StoneStafford

Stosta two
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By David Sanderson on 12 Feb 2022


Distance

16km/10mi

Ascent

113m

Descent

137m

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Description

Route follows Isabel Way through Stafford. Goes across country to Burston and then follows the Trent and Mersey Canal to the meeting point in Stone

Route follows Isabel Way through Stafford. Goes across country to Burston and then follows the Trent and Mersey Canal to the meeting point in Stone

Status

This route has been reviewed by 4 people.

This route has been flagged (1 times) for reasons relating to access.

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Verified route

Route status - Live

Reviews - 4

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (3) No (1)

Problems reported -  Access (1)

Downloads - 7

Surveys

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Description Note
Grade 4: Route includes very rough surfaces including deep ruts, steep loose gravel, unmade paths and deep muddy sections. Wheelchairs may experience traction/wheel spin issues.
Access grade U: Currently ungraded.
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.

Not present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
Not 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)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation (1)
Not present at time of survey 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)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Not present at time of survey 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)
Present at time of survey 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.

Present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
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)
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)
Maybe present 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)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
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)
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)
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)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Not 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 20.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 5.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 19.0% (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

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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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4X February 2024 by Mary Oz
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Geography information system (GIS) data

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Start and end points

Stone
Grid Ref SJ8970334520
Lat / Lon 52.90803° / -2.15455°
Easting / Northing 389,703E / 334,520N
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Stafford
Grid Ref SJ9187022930
Lat / Lon 52.80388° / -2.12203°
Easting / Northing 391,870E / 322,930N
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reviews


Mary Oz

02 Feb 2024 Winter

This was a potentially great route, which I walked most of, starting from Stafford. Sadly though, I couldn’t cross the River Trent at Burston (marked FB on the map) because the river had completely dislodged the metal footbridge. My pictures show how it was on 1st February 2024. Mike and Ken have both included pictures of this bridge as it was previously, and hopefully will be again. In addition, the wooden footbridge at grid ref SJ 93053 30003 (a tiny distance to the south) had lost a bit of its foundation, although it still felt stable enough for me to use.
I diverted along the Two Saints Way, and have uploaded my route as StoSta Three.
PLEASE, if you find out that the metal footbridge has been repaired and reinstated, post a comment to that effect against this review. I will then receive an email notification, and will edit my review from fail to pass. Thanks!.


Ken

29 Jul 2023 Summer

A good walk in three parts. From Stone a pleasant waterside walk along the popular canal towpath. Approaching Stafford it's a cycle path along a old rail route offering easy walking. Linking the two is a series of field paths, mostly pasture so some cattle possible. No facilities along the way so go prepared. An accurate plot so no navigation issues.

I walked from Stone, the path link to the canal is narrow, fenced and has a stepped bridge over the railway so a road route might be better and would offer shops to stock up for the service free route. Once on the towpath the surface starts good with a bit of heritage cobbles but the surface does eventually become a well walked field path. There were lots of boats, moored and moving to add interest and lots of folk, most offering a friendly greeting as we passed.

The field section was my favourite part. The paths were not well used but it was easy to follow with bridges and stiles present but needing care. One stile north of Woodhill Farm is not on the path as shown on OS, it's further south east. It was mostly silage grass awaiting harvest so it was fortunate it was dry, after cutting there could be cattle. The short sections of lane or road was quiet or had a pavement.

The cycle track has a bonded wide surface and again was busy with bikes and walkers, the surroundings were not special but there was adequate greenery to screen it. The route approaches the city centre raised above the Doxey Marshes and crosses the River Sow which we then follow on the edge of a park. The best entry into a town I used recently so all in all a great Slow Way.


Mtormey

23 Sep 2022 Autumn

I walked this route from Stafford to Stone.

After a very short stretch of road walking, there's a long bit along a former railway line. It was surprisingly varied, with plenty to see and enjoy along the way.

Crossing Beaconside is a bit dicey, but I didn't have to wait long for a break in traffic. Then comes a long stretch through fields. It was pretty typical field walking - some slight differences in where gates and paths were in real life from where they were mapped, etc. But it was all safe and reasonably navigable.

The final stretch, along the Trent and Mersey Canal, is totally lovely and pleasant.

Overall, a great route.


David Sanderson

13 Feb 2022 Winter

Starting by following the River Sow through Victoria Park, it's really great start. You leave and have to cross a couple of roads to get to the Isabel Trail (an old railway). This is one of only two major road crossings throughout the entire walk. The Isabel Way itself is a really pleasant offroad way to cross Stafford. At the end, a set of wooden steps take you up to street level, where a pedestrian lane and bike lane, run parallel to the A513. You have to cross the A513 (the last major crossing of the walk) which can be done fairly easily but does need care. There's a short bit of pavement along the B5066 but then you join a series of tracks, footpaths and lanes to take you across country. You are aware of a gentle climb, as look around you become aware of some fantastic views, even as far as the Wrekin! The descent into the Trent Valley is across a number of quiet fields and is easy to follow. As you get nearer the River Trent, the fields become wetter and as I got closer to Burston I encountered a herd of cows who seemed incredibly keen to get close to me. To my relief, I got to the other side of the stile with no incident, but this was a slight blemish on the walk. I've walked various routes between Stafford and Stone and avoiding cows is down to luck rather than planning. Having crossed the Trent via a footbridge at Burston, you join the Trent and Mersey Canal which you follow all the way to Stone. If you need refreshment you can make a detour to the Greyhound Pub in Burston, which is not far. Stone seems to be making an effort to prettify its stretch of the canal with artwork. There is a M&S supermarket by the canal and a pub as you get into Stone although if you wanted you could divert to the town centre easily for other options. The route leaving the canal takes you across the railway by footbridge, to the meeting place outside the station. Overall this was a really enjoyable Slow Way and even despite the cows I'll give it 5 stars!.

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    David Sanderson

    13 Feb 2022

    Sorry about the lack of focus on the early photos... it was quite dark when I took them.

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