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Walking Near Alton Towers

Staffordshire Walks Made Easy

We’ve walked all these easy to reach routes ourselves. Serveral can be walked right from our front door. You can review the trail maps as well as our trail reviews and see photos of the area.

The beauty of Staffordshire doesn’t need to be hard to find. Our goal is simple – provide our guests with a collection of hand-curated trail guides, so you can explore the outdoors with confidence.

Know the details before you go

Fully Detailed Maps

 

By using the ViewRanger app you can explore some great walks in and around Staffordshire with the confidence that you won’t get lost, or miss any highlights. Alternatively, if you like doing things the traditional way, just print out the maps and take them with you.

Some popular walks are covered, as well as those known only  to the locals. In fact you may not see another person at all!

Dimmingsdale

 

Distance 2.5 Miles

Parking   The Ramblers Retreat

chart area   Easy

Surface   Can be muddy

Family Friendly   Family friendly

Toilets   Toilets at The Ramblers Retreat

Refreshments   The Ramblers Retreat. (Closed Mondays)

Foxt

 

Distance  3 Miles

Parking   Next to the canal or by Hetty’s Tea Shop

chart area   Medium

Surface   Can be muddy

Family Friendly   Family friendly

Toilets   Toilets opposite Hetty’s Tea Shop

Refreshments   Hetty’s Tea Shop

Cotton Dell

 

Distance  3 Miles

Parking   The Laurels B&B

chart area   Moderate

Surface   Can be muddy

Family Friendly   Family friendly

Toilets   Toilets at The Star at Cotton Pub

Refreshments   The Star at Cotton

The Laurels to Wiston

 

Distance  4.5 Miles

Parking   The Laurels B&B

chart area   Moderate

Surface   Can be muddy

Family Friendly   Family friendly (older children)

Toilets   Toilets at The Cricketers Pub (weekends only)

Refreshments   The Star at Cotton (requires a detour)

The Chained Oak

 

Distance  3.6 Miles

Parking   The Laurels B&B

chart area   Moderate

Surface   Can be muddy

Family Friendly   Family friendly

Toilets   Toilets at The Ramblers Retreat

Refreshments   The Ramblers Retreat

Churnet Valley to Dimmingsdale

 

Distance  4.5 Miles

Parking   The Laurels B&B

chart area   Moderate

Surface   Can be muddy

Family Friendly   Family friendly (older children)

Toilets   Toilets at The Ramblers Retreat

Refreshments   The Ramblers Retreat (Closed Mondays)

Alton to Denstone

 

Distance  5.5 Miles

Parking   The old gatehouse next to the bridge over the river

chart area   Moderate

Surface   Can be muddy

Family Friendly   Family friendly (older children)

Toilets   Toilets at The Alton Bridge Pub

Refreshments   The Alton Bridge Pub

Dovedale to Milldale

 

Distance  6 Miles

Parking   Dovedale Carpark (pay & display)

chart area   Easy (1 steep ascent)

Surface   Smooth

Family Friendly   Family friendly (older children)

Toilets   Toilets at the start and Milldale

Refreshments   The carpark and Milldale (cash only)

Froghall and the Caldon Canal

 

Distance  7 Miles

Parking   Carpark opposite Hetty’s Teashop

chart area   Moderate (Steep in places)

Surface   Can be muddy

Family Friendly   Family friendly (older children)

Toilets   Toilets opposite Hetty’s Teashop

Refreshments   Hetty’s or The Black Lion Pub

The Roaches & Lud's Church

 

Distance  8 Miles

Parking   Roach Road

chart area   Moderate (several long ascents)

Surface   Muddy in Lud’s Church

Toilets   Toilets at the Roaches Tea Room

Refreshments   Roaches Tea Room or Gradbach Mill via detour

Ilam, Wetton & Dovedale

 

Distance  9 Miles

Parking   Ilam Park (NT)

chart area   Moderate (Steep in places)

Surface   Generally good

Toilets   Ilam Park or Dovedale

Refreshments   Ilam Park or Dovedale

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