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A new Pilgrims Trail map has been developed to coordinate with the fresh interpretation boards at key Mayflower sites in North Notts., South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. This is available for download via the white button below. Physical copies can be collected at the Pilgrims Gallery and other locations.

In addition, the Pilgrim Heartland Trail was produced jointly by Bassetlaw District Council and Doncaster Council. This trail is still available to download.

Both trails cover local villages in North Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire that are steeped in the history of William Brewster and William Bradford; a history that most local people are familiar with. 

These trails are not a linear routes so sites can be visited in any order. If you are a Mayflower descendant or are especially interested in a particular Pilgrim, certain villages or churches will hold greater appeal than others and that is where our knowledge can help you.

We strongly recommend you contact a member of the Pilgrim Roots staff to let us know you are coming, and allow us to help you plan your visit. Not all of the churches are open every day unless they know visitors are coming. Plus, we can help you plan your visit and offer the latest information on church services, special events, parking details and tour guide recommendations.
All of these will add to your enjoyment of the Pilgrim Heartland Trail.

For further detailed information on Lincolnshire visit www.visitlincolnshire.com. And see www.visitdoncaster.com to find out more about South Yorkshire’s attractions.

From walking tours of a few key sites to a comprehensive trip around the region, there are lots of ways to see the place where the Pilgrim story began. We recommend a stop at the Pilgrims Gallery as a great starting point before venturing out to see the places the Pilgrims knew.

The Pilgrim Roots region boasts Babworth, where Richard Clyfton preached; Austerfield where William Bradford was baptised; Scrooby, where the Brewsters lived and worshipped; Retford, where the religious courts were sometimes held; Sturton-le-Steeple, where John Robinson, the pilgrims’ pastor, was born and later returned to preach; and Gainsborough where John Smyth led a congregation of Separatists.

The trails through the region also incorporate picturesque villages, stunning countryside and charming market towns. There are plenty of opportunities to shop, eat and stay in the towns as well as at the nearby cities of Lincoln, Nottingham and Sheffield.


Self Guided Tour

Welcome to the Pilgrims Trail, a self guided tour of the towns and villages in North Nottinghamshire, Doncaster and Lincolnshire that this area's five leading Mayflower passengers once called home, as well as those of their fellow Scrooby and Leiden Separatists.



Where IT ALL Began

All Saints, Babworth

St Swithun's, East Retford

Worksop Priory

St. Peter's and St. Paul's, Sturton-Le-Steeple
United Reformed Church, Gainsborough
St. Wilfrid's Church, Scrooby

Mayflower 400 Trail

Visits to the Pilgrim Roots region fit in perfectly with the wider trail and a national tour. Sites around England have links to the story, which all began here!