Bignall EndNewcastle-under-Lyme

Bignew three
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By Mary Oz on 29 Jan 2023


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8km/5mi

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Description

This is the route described by TimHardie for BigNew Two, but with the gpx file corrected to match the description, plus a few other tweaks

This is the route described by TimHardie for BigNew Two, but with the gpx file corrected to match the description, plus a few other tweaks

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Route status - Live

Reviews - 3

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (3)

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Surveys

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Description Note
Grade 3: Route includes rough surfaces that may include small boulders, potholes, shallow ruts, loose gravel, short muddy sections.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
Grading is based on average scores by surveyors. This slow way has 1 surveys.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
Present at time of survey Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Maybe present Vegan restaurant (1)
Maybe present Accommodation (1)
Maybe present Accommodation < £50 (1)
Not present at time of survey Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Not present at time of survey Free wifi (1)
Not present at time of survey Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Not present at time of survey Train station (1)
Maybe present Bench (1)
Maybe present Picnic table (1)
Not present at time of survey Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (1)
Maybe present Wading (1)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (1)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (1)
Maybe present Very slippery (1)
Present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Maybe present Very icy (1)
Maybe present Likely to flood (1)
Not present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Not present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Not present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Maybe present Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Not present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Maybe present Gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Maybe present Locked gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Not present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Maybe present River crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Not present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Not present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remote area (1)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Not present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Not present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Not present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Maybe present Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

The narrowest part of the path is 23.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient East: no data

The steepest uphill gradient West: no data

The steepest camber: no data

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Unclear in places (1)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Recommended by an expert

We asked route surveyors "Are you a trained access professional, officer or expert? If so, is this route suitable for someone travelling with any of the following?" Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Terrain

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There is no data on how much of this route is on roads

There is no data on how much of this route is lit at night

Thereis no data on amount of route paved

There is no data on muddiness

There is no data on rough ground

There is no data on long grass

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3X January 2023 by Mary Oz
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Geography information system (GIS) data

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Maximum elevation

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Start and end points

Bignall End
Grid Ref SJ8105450888
Lat / Lon 53.05492° / -2.28411°
Easting / Northing 381,054E / 350,888N
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Newcastle-under-Lyme
Grid Ref SJ8502945885
Lat / Lon 53.01008° / -2.22457°
Easting / Northing 385,029E / 345,885N
What3Words expose.grows.landed

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reviews


Ken

30 Dec 2023 Winter

Some excellent easy walking, no cattle, plenty of woodland and a cafe half way. Always a weak link so the Bignall End start was poor and after lots of rain it will be soft in places.

I set off from Bignall End anticipating a quick entry into green spaces. I was disappointed because the fenced path was badly overgrown with mostly brambles, good job it was winter and I had long trousers. Watching where my feet were I failed to look overhead and lost my hat on a couple of occasions. Shame because, read on the route does get very much better.

Eventually into real countryside and on the Two Saints Way, while it was muddy after endless rain, the track improved along a long gone rail route. This was easy walking and a bench offered a rest if required. This is old mining country and there is a hint of the past life but trees have taken over making a pleasant woodland trail.

Thorpe Precast occupies the site of Apedale Colliery, here they make building panels that look like bricks. Crossing the road we enter Apedale Country Park and here I came to an abrupt stop. The track was flooded, cycles were able to pass through with care but no way would I get across without getting very wet. A public footpath is on the map alongside the narrow gauge railway which I managed to locate and keep my feet dry.

The visitor centre by the car park stands on the site of Apedale Iron Works and has much to offer. Inside you will find a loo and cafe, plus if you have time a museum. Pictures on the walls include a mosaic of Apedale Hall demolished in 1934.

Our route now follows the access road with a designated pedestrian strip to one side. At the bend we return to countryside, of sorts, but the map marks many fords so it’s not surprising that the stone surfaced path was a bit wet. It’s all marked on the map as a cycle track and old maps show it as a railway. I meet only those on foot as the route approached the edge of Newcastle along the edge of a wide open green corridor.

A modified bridge allows safe passage under a main road. Turning into suburban streets past a former hotel now apartments the route offers a light controlled crossing of the ring road. There is a short cut by the Library with a sign asking cyclists to dismount, so it must be public. This leads to shopping streets which we follow to the bus station. A most acceptable approach into the town.


David Sanderson

29 Jan 2023 Winter

A pleasant, mainly offroad walk. Safe and direct. Good use of existing paths including a section of the Two Saints Way. Some stiles. Museum and cafe at Apedale. Rather damp in parts. It was overcast with mizzle on the day we walked it, but I'm aware that on a clear day that some of the sections afford great views. Links well to the limited public transport en route. Shops and bus station at Newcastle end.


Mary Oz

29 Jan 2023 Winter

From Bignall End we followed an enclosed track alongside a field. It had a lot of brambles in it but was quite manageable in the winter. It was well trodden and looked as if it might be pruned back regularly. Then a path led through the woods, and along a track with tight cycle barriers at either end. Further cycle tracks (with one large puddle) took us past Apedale Valley Light Railway, which looked interesting, and through Apedale Country Park.
We continued along more cycle track under the A34 and into the centre of Newcastle. A good route, nearly all off-road, fairly direct and easy to follow.


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