walks in Staffordshire

7 of our favourite countryside walks in Staffordshire

There's no better time to get out and enjoy the late summer sunshine. Here are our picks of the best countryside walks in Staffordshire

It’s a great time to get out and about and enjoy the late summer sunshine. And there are so many beautiful walks in Staffordshire.

So, with the temperature still pleasant and beautiful colours filling the trees, lace up your boots and get out into the great outdoors!

Here are seven of our favourite walks in Staffordshire.

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1. Shugborough

There are acres of parkland to discover within the grounds of Shugborough and National Trust staff have been hard at work surveying trees and clearing shrub to open up even more to the public.

Why not do the Monuments Stroll, a 0.7 mile trek around the formal gardens and across the Essex Bridge to take in such sights as the Chinese House, Doric Temple and the Cat’s Monument, while admiring the daffodils.

The walk is also good for pushchairs and wheelchairs so a great choice for people of all ages.

2. The Roaches

The gritstone cliffs and crags will fire the imagination, especially as the landscape is like something from a fairytale or historical romance.

This gem of a place boasts panoramic views, with its famous Hen Cloud and Winking Man rock formation, and is shrouded in folklore – The Blue Hyph is said to live in Doxey Pool. It’s certainly a place to go if you’re after some creative inspiration.

3. Ilam Country Park

This open space owned by the National Trust, lies in the Staffordshire and Derbyshire Peak District and is said to be one of the most beautiful areas in England – which means Spring will be most perfect time to visit.

As well as the stunning scenery, visitors can also stop off and enjoy Ilam Hall and gardens and enjoy some refreshments in the nearby tea-room and shop.

4. Kinver Edge

Kinver Edge offers beautiful views over the surrounding countryside and also includes the famous Rock Houses, which have been preserved by the National Trust.

With woodland to enjoy and the nearby village of Kinver on hand with its many restaurants and pubs it’s a lovely place to stroll in springtime.

5. Norbury Junction

Sitting on the Shropshire Union Canal, Norbury Junction offers a picturesque place to step out.

Lovely scenery and the canalside offer a relaxing ambience and there are pubs in the area to enjoy a well-earned drink.

6. Hanchurch Woods

These woods near Trentham offer visitors a chance to stroll among the bluebells in Spring.

There are three walking trails to try out, taking in higher points offering views across the county towards the Wreking in Shropshire, or the village of Hanchurch where there is a model farm, Hanchurch Manor and a 17th century farmhouse and medieval school house.

7. Burton-upon-Trent to Barton Marina

This walk follows a section of the Trent and Mersey Canal in the village of Barton under Needwood. Walkers will also pass Branston Water Park along the way where there are lakes and lots of wildlife to look for.

Ending at Barton Marina provides the perfect way to top off your trek.

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