Walking Routes in Staffordshire

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 Staffordshire Walks
Route NamePicDistanceDescription
Apedale Country Park2 miles (4 km)Explore 450 acres of country park in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. There are a number of well maintained footpaths taking you to open meadows, secluded woodland glades and silent pools. Look out for Skylark, lapwing, grey partridge, water vole and Great Crested Newt in Apedale's wetland and ancient woodland. The Newcastle Way walk also passes through the park so you could continue your walk.
Baggeridge Country Park2 miles (3.5 km)Enjoy 150 acres of woodland and countryside in this country park near Wolverhampton. The park has four walking trails of varying levels of distance and difficulty. You will visit a number of peaceful water pools and viewpoints with terrific views of the surrounding countryside. There is also a two-mile figure of 8 mountain bike trail suitable for families with older children and beginners. Other attractions include a sensory garden, miniature railway and tea room. The park is located in Sedgley, just a few miles south of Wolverhampton city centre.
Bathpool Park2 miles (3.4 km)Enjoy a pleasant cycle or walk around Bathpool Park in Kidsgrove, Staffordshire. Follow the tracks/paths around the main lake, the peaceful woodland and several ponds. The park also contains a mountain bike track and exercise points. Bathpool is located just south of Kidsgrove town centre.
Beacon Way16 miles (25 km)This is the section of the Beacon Way from Sandwell to Chasewater and takes in the nature reserves, canals and woodland around Walsall.
You start by the restored, Victorian Sandwell Park Farm in West Bromwich and head through Sandwell Country Park and past the lovely Sandwell Valley RSPB nature reserve. You continue past Rushall Junction and onto Barr Beacon where there are splendid views of the surrounding countryside. Pleasant waterside sections along the Rushall and Wyrley and Essington Canals lead you to the finish point at Chasewater with its beautiful lake, and heritage Chasewater Railway.
Biddulph Grange Country Park2 miles (3.5 km)These beautiful National Trust gardens take you on a global journey from Italy to the pyramids of Egypt, a Victorian vision of China and a re-creation of a Himalayan glen.
Branston Water Park2 miles (4 km)Enjoy woodland, wetland and meadow in this lovely park in Burton-Upon-Trent. The park is located a couple of miles from Burton-Upon-Trent town centre - you can follow the Trent and Mersey Canal to the park all the way.
Cannock Chase Country Park6 miles (10 km)This huge country park has 3000 acres of cycling and walking trails to explore. The route starts at the park cycle hire centre and takes you to Brindley Heath on woodland trails before returning to the start point. Cannock Chase is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a large variety of wildlife including 800 fallow deer. The park is located just a few miles from Stafford.
Cheshire Ring Canal Walk98 miles (158 km)This nice easy walk follows six historic canals through Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Staffordshire.
The canal towpaths you will follow include:
  • Trent and Mersey Canal - Kidsgrove to Preston Brook
  • Bridgewater Canal - Preston Brook to Castlefield
  • Rochdale Canal - Castlefield to Ducie Street
  • Ashton Canal - Ducie Street to Portland Basin
  • Peak Forest Canal - Portland Basin to Marple
  • Macclesfield Canal - Marple to Kidsgrove
The route passes through some lovely, peaceful countryside but also has some urban sections, making for a varied and interesting walk. The route is well waymarked with a blue and white disc.
The videos below show the sections along the Rochdale canal in Manchester and along the Peak Forest Canal at Marple.
Deep Hayes Country Park2 miles (3 km)Explore 143 acres of woods, meadows, canals and pools in this pretty country park in Cheddleton, Staffordshire. There are a number of waymarked walking trails and a visitor centre where you can find more details. The park is located next to the Caldon Canal so you could follow the towpath into nearby Cheddleton as an extension of the walk. The Staffordshire Way also runs just past the park so this is another option if you have time.
Greenway Bank Country Park2 miles (3.2 km)Enjoy a short waterside walk around Knypersley Reservoir in this country park near Biddulph. In the park you will find quiet woodland and the Serpentine Pool. There are also lawns and shrubberies, which are ablaze with colour from rhododendrons, azaleas and daffodils in the spring months. The park is located just south of Biddulph.
Gritstone Trail35 miles (56 km)This beautiful, challenging walk runs through the Peak District from Disley to Kidsgrove.
The walk begins at the train station at Disley and soon comes to the wonderful Lyme Park (video below) with its mansion house and Medieval deer park. You continue south passing Bollington before coming to Tegg’s Nose Country Park. The views are truly dramatic from this former quarry site.
The next section takes you on towards Rushton Bank before climbing 'The Cloud' - at 1,125 ft it's a challenging section but the views of Congleton, Macclesfield and Greater Manchester are magnificent.
The path continues to Mow Cop with its ruined castle, before you join the Macclesfield canal and then the Trent and Mersey Canal taking you to Kidsgrove.
Heart of England Way101 miles (163 km)Follow the Heart of England Way through the Midlands of England. The walk starts from Milford Common on Cannock Chase and heads through Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire before finisihing at Bourton on the Water in the Cotswolds.
Major towns and cities on the route include
  • Milford
  • Cannock Chase
  • Castle Ring
  • Lichfield
  • Drayton Bassett
  • Shustoke
  • Meriden
  • Berkswell
  • Balsall Common
  • Rowington
  • Henley-in-Arden
  • Alcester
  • Bidford-on-Avon
  • Upper Quinton
  • Mickleton
  • Chipping Campden
  • Longborough
  • Bourton-on-the-Water
Walk highlights include the delightful Cannock Chase Country Park at the start of the route, Kingsbury Water Park, the beautiful Arden Countryside and the Cotswolds AONB. The walk is well waymarked with a green and white disc.
Highgate Common3 miles (4.5 km)This walk follows the numerous trails on Highate Common - a designated country park and local nature reserve near Wolverhampton. Here you will find 320 acres of lowland heath covered with heather, broom and gorse. There are also areas of woodland, with silver birch, pendunculate oak and coniferous plantation. Also look out for a variety of wildlife including lizards, Slow Worms, Grass Snakes, Rabbits, Bush-crickets, moths, beetles, flies, and Dragonflies.
If you would like to continue your walk then the Staffordshire Way is a good option as it runs right through the park. The park is located a few miles south west of the city of Wolverhampton.
Ilam Park1 miles (2 km)Ilam Country Park is a delightful open space owned by the National Trust. It is situated on the River Manifold about five miles north west of Ashbourne in the Staffordshire and Derbyshire Peak District. Highlights in the park include Ilam Hall and gardens, Bunster Hill, Hinkley Wood, a Visitor Centre, tea-room and shop. The park is perfect for a short riverside stroll in one of the prettiest areas in England.
Kingsford Country Park4 miles (7 km)Explore 200 acres of woodland and heathland in this Worcestershire based park. Terrain in the park consists of hills and cliffs, with sandy paths crossing the area. The park has 4 waymarked trails of varying lenghts to explore. The route below also visits the National Trust owned Kinver Edge. This woodland sandstone ridge offers dramatic views across surrounding counties and miles of heathland walking.
Kingsford park is located about four miles west of Stourbridge, and four miles north of Kidderminster. There are three great options for continuing your walk through this lovely part of England. The Staffordshire Way, the North Worcestershire Path, and the Worcestershire Way all run past the park.
Limestone Way46 miles (74 km)Travel through the beautiful Peak District National Park on this walk through Derbyshire and into Staffordshire.
The walk starts at Castleton, passing through the scenic Cave Dale and past the remains of Peverill Castle. You continue south through the stunning Monk's Dale and Miller's Dale, where you cross the River Wye. The next stage takes you through Flagg, Monyash and Youlgreave, where you join the River Bradford for a pleasant waterside stretch before heading on to Brassington, Parwich and Tissington. Here you will find the splendid 17th century Tissington Hall and gardens which are well worth a visit.
From Tissington you continue through Thorpe, crossing the River Dove and then following it to the finish point at Rocester.
Manifold Way8 miles (13 km)Follow the River Manifold and the River Hamps along the Manifold Way on this splendid shared walking and cycling path through the Peak District.
Millenium Way41 miles (66 km)Travel across the width of Staffordshire and visit Stafford, Colwich, Rugeley, Yoxall and Barton Under Needwood on this splendid walk. Much of the walk follows the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal and the Trent & Mersey Canal making for a pleasant and fairly easy waterside walk.
Monarch's Way615 miles (990 km)This incredible 615-mile walk approximates the escape route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after being defeated in the Battle of Worcester.
The Monarch's Way starts at Worcester then travels north to Boscobel and then south to Stratford upon Avon. It then continues south through the Cotswolds to Stow on the Wold before turning south west towards Bristol via Cirencester. The route then heads south through the Mendip Hills to Wells and then on through Somerset towards Yeovil and then south west to Charmouth. You then follow the Dorset coast before turning north again to Yeovil, before heading east across the Downs to Brighton and then onto the finish point at Shoreham-by-Sea.
The walk also takes you through two World Heritage Sites, one National Park and six Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. For those interested in the history of the walk there is ample opportunity to learn and discover more with a series of museums and historical sites dotted throughout the route.
The walk is waymarked with a picture of the ship The Surprise, the Prince of Wales crown and the Royal Oak tree at Boscobel House.
The route has been split into two separate gpx files. The first includes the section from Worcester to Bridport via the Midlands and Somerset. The second runs from Sandford Orcas to the finish point at Shoreham-By-Sea.
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Newcastle Way25 miles (40 km)Starting at Mow Cop, follow the Newcastle Way through Staffordshire to Market Drayton. You will pass through rough Moorland scenery around Mow Cop, rich farming country near Madeley before heading along the sandstone ridges of Maer and Ashley and then across the wide open spaces of Blore Heath to Almington. There are some challenging climbs with views to the west of the Shropshire Hills and south as far as Cannock Chase.
Park Hall Country Park2 miles (4 km)Enjoy a cycle or walk in this large country park in Stoke-on-Trent.
Royal Shrovetide Football Challenge19 miles (31 km)This walk celebrates the Royal Shrovetide Football Match which occurs annually on Shrove Tuesday in the town of Ashbourne. The game is played on a 3 mile long pitch and takes place over two days.
The walk starts and ends in Ashbourne and follows waymarked tracks and country lanes through Kniveton, Tissington, Thorpe and Mapleton. The route includes a delightful waterside section along the River Dove from Thorpe to Church Mayfield.
Attractions on the route include the beautiful Jacobean Mansion at Tissington Hall. The mansion is set in lovely grounds and offers fabulous views of the Peak District.
Sabrina Way203 miles (327 km)This route is part of the National Bridleroute Network and primarily designed for horse riders but can be used by walkers and cyclists also. The trail starts at the deer park at Great Barrington and heads north to Hartington. The route passes through the Cotswolds, the Malvern Hills, the Wyre Forest and Cannock Chase Forest, before finishing in the Derbyshire Peak District. For cyclists a mountain bike or hybrid is advised.
The route is waymarked with a blue arrow.
Staffordshire Way95 miles (153 km)Travel through Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Worcestershire and enjoy canals, lakes, country parks and a series of pretty towns and villages.




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