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.

Dimmingsdale Postcode

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.

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.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Ramblers Retreat, Dimmingsdale - - 1180331

Ramblers Retreat, Dimmingsdale

Dimmingsdale - - 129338


Dimmingsdale in Autumn - - 129355

Dimmingsdale in Autumn

Oldfurnace - - 230717


Country Lane - - 129366

Country Lane

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

River Churnet - - 1326170

River Churnet


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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