Follow the Caldon Canal through the beautiful River Churnet Valley on this easy walk in Staffordshire.
The walk starts at the lovely Froghall Wharf where you will find a good sized car park. You then pick up the canal towpath and head to Cheddleton before finishing at Deep Hayes Country Park. Along the way you will pass some attractive woodland which is worth exploring with a small detour. For example the Consall Nature Park is located just to the west of the canal near Consall Forge. It has miles of nice walking trails and is easy to access from the route.
Also of interest is the Churnet Valley Steam Railway which runs alongside the canal. One option would be to catch the train back from Cheddleton to Kingsley & Froghall Station.
The canal runs along some of the prettiest countryside in Staffordshire with views of the River Churnet, pretty locks and arched stone bridges to enjoy. You'll also pass villages and hamlets such as the delightful Consall Forge where you can stop for refreshments at the canalside Black Lion Inn. There's great outdoor seating with views of the canal and the passing steam trains.
The route follows the Staffordshire Way long distance trail so there is scope for continuing your walk towards Leek and Ladderedge Country Park. Deep Hayes Country Park at the end of the walk is also well worth exploring.
PostcodeST10 2HJ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Caldon Canal Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Caldon Canal Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Caldon Canal OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Caldon Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The popular Blue Mugge in Leek is a nice place to go for some refreshments. It's a well priced traditional pub with good food and a decent selection of beers. There's also a small outdoor area partly undercover. You can find the pub on 17 Osborne St with a postcode of ST13 6LJ for your sat navs.
Also of interest in Leek is the noteworthy Roebuck. Steeped in character and charm this historic pub dates from 1626. It's dog friendly and has a lovely outdoor seating area for warmer days. You can find it at 18 Derby Street with postcode ST13 5AB.
In Cheddleton there's the The Black Lion. The friendly pub is located in a nice spot near St Edward's church and the old Flint Mill. They serve good food and have two outdoor seatings areas for warmer days. You can find them at Hollow Lane, ST13 7HP.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just east of Cheddleton there's the delightful Coombes Valley RSPB Nature Reserve. There's some lovely trails here through oak woodland and along the pretty Coombes Brook which runs through the reserve. There's also bird hides where you can look out for a variety of different species. You could follow the waymarked Staffordshire Moorlands Walk east from the canal to visit the site.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Staffordshire Walks page.