Leek - Denford - Brown Edge - Rudyard - Leek

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Leek - Denford - Endon - Brown Edge - Horton - Rudyard - Leek

Starting from the Ladderedge Country Park on the outskirts of Leek, the walk follows the Staffordshire Way and the peaceful Caldon Canal for the first part. Then it is across undulating countryside to the sleepy village of Horton before dropping down to Rudyard and its graceful reservoir, where refreshments can be obtained from either a public house or lakeside cafe. From here it is a level walk back to the start, following the canal feeder watercourse. This is a genuine country walk with no difficulties to be overcome, just enjoyment of true English countryside.

England - Central England - Staffordshire - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Pub, River, Toilets, Wildlife
7/6/2019 - Ian McKay

As at 4/7/19 the footpath marker post at waypoint 23 (shown in the photo) has disappeared but it was still easy to recognise the spot. There’s a small wooden slat gate next to the metal one. We liked this walk and in particular the sections along the canal and through woodland. If I had an adverse comment it is really that there were too many road sections. Also, we’re older walkers and we didn’t route march but it took us far longer than the stated times - probably 7.5 hours with a 20 minute break. The final section along the canal feeder stream was pretty overgrown with nettles and brambles in places - ideally, I would have worn something slightly longer than shorts. Enjoyable though.

6/30/2018 - Julian Green

This is a great walk and easy to follow. I particularly loved the variety of canal tow path, fields, and the lake was beautiful in the sun. This walk is longer than advertised. More like 15 miles, though we had to take a detour. Descending from Horton and then taking the field... At the top of the field there was no obvious way through to the next field. So returned to the road and continued further up to the next foot path on the right, crossing fields to a farm very near to Rudyard. We had beautiful weather and all the paths and fields were dry. Wouldn't like to do this when it's wet.

3/30/2018 - Alan and Jackie Bennett

Walked 29/3/18. Some parts muddy but considering the amount of rain still passable. Made the field walking and the final stretch much more difficult than it would have been. Pretty easy to follow first time from the app rather than printing off. Stopped for refreshments at the hotel mentioned which was fab. Strava/ fitbit GPS made it nearer 25k not 21.5k. The final stretch was much longer ( very nice but muddy ). We had walked about 20k by the stop at the hotel.

12/6/2011 - Walkingworld Admin

Our thanks to Phil Eptlett for his reroute and updates for this walk. December 2011. Adrian (Admin)

11/24/2011 - Sid Marks

An enjoyable walk with nice scenery. Recommended walk

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