Oakamoor - Alton - Dimming Dale - Churnet Valley

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This walk is a joy to participate in. From the start near the very good cafe / restaurant of The Ramblers' Retreat, the path follows a scenic route through hilly, wooded countryside, walking at the side of a few connected lakes or ponds (photographic stuff!} on good paths.

A spot of walking along narrow, winding olde worlde lanes takes the traveller back to an atmosphere of the 1940s. Eventually the walk goes along the old Churnet Valley railway track, now a public footpath. This terminates at the old railway station near Alton Village. Crossing the bridge, we then continue either along the easily walked narrow lane on the right at the far side, or continue along steep footpaths back to The Ramblers' Retreat.

England - Central England - Staffordshire - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Pub, River, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
17/04/2013 - paul smith

Great walk. Really enjoyed everything about this walk with a lovely cafe at the end (ramblers retreat) excellent directions.

11/05/2012 - Walkingworld Admin

Our thanks to Ray Gillett for his updates and new photos for this walk. May 2012. Adrian (Admin)

16/04/2012 - Penny Pitty

Great walk for active dogs. Plenty of off lead opportunities.

29/10/2011 - Ann Lakin

Excellent walk, but again be warned not for the faint hearted after rain.

04/05/2010 - Stephen Kidby

Great walk. Lots of varied scenery and terrain. We completed it in about 2.5 hrs.

09/08/2009 - Andrew Maidstone

Walked 9/8/09. Really enjoyed it. Please note that the no92 bus Uttoxeter to Hanley (approx every half hour weekdays and every hour on Suns) stops at waymark 10 for those wishing to use public transport. If starting from Wm10 the Ramblers Retreat is then approx half way round.

30/12/2007 - Dave and Sam Asbury

Pleasant walk. Recommend sticks for descents on slippy descents during wet spells. Would also suggest at wp12 continuing up the road and around to SK 05398 44880 (Cricketer's Arms pub) where there is a weir/waterfall.

04/09/2004 - Stephen Booker

Lovely walk.

07/05/2004 - Barry Hands

Very interesting walk. Heron spotted & rare Lady Amherst Pheasant. Might be little muddy in wet weather. Good tea & scones at Rambler's Retreat.

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