Oakamoor - Whiston

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Starting from Oakamoor, the route crosses the bridge over the River Churnet (beautiful views over the parapet). The path then climbs steeply through lovely woodland. An unusual cottage is passed, which has a large rock as a wall at one end. Further on the route goes through the Whiston Golf Club grounds and past the clubhouse, where a welcome cuppa can be had at a reasonable price. Passing through Whiston Village there is a pub (opening times not known). Eventually the route drops into a deep ravine. On a dull / rainy day this can be spooky to traverse. Then we climb up onto an old railway track (now a public footpath). Following this for a while we then leave it, to continue along a quiet scenic lane, then a long bridleway, to more woodland walking (can be soggy underfoot here) to the steep lane back to Oakamoor.

England - Central England - Derbyshire - Peak District


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Nature Trail, Pub, River, Toilets, Wildlife
9/20/2020 - Pauline Inwood

We did most of this walk on 15/09/2020. Excellent views and countryside. Note on this date, the railway track at point 20 was closed due to subsidence. A diversion sends you further down into the steeply sided ravine. We did not do this and retraced our steps to the A52 as we were running short on time, rejoining the route at point 21. Alternatively, you could take the ‘stile to the immediate front’ the footpath beyond which is indicated on the map as going to the railway track at the point where in 20 it refers to a path crossing. We did not take this route. Other points to note were closed toilets due to Covid 19, at a little confusion at point 4, we didn’t take a left turn as this seemed to just go behind houses and eventually found a left turn up the hill for the steep climb. At point 11, the golf course has expanded as we got to it in 3 stiles. At point 12, the path to the road was there but not obvious and we easily found a gap to the golf course driveway. St 14, we missed the right turn off the road but found one just beyond the chapel which reconnected us. Apart from the closed railway path, this was an excellent route through very nice countryside, with good views and not at all busy.

3/23/2019 - Juliet Wright

Just to confirm the comment by Dave Rose: we made this 7.1 miles and 4 hours 10 minutes (a little extra to examine the church in Whiston). Went 20 March 2019 after even more wet weather and only the mud in the ravine section was a problem.

3/16/2019 - Dave Rose

Good walk. Great views. Did this walk on 15th March 2019 after some pretty wet weather, so was expecting some sticky stuff, it wasn't too bad. The pub in Whiston village is now a private house with attached dog training center. The route across the golf course was fairly straight, easy sighting of style to style. However, we measured the walk with a GPS and it came out at 7 mile not 5.5, it took 4 hours not 2 Hour 41 minutes. Given the steep terrain you would need to going at some speed to complete in the given time.

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