular pubs and restaurants.

Blyth was an important stopping place for travellers on the old road from London to York. There are several coaching inns still standing today. Bawtry was an ancient port. Now it is a busy market town with many restaurants and quality shops. It was a former staging post on the Great North Road.

Collect a map from Doncaster Tourist Information Centre or download one from

Drive Route: Circular route starting in Tickhill

Miles: 25

Coach parties acceptedFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedFacilities for hearing impaired

Opening details

Pleae contact Heritage Inspired for opening times of the various sites.


Free entry


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Map reference: SK 473999  Lat: 53.49369 Long: -1.28850

From M1 junction 36 follow the Dearne Valley Parkway to Mexborough. Once in Mexborough, go straight over the roundabout onto the dual carriageway. Take the second slip road off (just before the roundabout) and turn left. Take the first right onto Dolcliffe Road, and then next right onto Hampden Road. Our office is on the corner on the right hand side.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Mexborough station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
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