GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Hanley Central Forest Park

1 miles (2 km)

This large park in Stoke-on-Trent has some nice walking and cycling paths to try. In the park you'll find woodland trails and a large lake. There's also a small hill with nice views over the city and surrounding countryside.
There's a good sized car park off Chell Street where you can start your exercise. From here you can pick up the trails around the lake and past the children's play area. North of the lake you can climb to the viewpoint before enjoying refreshments at the lakeside snack bar.
To continue your exercise in the area you could head to the nearby Park Hall Country Park. This large park has miles of trail which are great for dog walking and cycling.


ST1 6BB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Hanley Forest Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Hanley Forest Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


There's a small cafe at the site where you can enjoy refreshment from their reasonably priced menu.

Dog Walking

The woodland and parkland are ideal for a dog walk so you'll probably bump into other owners on your visit.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Less than a mile west of the park you can pick up the Trent and Mersey Canal. You could extend your outing by following the towpath north to visit the nearby Westport Lake.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Staffordshire Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Central Forest Park, Hanley - - 83578

Central Forest Park, Hanley. View of the surfaced footpath running alongside the lake. Constructed on the site of a former colliery Central Forest Park was created by the City of Stoke on Trent council as a country park almost in the city centre.

Reclaimed Coal Spoil Heap, Hanley - - 344864

Reclaimed Coal Spoil Heap, Hanley View of the 'Central Forest Park' from Chell Street Created on the 80 acre site of Hanley Deep Pit Colliery. The project won first prize in a national awards scheme sponsored by the Times Newspaper and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Over 40,000 trees were planted and the spoil mounds have been reshaped, grassed over and a lake created.

Tree Stories - - 727711

Tree Stories 1. This £350.000 sculpture designed by Denis O'Connor was erected in January 2008 at the entrance to Hanley Forest Park. The lights in the background glow multi-coloured after dark.

"Tree Stories" - - 727718

Tree Stories 2. The motifs on the tree were designed from ideas by the children of Sneyd Green and Forest Park Primary Schools. Twenty real trees were felled to make room for the one metal one (plus the plaza around it) but the council have promised to plant three trees for every one removed.

GPS Files

GPX File

Hanley Forest Park.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Hanley Forest Park.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)