GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Coombes Valley

2 miles (3.2 km)

This circular walk explores the lovely Coombes Valley RSPB Nature reserve near Leek in Staffordshire.
There's good facilites with a parking area, information centre and picnic area. From here you can pick up various trails taking you to woodland, ponds, scrub and the pretty Coombes Brook which runs through the centre of the site. On the way you'll pass bird hides where you can look for species including Dipper, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Woodcock.
The Staffordshire Moorlands Walk also runs through the area so you can pick this up to explore the surrounding countryside too.


ST13 7EU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Coombes Valley OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Coombes Valley Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head into Leek and you can pick up the circular walk which visits some of the area's highlights including the Caldon Canal, the River Churnet, Ladderedge Country Park and Tittesworth Reservoir.
To the west there's more waterside walking through the Churnet Valley at Cheddleton.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Staffordshire Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Combes Brook - - 402651

Combes Brook. Looking downstream from the footbridge. An RSPB bird hide stands behind the photographer. I'd have liked to have found and photographed the Horsley Stone and Buttermilk Spring marked on the map, but they lie within a private area of the reserve.

Combes Valley - - 402646

Bench at the point where the footpath crosses Combes Brook. A bird hide overlooking a pond is nearby.

Cloughmeadow Cottage - - 402649

Cloughmeadow Cottage. View from the bird hide in RSPB Combes Valley reserve.

Clough Meadow Cottage

A Grade II listed cottage in the civil parish of Ipstones

Coombes Valley Visitor Centre - - 2276463

Coombes Valley Visitor Centre. The siteis the oldest RSPB reserve in the Midlands, dating back to 1962 whenit was home to the last breeding pair of sparrowhawks in Staffordshire.

Low Wood, Combes Valley - - 402778

Low Wood, Combes Valley


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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