GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Dimmingsdale Walk

3 miles (5 km)

Explore the Dimmingsdale Valley and Furnace Forest on this lovely wooded walk. Waymarked footpaths will take you along a series of pools and streams with interesting sandstone outcrops and lots of wildlife to look out for on the way.
Start the walk from the car park next to the Ramblers Retreat. The award winning country tearoomis a great place for refreshments before or after your walk.
From the car park pick up the footpaths heading west through Threap Wood in the beautiful valley. You'll pass a number of photogenic pools where you can look out for birds such as black swan, heron, kingfisher, moorhen and Canada Goose. Buzzards and Muntjac deer have also been spotted in the area.
Heather and wildflowers attract a number of different types of butterfly in the summer months too.
After passing the pools there's some moderate climbing up to Oldfurnace and Stoney Dale where you can pick up the Staffordshire Way long distance trail. This will take you back to the car park.
The woods are located in the Churnet Valley where there are more great walking opportunites along the Caldon Canal. You can follow the Staffordshire Way north from the forest to Froghall where you can pick up the canal towpath.
Near Froghall you can also visit Consall Nature Park. There's more nice woodland trails here with large ponds, streams and a more challenging climb to Kingsley Banks where there are wonderful views over the Churnet Valley.
The woods are located close to the pretty village of Oakamoor. Our Oakamoor Walk visits Dimmingsdale from the village and also explores the National Trust's Hawksmoor Wood.


ST10 4BU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Dimmingsdale OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Dimmingsdale Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The excellent Rambler's Retreat tea rooms are the perfect place to enjoy refreshments after your walk. Inside there's a fine conservatory while outside there are beautiful woodland gardens for warmer days. They have a varied menu and do particularly fine home made cakes.

Dog Walking

The area is perfect for dog walking with miles of good woodland trails. The Rambler's Retreat mentioned above is also dog friendly and will provide fresh water and bowls.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Cheadle Walk visits the site from the nearby town. It also passes through the National Trust's Hawksmoor Nature Reserve so it's a nice way of visiting the two sites from the town.
About three miles south of the woods you will find the remains of the 12th century Croxden Abbey. There are nice trails to follow around the substantial abbey ruins with information boards detailing the history of the site. It's an interesting area and run by English Heritage with no charge for your visit.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Staffordshire Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Ramblers Retreat, Dimmingsdale - - 1180331

Ramblers Retreat, Dimmingsdale

Dimmingsdale - - 129338

Dimmingsdale in all its autumnal glory showing one of the holding ponds built to hold water used in the adjacent smelting mill, now a private residence.

Dimmingsdale in Autumn - - 129355

Autumnal leaves cover one of several ponds in Dimmingsdale in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Oldfurnace - - 230717

Ford on the track to the site, with the chimneys of Oldfurnace beyond the hedge. The location is on the boundary between the civil parishes of Alton and Oakamoor

Country Lane - - 129366

Country Lane. The Threapwood to Oakamoor road showing the western entrance to the woods

Out of the woods after a steep climb - - 1226643

Out of the woods after a steep climb

Sandstone geology at Dimmingsdale - - 1325993

Sandstone geology at Dimmingsdale. An outcrop of sandstone with a prominent fault line, pebbly bands and clear striations.

River Churnet - - 1326170

River Churnet. Looking downstream from the bridge


GPS Files

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