StaffordHixon

Stahix two
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By a Slow Ways Volunteer on 07 Apr 2021


Distance

13km/8mi

Ascent

76m

Descent

50m

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Description

This is a Slow Ways route connecting Stafford and Hixon.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Stafford and Hixon.

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Route status - Live

Reviews - 3

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (3)

There are currently no problems reported with this route.

Downloads - 7

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.
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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)
Present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Present at time of survey 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)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Maybe present 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)
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)
Not present at time of survey 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)
Maybe present 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)
Not present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (0)
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)
Not present at time of survey 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)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Not 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)
Not 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)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
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)
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 90.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 10.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 10.0% (1)

The steepest camber gradient across the path 5.0% (1)

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

We asked route surveyors to estimate how much of the route goes through different kinds of terrain.

3.0% of the route is on roads (1)

3.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

3.0% of the route is paved (1)

60.0% of the route is muddy (1)

5.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

3.0% of the route is through long grass (1)

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3X November 2022 by Simonalcock
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Geography information system (GIS) data

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Start and end points

Stafford
Grid Ref SJ9187022930
Lat / Lon 52.80388° / -2.12203°
Easting / Northing 391,870E / 322,930N
What3Words looked.dose.motel
Hixon
Grid Ref SK0044426027
Lat / Lon 52.83178° / -1.99485°
Easting / Northing 400,444E / 326,027N
What3Words duck.juggled.muscular

Stahix Two's land is

Arable 9.7%
Pasture 59.6%
Urban 30.7%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

reviews


Ken

29 Oct 2023 Autumn

Generally a good route, but the route and plotting in Stafford could be improved and this is not a route to take in flood conditions. Lots of easy to navigate canal towpath walking but steps over the railway and one stile. Could be cattle along the Sow. Farm shop and cafe at Great Haywood.

I walked from Stafford and found, as is often the case, directions in towns need precision. With options of paths either side of the Sow and the plot along the river I took the wrong one. The crossing point back to the correct side is again poorly plotted. Finally on the north bank all became clear. The path surface is good but very close to the water level and just a week after severe floods there was evidence that this route would have been impossible.

At a road called Fairway the cycle track turns right and our path changes sides. For some reason I failed to spot the sign and steps that are obvious now I look at Street View. However it was a good thing that I took a track and climbed a locked gate to regain the flooded footpath, should I keep going? I don’t like giving up and I got through and even kept feet dry, I offer pictures of flooded times when this route is not suitable. The cycle track looks a possible alternative joining the relatively dry canal towpath at a different point.

Once on the towpath, although muddy it was much easier going and at a turnover bridge where the towpath changes sides a new excellent surface has been laid. This made walking easy allowing better opportunity to take in the views. I didn’t investigate off route services at Milford but even Open Street Map appears unsure about access.

With an aqueduct over the Sow, Tixall Lock another aqueduct over the Trent then Great Hayward junction there is plenty of interest plus the farm shop and cafe, six miles completed so not half way on our walk but better than nothing.

Heading north now on the Trent and Mersey canal the towpath is back to unsurfaced passing a huge marina and to confirm the time of year a field of pick your own pumpkins. More moored boats, mostly off side all the way. We pass Hoo Mill Lock before leaving the canal at Pasturefields, the sign tells us its an inland salt marsh. The sign also tells us “The towing path has been restored to a high standard”. That was in 1996, how quickly it reverts to mud.

A track leads to the busy but not impossible to cross road then a severed road allows a peaceful walk to a footbridge over the railway which provides a good view of either countryside to the north or industrial buildings south. I wonder why the small settlement of Hixon has so many commercial buildings? From the bridge the road was quiet on a Saturday but working days are likely to be busy. The steady climb into the village has a pavement and without looking at the plot I anticipated the church would be the meeting place.

No I had to continue to ‘The Bank House’ inn adjacent to the Village Hall and a bus stop. If shops are required avoid the village footpaths stay on the road to pass the chip shop, post office and convenience store all missed on the plotted route.


David Sanderson

20 Jan 2023 (edited 23 Jan 2023) Winter

Easy to follow and safe. The unsurfaced towpaths that I followed for most of this walk varied between crispy and boggy due to the zero degree weather. Could it be more direct? Has stiles and steps. There was also a well marked temporary diversion of the link between the canal and the riverside. Overall an enjoyable walk. The route crosses the Sow unnecessarily at the Stafford end but that's minor. The route also goes around the Victoria Park where I would have expected to go across. The park was actually just closing so it proved to be the right route! Stops and shops in Stafford and Milford if you leave the route. Large canalside cafe at Great Haywood is on the route.


Simonalcock

07 Nov 2022 Autumn

Mostly flat walk using riverside and canalside paths, many sections will be underfoot after rain, optionlly at the start you can walk thriough Victoria park (entrance opposite the station) rather than following the road. Good options for cafes / pubs just off the route at Little Haywood and Great Haywood and also at both start and finish.


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