Consall Nature Park
This lovely nature park near Stoke-on-Trent has four waymarked walking trails to try. All the walks start from the visitor centre which has displays, exhibitions and a shop. In the park you will find two large ponds, streams, easy woodland trails and a more challenging climb to Kingsley Banks where there are wonderful views over the Churnet Valley. The area is also great for wildlife with birds including Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Woodcock and Tree Pipit. Also look out for grass snakes, butterflies and dragonflies around the peaceful pools. There are also lots of pretty plants and flowers to enjoy such as marsh-marigold, Butterbur and bluebells in the woods.
At the eastern edge of the park you will find the pretty Caldon Canal. You could extend your walk by following the towpath to Consall Forge where you can stop for refreshments at the canalside Black Lion Inn. Also of interest is the Churnet Valley Steam Railway which runs alongside the canal. The beautiful Consall Hall Gardens lie just to the north and are well worth a visit in the summer months.
PostcodeST9 0AF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Consall Nature Park Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Consall Nature Park Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Consall Nature Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Consall Nature Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Black Lion Inn is a fine choice for some refreshments. It's located next to the canal at Consal Forge and has a lovely outdoor seating area for warmer days. You can find the pub at postcode ST9 0AJ for your sat navs.
The woodland and parkland trails are ideal for dog walking so you'll probably see other dogs on your visit. The Black Lion mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The park is located close to the market town of Cheadle where you can pick up the Cheadle Walk. This will take you to the lovely woodland at the Hawskmoor Nature Reserve and the nearby Dimmingsdale with its picturesque ponds.
Just to the east of Stoke there's some nice cycling and walking trails around Park Hall Country Park. The former quarry site is now notable as Stoke on Trent's only National Nature Reserve comprising woodland, heathland and ponds.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Staffordshire Walks page.