GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Yoxall and Needwood Forest Walk

18 miles (29.2 km)

This Staffordshire bases village sits close to the town of Burton Upon Trent and the Rivers Trent and Swarbourn.
This long circular walk uses sections of the National Forest Way and The Way for the Millennium to explore the Needwood Forest area of the National Forest.
The walk starts in the village where you can pick up the National Forest Way, a waymarked long distance footpath. The route leads you north to Woodmill and Brakenhurst Wood where there's some pleasant woodland trails. You then head east through Newchurch to Byrkley Park where you will pass the St George's Park National Football Centre. The centre is the base for all coaching and development work undertaken by theFA (Football Association).
You continue east to Rangemore and Tatenhill before turning south east to visit Branston Water Park. The park has some pleasant footpaths taking you around a series of lakes with lots of wildlife to see.
The route then heads south along the Trent and Mersey Canal to Barton-under-Needwood where there's a pretty boating marina.
You continue south to the picturesque Alrewas and Fradley Junction where you could take a small detour from the route to visit the National Memorial Arboretum and Croxall Lakes.
From Alrewas you follow The Way for the Millennium north west along the River Swarbourn to return you to Wroxall.

Yoxall OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Yoxall Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the south east of Branston Water Park there's the Rosliston Forestry Centre to explore. The centre provides a wealth of information on the area and also has on site bike hire. The surrounding parkland is well worth exploring too with woodland trails, meadows, ponds, lots of butterfliesand some interesting sculptures to see.

Photos

Victoria Street, Yoxall - geograph.org.uk - 969866

Yoxall bridges over the Trent

River Swarbourn, Woodmill - geograph.org.uk - 1170620

River Swarbourn, Woodmill

St George's Park National Football Centre (1)

St George's Park National Football Centre

Yoxall Lodge Bluebell Woods - geograph.org.uk - 829389

Yoxall Lodge Bluebell Woods

Lake at Branston Water Park - geograph.org.uk - 1559440

Lake at Branston Water Park. Looking down the whole length of the lake from the small spit at the eastern end.

Entrance to Barton Marina, Staffordshire - geograph.org.uk - 1580534

Entrance to Barton Marina, Staffordshire. The name has changed from "Barton Turns Marina" to "Barton Marina and Waterfront". It now has its own restaurant and pub, "The Waterfront", shopping galleries, including a butcher and a baker who bakes on the premises!

The River Swarbourn, Alrewas - geograph.org.uk - 1595119

The River Swarbourn, Alrewas

Bridge over the River Swarbourn, Yoxall - geograph.org.uk - 1274495

Bridge over the River Swarbourn, Yoxall

GPS Files

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