These lovely woods near Stoke have some fine trails to explore. 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 tearoom is 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.