GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Staffordshire Moorlands Walks

28 miles (45 km)

This walk starts in Leek and uses sections of the waymarked Staffordshire Moorlands Walks trail to visit some of the highlights of the area including Tittesworth Reservoir, Rudyard Lake, Ladderedge Country Park, Deep Hayes Country Park, the Churnet Valley, Consall Nature Park, Coombes Valley RSPB Nature Reserve and the Caldon Canal.
There's lots of long waterside sections, hill climbs, wildlife rich nature parks and lovely Staffordshire countryside to see on the walk. This route covers a large part of the northern section of the route but you can see more of the trail marked on the Ordnance Survey map below as it makes its way south towards Alton. At the northern end of the route you can take a small detour to climb to two of the highlights of the area at The Roaches and Hen Cloud. There's some wonderful rock formations and far reaching views in this area.

Staffordshire Moorlands Walks OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Staffordshire Moorlands Walks Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near The Staffordshire Moorlands

  • Rudyard Lake - Enjoy a cycle or walk around this large lake in the Staffordshire Moorlands near Leek
  • Leek - This town in the Staffordshire Peak District has lots of good options for walkers
  • Tittesworth Reservoir - Enjoy a circular walk around this lovely reservoir on the edge of the Peak District
  • Ladderedge Country Park - Explore 70 acres of wetland, meadows and woodlands on this short circular walk in Leek
  • Deep Hayes Country Park - Explore 143 acres of woods, meadows, canals and pools in this pretty country park in Cheddleton, Staffordshire
  • Churnet Valley - This walk takes you through Staffordshire's beautiful Churnet Valley from Froghall to Cheddleton
  • Caldon Canal - Follow the Caldon Canal through the beautiful River Churnet Valley on this easy walk in Staffordshire.
    The walk starts at the lovely Froghall Wharf where you will find a good sized car park
  • Blackshaw Moor - This scenic area of the Peak District is close to a number of walking highlights and includes an excellent local inn for post walk refreshment.
  • Weaver Hills - This circular walk explores the Weaver Hills area of the White Peak
  • Denstone - This route uses a section of the Churnet Valley Railway Path and the Staffordshire Way to create a circular walk around the Staffordshire based village
  • Alton - The Hampshire town of Alton is nicely positioned on the northern edge of the South Downs National Park
  • Consall Nature Park - This lovely nature park near Stoke-on-Trent has four waymarked walking trails to try
  • Dimmingsdale - Explore the Dimmingsdale Valley and Furnace Forest on this lovely wooded walk
  • Staffordshire Way - Travel through Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Worcestershire and enjoy canals, lakes, country parks and a series of pretty towns and villages
  • The Roaches - This circular walk is one of the most popular in the Peak District and a favourite for many
  • Hen Cloud - Enjoy a short climb to Hen Cloud on this walk in the Staffordshire Peak District
  • Biddulph Grange Country Park - This circular walk runs for a distance of about 2 miles on a series of well laid out footpaths in this lovely country park in Biddulph
  • Cheadle - This market town is located in the Staffordshire Moorlandsarea of the county
  • Coombes Valley - This circular walk explores the lovely Coombes Valley RSPB Nature reserve near Leek in Staffordshire.

Pubs/Cafes

On the route you'll pass close to the village of Blackshaw Moor and The Three Horseshoes. The high quality inn includes beautiful gardens, a patio, and stunning views over the Roaches and surrounding countryside. The pub was named by CAMRA in 2019 as having one of the top ten beer gardens in the UK. The interior is charming too with oak beams and open fires for colder days. You can find them on the Buxton Road at postcode ST13 8TW for your sat navs.

Photos

Tittesworth Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 1441819

Tittesworth Reservoir. This lovely large reservoir near Leek is one of the highlights of the trail.

Rudyard Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 1707033

Rudyard Reservoir

Footbridge in Ladderedge Country park - geograph.org.uk - 452278

Footbridge in Ladderedge Country park

Park Pool, Deep Hayes Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 1230132

This is the middle pool of the three main pools at Deep Hayes

River Churnet at Consallforge - geograph.org.uk - 582346

River Churnet at Consallforge

Hazelhurst Locks, Caldon Canal, Staffordshire - geograph.org.uk - 596389

Hazelhurst Locks, Caldon Canal, Staffordshire. The middle lock (No 11) is in the foreground. The bottom lock is in the distance. Between the two trees on the right is the embankment carrying the Leek branch of the canal.

Consall Nature Park - geograph.org.uk - 191897

Consall Nature Park

The Roaches. - geograph.org.uk - 63127

The Roaches.

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