The pretty Staffordshire village of Oakamoor makes a great base for exploring the beautiful Churnet Valley.
This circular walk makes use of the Staffordshire Moorlands Way and the Staffordshire Way to explore the wooded valleys surrounding the village. You'll first visit the lovely Dimmingsdale where there's a waymarked trail to follow along a series of streams and pools. The route then heads to the National Trust's Hawksmoor Wood Nature Reserve. The ancient woodland is located just to the west of the village and is a great place for wild flowers and wildlife spotting.
On the walk you'll enjoy nice views of the River Churnet and miles of peaceful woodland trails. The area looks particularly stunning in the autumn months.
To explore the Churnet Valley further head north to Froghall on the Staffordshire Way and you can pick up the towpath of the Caldon Canal. You could also visit the nearby village of Alton, home to the famous Alton Towers and the interesting Alton Castle.
PostcodeST10 3AB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Oakamoor Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Oakamoor Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Oakamoor OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Oakamoor Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head to the Cricketers Arms for some refreshment after your walk. The pub is in a delightful riverside spot with views of the weir and waterfall from the lovely garden area. You can find them near the village church at a postcode of ST10 3AB for your sat navs.
The woodland and river trails on the route are ideal for a dog walk. The Cricketers mentioned above is also very dog friendly with water and treats available.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The village is also located close to the market town of Cheadle and the lovely Consall Nature Park where there's ponds, streams, easy woodland trails and fine views over the valley from the high points .
For more walking ideas in the area see the Staffordshire Walks page.