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Staffordshire Walks
Walking Routes & Hiking Trails

Find Staffordshire walks from the list below which features the best walking routes in the area. Most of routes are circular walks although there are a few linear hikes. The walks are listed from the shortest and easiest to the longest more challenging routes. The walks are divided into sub areas so you can find specific walks.

The Staffordshire walks listed below cater for walkers of all abilities from easy low-level routes to harder routes involving more ascent. All walks are free to download and print and all routes have GPS files. The county has much to offer walkers from the Peak District National Park in the north, to Cannock Chase AONB and Kinver Edge further south. In between these well known areas pleasant walking can be enjoyed throughout most of the county.


White Peak - Manifold Valley & Dovedale Walks

Peak District National Park

Walking highlights - Dramatic Dovedale and its sister dales are typical of the White Peak with limestone outcrops a character of the landscape. The Manifold Valley, lying to the west of Dovedale, also has much to offer walkers including Thor's Cave perched high on the valley side. Between the Dove and Manifold valleys lies high ground, including Ecton Hill and the villages of Alstonefield and Wetton which provide a good base for Peak District walks in this area.

Where to stay - Hartington, Alstonefield, Wetton, Grindon and Ashbourne are all convenient for this area.

3131Thorpe Cloud and the Dove Valleyeasy1.60
2681Wetton & Manifold Valley from Wettoneasy/mod3.60
1475Bunster Hill and Dovedale from Ilameasy/mod4.50
2252Manifold Valley and Ecton Hilleasy/mod6.30
1181Wetton Hill & the Manifold Valleyeasy/mod6.50
2455Lum Edge & Revidge Moor easy/mod6.50
1709Milldale and Wolfscote Daleeasy/mod6.50
2537Ecton Hill & Wetton from Wetton Millmoderate7.00
3527Dovedale and Manifold Valley from Ilammoderate7.50
1257Wolfscote Daleeasy/mod7.50
1653The Manifold Valley from Wetton easy/mod7.80
2263Grindon & the Manifold Way from Waterhousesmoderate8.00
3455Manifold Valley & Dovedale om Ilammoderate9.50
3597Manifold Valley, Thor's Cave, Ecton & Wetton Hills from Alstonefield moderate10.00
3601Dove & Manifold Valleysmoderate10.00

White Peak - Upper Dove Valley & Chrome Hill Walks

Peak District National Park

Walking highlights - Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill (the Dragon's Back) are the main attractions in this area. As you head up towards the source of the River Dove the scenery gets wilder and more dramatic.

Where to stay - Hartington and Longnor are convenient for this area.

1185Chrome Hill (Dragon's Back) from Hollinsclougheasy/mod4.50
3445The Dragon's Back (Chrome Hill) from Hollinscloughmoderate4.50
1862Earl Sterndale and High Wheeldon from Longnoreasy/mod6.00
2837Parkhouse & Chrome Hills from Longnoreasy/mod6.70
2531Upper Dove Valleymoderate7.50
2545High Edge & Chrome Hill from Hollinscloughmoderate8.50
2723Pilsbury Castle, Hartington & Sheen from Longnor easy/mod9.60

Western Moors - Three Shires Head & the Roaches Walks

Peak District National Park

Walking highlights - The Roaches offer great views with little effort, Three Shires Head where the counties of Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire meet at a picturesque packhorse bridge and lonely Axe Edge Moor, which is the highest point in Staffordshire.

Where to stay - Leek, Buxton, Gradbach and Danebridge are convenient for this area.

1596Lud's Church and Roach End from Gradbach easy/mod4.50
1707The Roaches short circulareasy/mod5.00
1598Lud's Church, Back Forest & Clough Headeasy/mod6.80
3030Roaches & Lud's Churcheasy/mod7.00
3323Gradbach, Three Shires Head & Knotburyeasy/mod7.10
1178Roaches and Lud's Churchmoderate7.25
2577Hawk's Nest, Goldstitch Moss & Lud's Churchmoderate8.00
3197Flash, Knotbury & Three Shires Head easy/mod8.20
1288Roaches & Hen Cloud from Tittesworth Reservoirmoderate8.50

Cannock Chase Walks

Cannock Chase AONB is an area of heathland and forestry plantations lying close to Stafford and Cannock. The parkland of the Shugborough Estate lies close by and adds variety to walking in this area.

1753Abraham's Valley & Haywood Warren from Seven Springseasy3.00
1324Glacial Boulder & Sherbrookeasy3.50
1801Three Memorials of Cannock Chaseeasy3.50
1843Haywood Slade & Sherbrook from Seven Springseasy4.00
1370Sherbrook Valley from Punch Bowl, Milfordeasy4.00
1348Sherbrook Valley & Katyn Memorialeasy4.00
1802Shugborough Park from Milfordeasy4.50
1413Sherbrook, Stepping Stones & Freda's Memorialeasy6.00
2111Milford, Seven Springs, Little Haywood & Shugborougheasy6.00
2911Seven Springs, Little Haywood, Shugborough & Milfordeasy6.50
1189Cannock Chase Circulareasy6.50
2023Cannock Chase War Trailmoderate7.50
1731Highlights of Cannock Chase from Marquis Driveeasy/mod10.00

South Staffordshire Walks

South Staffordshire is dominated by a sandstone ridge lying to the southwest of Kinver. Kinver Edge as it is known locally provides excellent walking although the proliferation of footpaths can be confusing at times. Close by is Highgate Common which lies in rural countryside north of Kinver.

3241Kinver Edge & Holy Austin Rockeasy2.60
2874Enville Estate and the Sheepwalkseasy4.00
2834Kinver Edge circular easy4.20
3003Kinver Edge & Blakeshall from Holy Austin Rockeasy4.25
2024Kinver Edge, South Staffordshireeasy/mod6.00
1934Highgate Common and Surrounding Countryeasy6.00

Mid Staffordshire Walks

Mid Staffordshire is dominated by relatively flat farmland. The area, centered on the County town of Stafford, provides a number of easy walks some using canal towpaths on the Grand Union Canal and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal.

2099Stafford - a town centre strolleasy1.50
1327The Fauld Crater from Hanburyeasy1.70
2917Downs Banks near Barlastoneasy2.50
1375Blithfield Estate Circulareasy2.50
1711Draycott in the Clay circular from Hanburyeasy3.00
2199Brocton & Walton-on-the-Hill Circulareasy3.50
3591Derrington circular from Stafford Castleeasy3.60
1941Outwoods & Beffcoteeasy4.10
2842Sandon Park from Salteasy4.60
1837Norbury Junction Circulareasy4.60
2353Aqualate Mere & Suttoneasy5.20
3405Abbots Bromley Circulareasy6.00
2500Chillington Hall & Shropshire Union Canal from Brewoodeasy6.00
1394Bednall & Acton Trussell from near Staffordeasy6.50
3531Cop Mere and the Offleys easy7.00
2443Tixall from St Thomas Priory near Staffordeasy7.00
2499Aqualate Mere & Fortoneasy/mod8.00
2269Norbury Junction, Gnosall & Aqualate Mereeasy/mod8.10

North Staffordshire Walks

Much of North Staffordshire lies within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park and these walks are listed under a separate sub-heading. Outside the National Park boundaries lie two interesting areas to explore. These are the Churnet Valley, nicknamed Little Swizerland by Victorian tourists, with the Caldon Canal and The Cloud, a prominent hill near Mow Cop offering grand views across the Cheshire Plain and parts of the Peak District National Park.

1752Churnet Valleyeasy2.60
3562The Weaver Hills from Woottoneasy3.20
1284Churnet Valley - Kingsley to Cheddletoneasy5.00
2310The Cloud from Rushton Spencer (short route)easy/mod5.00
2519The Cloud from Rushton Spencereasy/mod9.00
2604Dane Valley & Wincle from Rushton Spencermoderate9.50

Walks that start in adjacent counties / areas.

Walks that start in adjacent counties or areas but cross the boundary and include sections of the route within Staffordshire.

WalkDescriptionStarts In
1699Mow Cop CircularCheshire
1183Shining Tor & Axe Edge MoorCheshire
1728Axe Edge Moor & Three Shires HeadCheshire
2233Flash & Three Shires Head Cheshire
1652Three Shires Head Cheshire
1021Milldale & Hall DaleDerbyshire
2079Beresford & Wolfescote Dales from HartingtonDerbyshire
2301Biggin & Parsley Hay from HartingtonDerbyshire
1195High-level DovedaleDerbyshire
1042Pilsbury CastleDerbyshire
2272Flash Circular from Cistern CloughDerbyshire

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Staffordshire Guide

The County of Staffordshire is located within the Midlands. The northern part of the county includes part of the Peak District National Park featuring both Gritstone moorland of the Dark Peak and limestone dales of the White Peak. To the south the heathlands of Cannock Chase form part of a National Landscape (formerly AONB). Elsewhere the county is predominantly rural with pleasant countryside and easy walking.

Other walks in Britain - For a list of all the areas where walks are available go to the Main Walk Index.

Walk grading - Learn how each walk is assessed and select a walk to suit your ability and experience by going to Walk Grading Details.

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