GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Consall Nature Park

2 miles (4 km)

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.

Postcode

ST9 0AF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Consall Nature Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Consall Nature Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

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.

Dog Walking

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.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Staffordshire Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Track in Upper Lady Park Woods, Consall Nature Park - geograph.org.uk - 1213624

Track in Upper Lady Park Woods, Consall Nature Park

Consall Forge - geograph.org.uk - 3918

View of Consall Forge. Consall Forge is tucked away in the wooded Churnet Valley. The Churnet Valley Railway crosses the Caldon Canal here, with the Black Lion pub in the background.

Stream in Lower Lady Park Wood, Consall Nature Park - geograph.org.uk - 1213664

Stream in Lower Lady Park Wood

View across Consall Nature Park - geograph.org.uk - 1443607

View across the Nature Park This view is from the footpath on Far Kingsley Banks. One minute you are walking through woodland and then, suddenly, this fantastic vista opens up in front of you.

Car Park and Visitor Centre - geograph.org.uk - 1443620

Car Park and Visitor Centre This is the visitor centre, toilet block and main car park for the Nature Park. The centre has a shop and a fantastic natural history display

Culvert in Consall Nature Park - geograph.org.uk - 1213640

Culvert in the Nature Park This man-made culvert, obviously built to prevent the track being washed away, is rapidly being colonised by wildflowers and ferns.

Sprink Meadow - geograph.org.uk - 1443591

Sprink Meadow is part of the park, and is a fascinating area of wildflowers, scrubland and a large wildlife pond.

Duck Boarding - geograph.org.uk - 1443515

Duck Boarding. This new duck board path had been laid across a particularly boggy part of the footpath in the Nature Park.

GPS Files

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