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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

  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

  Medium

Surface  Can be muddy

Family Friendly  Family friendly

Toilets  Toilets opposite Hetty’s Tea Shop

Refreshments  Hetty’s Tea Shop. (Closed Mondays)

Cotton Dell

 

Distance 3 Miles

Parking  The Laurels B&B

  Moderate

Surface  Can be muddy

Family Friendly  Family friendly

Toilets  Toilets at The Star at Cotton Pub

Refreshments  The Star at Cotton

Churnet Valley to Dimmingsdale

 

Distance 4.5 Miles

Parking  The Laurels B&B

  Moderate

Surface  Can be muddy

Family Friendly  Family friendly (older children)

Toilets  Toilets at The Ramblers Retreat

Refreshments  The Ramblers Retreat (Closed Mondays)

The Laurels to Wiston

 

Distance 4.5 Miles

Parking  The Laurels B&B

  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)

Alton to Denstone

 

Distance 5.5 Miles

Parking  The old gatehouse next to the bridge over the river

  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)

  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

  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

  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)

  Moderate (Steep in places)

Surface  Generally good

Toilets  Ilam Park or Dovedale

Refreshments  Ilam Park or Dovedale

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