Ellastone - Rocester - Roston - Ellastone

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Ellastone - Rocester - Marston Montgomery - Roston - Ellastone

Whilst most of this route is fairly easy walking, some paths can take a little finding or may be overgrown. As a general rule of thumb, assume all waymark arrows are pointing in the wrong direction and trust in your map-reading. All stiles were present when last walked, though I did encounter a chained and locked gate at Waymark 48.

Part of this walk follows the newer section of the Limestone Way which now runs to Uttoxeter rather than finishing at Matlock Station as before; this section is not as well-walked or maintained as the more northern sections.

The route passes through Rocester, which is shown on the map as a Roman fort and settlement, also with the remains of an abbey. There seems little physical evidence of this in the town now on passing through; perhaps it required more investigation. The town is now dominated by the world headquarters of the JCB diggers company.

The pub used on this is the Crown Inn in Marston Montgomery; this is a brasserie and hotel. They are walker-friendly, but extend them the usual courtesy of covering or removing muddy boots. They offer a good-value menu with an interesting choice of sandwiches. There is a choice of a couple of hand-pulled beers on offer.

England - Central England - Staffordshire - Countryside


Birds, Church, Pub, River, Wildlife, Woodland
9/17/2011 - Walkingworld Administrator

Our thanks to Paul John Bridgett for his update for this walk. September 2011. Adrian (Admin)

1/14/2011 - Sid Marks

Thoroughly enjoyed this walk. It's more like 12.5 miles tho than the stated 10. A few pointers to look out for: At waymark 3, after crossing stile, you turn left towards the bridge, not to the right. At waymark 9, it is best to walk to the right of garage as you end up walking past the front door of house if you go left. Also the stile in corner of field has been fenced off, which I reported. At waymark 16, the 2nd stile is to the left of far building. At waymark 20, there is no stile beside the gates, just a pedestrian barrier leading to the pathway. At waymark 45, the 2nd stile has rotted away At waymark 48, there is no need to pass through farm, there is a waymarked stile in the hedge to the left of farm. Recommended walk even at 12.5 miles.

9/10/2010 - Andrew Maidstone

Crown Inn now reopened July 2010

6/12/2008 - Andrew Maidstone

Now received notification from Derbyshire CC that lock has been removed from gate between points 48 & 49.

2/27/2008 - Andrew Maidstone

Andrew Maidstone: Walked 25 Jan 08 ok but not well marked and path blocked by farmer between pts 48 and 49.

8/23/2007 - Ken Hathaway

Two sections were unpassable & section 32 in particular meant a long detour.

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