GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Maer Hills Walk

6 miles (9 km)

This walk visits the Maer Hills near the village of Maer in Staffordshire. There's some good country and woodland trails with fine views from the high points to enjoy in this scenic location.
The walk starts in Maer where you can follow a track west past the pretty Maer Pool and the 17th century Maer Hall. Near here you can pick up the Newcastle Way waymarked trail at Maer Moss. Follow the trail north and it will take you into the Maer Hills where you can follow a series of woodland trails to Camp Wood and the 216 metre high Camp Hill at the northern end of the site.
Just to the west of the hills there's the lovely Dorothy Clive Garden to visit. The tranquil garden includes a network of paths taking you to a winter garden, an edible woodland, a woodland quarry with waterfall, an alpine scree and pool, rose walk and amazing seasonal borders. It's well worth a detour from the route if you have time. You can find them in Willoughbridge at postcode TF9 4EU for your sat navs.

Maer Hills OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Maer Hills Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Maer

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

You can extend the walk by heading north east to Newcastle Under Lyme.
The neighbouring village of Keele is just a few miles to the north east and well worth a visit. Here you can explore the lovely campus of Keele University which includes an arboretum, lakes and gardens. It's well laid out with several colour coded footpaths to try.
Just to the east of nearby Stoke there's some nice cycling and walking trails around Park Hall Country Park. The former quarry site is now notable as Stoke on Trent's only National Nature Reserve comprising woodland, heathland and ponds.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Staffordshire Walks page.

Photos

Maer Hall - geograph.org.uk - 207996

Maer Hall. The hall became the home ofJosiah Wedgwood IIthe son of the famous English potterJosiah Wedgwood. It was frequently visited by his nephewCharles Darwin, who went on to marry Josiah's daughterEmmaat St. Peter's Church in the village.

Maer Pool - geograph.org.uk - 787519

Maer Pool. The cricketers are out at the start of the season in the grounds of Maer Hall. The Pool is the source of the River Tern.

St Peter, Maer - geograph.org.uk - 769129

View north across fields to St Peter's parish church in the village. The church dates from 1612.It has a funeral monument toSir John and Lady Bowyer.

Maer Hills - geograph.org.uk - 447871

Maer Hills northern end.

Dorothy Clive Garden - geograph.org.uk - 329951

Dorothy Clive Garden

Outlook from Dorothy Clive Garden - geograph.org.uk - 1319571

Outlook from Dorothy Clive Garden

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GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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