PenkridgeRugeley

Penrug four
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By David Sanderson on 02 Apr 2023


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Description

Slow Way from Penkridge mainy using Staffordshire Way as far as Cannock Chase. Stops at Springslade Tea Rooms and CC Visitor Centre. Via Slitting Mill into Rugeley

Slow Way from Penkridge mainy using Staffordshire Way as far as Cannock Chase. Stops at Springslade Tea Rooms and CC Visitor Centre. Via Slitting Mill into Rugeley

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Reviews - 5

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Is this route good enough? -  Yes (5)

There are currently no problems reported with this route.

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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.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
Maybe present Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Maybe present Vegan restaurant (1)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation (1)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation < £50 (1)
Present at time of survey Campsite (1)
Maybe present Bothy (1)
Not present at time of survey Free wifi (1)
Not present at time of survey Public phone (1)
Maybe present Mobile phone coverage (1)
Not present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
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)
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)
Present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Maybe present Crops encroaching on path (1)
Maybe present Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Not 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)
Present at time of survey 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)
Not 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)
Present at time of survey Fords (1)
Present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey 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 35.0cm (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

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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

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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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1 surveys

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3X April 2023 by Mary Oz
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Penkridge
Grid Ref SJ9224514196
Lat / Lon 52.72537° / -2.11626°
Easting / Northing 392,245E / 314,196N
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Rugeley
Grid Ref SK0442917971
Lat / Lon 52.75935° / -1.93580°
Easting / Northing 404,429E / 317,971N
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reviews


Lynn Jackson

13 Apr 2023 Spring

From The centre of Rugeley this was a good varied route with field, woodland, towpaths and moor paths to take you to Penkridge.

The only small issue (as others have mentioned) is the section running parallel to the Camp Road. it was very brambly and I’m not sure how clear the path will be in summer.

But apart from this, along with the multiple refreshment and toilet stops, this is a solid four star route.


Mary Oz

03 Apr 2023 Spring

The initial route out of Rugeley to Cannock chase was slightly confusing in places as it had been moved from the original OS marked route, but it was pretty obvious on the ground. One bit of the path at Hagley Park had a bit of a river overflowing it, but we managed to get across with dry feet.
Cannock Chase was lovely, with wide easy forest paths. It was quite busy, this being a Saturday, but we had no problems at the visitor centre nor with getting some lunch at Springslade Lodge.
Bednall Belt Plantation had wonderful views west to The Wrekin, Long Mynd, and even some of the Welsh hills. However, the paths were a bit multiple in places through the bracken and some brambles. It was fine at the start of April, but I’m not sure how it would be in summer and autumn. Then there was a nice path and quiet roads into the very pretty, sleepy village of Bednall.
The Staffordshire Way took us through some woodlands along a path made of planks – potentially a bit slippery, but welcome because of the boggy, but pretty flower-filled ground. It then crossed arable fields on good paths where we saw a herd of deer. The last section along the canal was straightforward and pleasant, although a bit muddy.
Overall a varied and enjoyable route.


David Sanderson

03 Apr 2023 Spring

A safe, enjoyable if not terrifically direct route. Mainly footpath and some towpath using The Heart of England Way and Staffordshire Way in sections. In order to incorporate a tea shop (where we stopped for an excellent lunch) the route deviates from the Heart of England Way, which it had been following. The paths between there where it meets up with the Staffordshire Way took some concentration to follow and might possibly be gated off at times. The section of the walk that took us from The Chase into Penkridge threw up some lovely sections of walking. Overall a good walk, but could be tweaked to be better.


J w ollid

02 Apr 2023 Spring

Walked from Rugeley to Penkridge as a group.This is a good reasonably direct route,using bridleways footpaths and a section of canal towpath(staffs and worcs canal) Some sections were muddy,but generally the route was good underfoot,However one small section of path running parallel to Camp road was difficult to follow and in the summer could present a problem (when the bracken brambles etc start to grow)Plenty of interesting places to look at on route and two refreshment stops if needed(Cannock chase)No obstructions or issues and fairly well served by public transport at either end of the route.


Hugh Hudson

02 Apr 2023 (edited 03 Apr 2023) Spring

Walked from Rugeley to Penkridge as a group (with Lynn, Mary, David, Ken and John). A very enjoyable walk. The only part that stopped me giving it the full five stars was the section along the edge of Cannock Chase north of Springslade Lodge where the paths are indistinct and rather overgrown. Most of the route is surfaced, but there are some slightly muddy sections.

From the meeting point at Rugeley we head west, using the pelican crossing to cross Elmore Lane and go past the pool in Elmore Park, crossing Western Springs Way on another pelican crossing to pick up the Heritage Way path/cycle track which follows Rising Brook. Note that where the right of way crosses the upper field diagonally the path on the ground stays near the brook, and splits just below Dutton's Pool.

We take the right fork which leads us past the pool up to the pub at Slitting Mill. We take the pavement left, then use the verge for a short distance to find a well used track right into the wood (the edge of the Cannock Chase access land). At the next junction we turn left along a good track that follows a twisting course (crossed by a number of BMX cycle tracks) to reach the first of the Stony Brook Pools.

Shortly beyond we come to a T junction where we turn right, following the wide track past more small lakes before tending left and uphill to reach the road (Marquis's Drive). Here we turn right (anyone needing the toilets or the cafe at the car park (or wanting to visit the military hut) should use the second path left).

We follow the road out to where it crosses Brindley Road, then go straight on along another well used track. This is forced right a couple of times by fire breaks but takes a fairly straight path onto the open higher part of the Chase, passing the Katyn memorial to reach Camp Road, which we cross and pass or stop at the Springslade Cafe. We follow the road down past the cafe then take a smaller track right uphill to a junction where we go sharp left to reach another forest road, where we go right a short distance to find a path left that goes through an open gate into an area of grassland, brambles and sparse trees. This area is crisscrossed by indistinct paths so it is easy to go slightly off course, but equally easy to find a way forward as long as the vegetation is not too high - the field edges will tell you if you are too far left.

Eventually we reach a clear path where we turn left along the Staffordshire Way. At the main road we cross and go right and left down Joyce's Lane, which leads to Bednall. In front of the church we turn left down School Lane, which we follow towards the farms before taking the signposted right turn, crossing a field, then going through a wood on double planked duck boards to reach Teddesley Park, a large open field.

The clear wide path goes further north than the right of way line, and skirts round the far right (north west) corner of the field, then crosses another field on a well marked line to reach the bridge over the Staffordshire & Worcestershire canal. The towpath is accessed through a gate just right/north of the bridge, and it leads easily under the M6 and into Penkridge. At Cannock Road we leave the canal on an obvious ramped path and turn right, then right again at Market Street to reach the meeting point on Clay Street.


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