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Outwoods & Beffcote Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 4.1 miles / 6.7 km
Ascent - 250 feet / 76 metres
Grade - easy
Start - OS grid reference SJ791914
Lat 52.771783 + Long -2.3112274
Postcode TF10 9DF (approx. location only)
This Staffordshire walk explores a section of the Way for the Millennium which runs along the disused railway that once ran between Stafford and Wellington and then crosses pleasant rural countryside between the villages of Outwoods, Bromstead Common and Beffcote. The start is a small lay-by at grid ref. SJ791194, which lies to the south of the A518 Stafford to Newport Road at David's Pit Covert.
After parking walk south along the lane to reach a bridge over the old railway. Turn down the signed path on the right down onto the former railway track and walk west. Continue to the first bridge. Here bear left down the steps to a lane (grid ref. SJ785186). Bear left along the lane to reach a crossroads in the centre of Outwoods. Turn left and follow the lane uphill towards Outwoodsbank Farm. Near the top of the rise, the lane swings right and then left. Cross the stile on the right. The path heads roughly northeast and soon runs alongside a hedge (which is on your left) heading just the left of a small wood on Windmill Bank. Just before the small wood, cross the stile on the left and follow a waymarked path along a grassy path. Aim to the right of the house ahead and continue down the drive to reach a road (grid ref. SJ793186).
Bear left along the lane and continue around a sharp left-hand bend. Take the next stile on the right and walk half right across the field to a stile in the right-hand corner (SJ795186). Turn right and keep straight ahead following a waymark to reach the Gnosall Road (grid ref. SJ796185). Take the lane opposite into Bromstead. Keep ahead at the first junction ignoring the lane on the left to Moreton. At the next junction bear left passing a telephone box on the left. Shortly after take the next lane on the left and continue to the end of the lane (grid ref. SJ802182).
Cross the stile and head half left across a small paddock to a stile in the corner. Cross a large field heading to the left of a house in the distance. When this walk was undertaken the field had crops, so I followed the left-hand field boundary to reach a stile (grid ref. SJ804187). Entering another field make for the hedge ahead and follow this to a stile just to the right of the left-hand corner of this field (grid ref. SJ802189) and re-join the Gnosall Road.
Cross this road and follow a narrow lane between houses. Stay on the lane as it bends right and then go left at the next T-junction. Where the lane bears right after a short distance, stay ahead on a bridleway. Stay on the main track to reach a lane. Turn left along this lane and continue north. Just before the bridge, bear left and take the path up to the old railway. Turn left and after a kilometre of easy walking you reach an overbridge. Turn sharp right and climb up to the lane. The start of the walk is a short north along this lane.