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Penkridge

Staffordshire


Slow Ways linking Penkridge and Cannock, Codsall, Great Wyrley, Newport (Telford and Wrekin), Rugeley, Stafford, Wheaton Aston

England / Staffordshire / Penkridge

Penkridge’s seven Slow Ways are 61% checked

Drawn: 7/7
reviewed: 6/7
verified: 2/7
and surveyed: 2/7

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Slow Way Route To do
Codsall—Penkridge
Codpen one

Review me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 98m Descent 134m
Newport (Telford and Wrekin)—Penkridge
Newppen one Pioneer me Distance 24km/15mi Ascent 138m Descent 131m
Penkridge—Cannock
Pencan one

Double check Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 66m Descent 116m
Penkridge—Cannock
Pencan two Review me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent - Descent -
Penkridge—Cannock
Pencan three Review me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent - Descent -
Penkridge—Great Wyrley
Pengre one Pioneer me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 114m Descent 54m
Penkridge—Great Wyrley
Pengre two Pioneer me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 55m Descent 114m
Penkridge—Great Wyrley
Pengre three Review me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent - Descent -
Penkridge—Rugeley
Penrug one

Double check Distance 14km/9mi Ascent - Descent -
Penkridge—Rugeley
Penrug two

Double check Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 175m Descent 180m
Penkridge—Rugeley
Penrug three

Double check Distance 18km/11mi Ascent - Descent -
Penkridge—Rugeley
Penrug four Enjoy me Distance 19km/12mi Ascent - Descent -
Penkridge—Rugeley
Penrug five Review me Distance 19km/12mi Ascent - Descent -
Stafford—Penkridge
Stapen one Pioneer me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 103m Descent 97m
Stafford—Penkridge
Stapen two Pioneer me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 118m Descent 113m
Stafford—Penkridge
Stapen three Enjoy me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent - Descent -
Wheaton Aston—Penkridge
Whepen one Review me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 40m Descent 70m

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Collective progress

49% of Penkridge’s seven route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

17/17

drawn

12/17

reviewed

2/17

surveyed

2/17

verified

11 people have contributed to Penkridge’s Slow Ways

0 people have pledged to walk and review a route

2 people have surveyed a route in Penkridge

168km out of 244km have been walked and reviewed

333km of reviews have been shared in Penkridge

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David Sanderson took this photo on Codpen one

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The route follows the cycle path on the towpath, rather than the Staffordshire Way, which runs parallel on the other side of a fence. The route requires you rejoin the Staffordshire Way where there is no join....

David Sanderson

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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....

Lynn Jackson

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Paths on the ground do not always align with OS and some paths used are through access land so again no path on the map, follow the plotted route and all will be well. The path has a good surface all the way to meet the road south of Slitting Mill where our route makes a safe direct crossing into the access land of Cannock Chase onto another well surfaced signed track. From here our route has a short challenging section through the access land of Bednall Belt Plantation to the west of the road. You may choose Penrug-4 to avoid the stiles and field paths to enter Bednall by road....

Ken

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Mary Oz surveyed Penrug four

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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. Then there was a nice path and quiet roads into the very pretty, sleepy village of Bednall....

Mary Oz

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Penkridge—Rugeley

Ken added Penrug five, a new walk from Penkridge to Rugeley

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David Sanderson took this photo on Penrug three

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Bridge has been washed away at Slitting Mill. See Penrug 4 for walkable version...

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Penrug four

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Mainly footpath and some towpath using The Heart of England Way and Staffordshire Way in sections....

David Sanderson

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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....

J w ollid

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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). 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. 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....

Hugh Hudson

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Penkridge—Rugeley

David Sanderson added Penrug four, a new walk from Penkridge to Rugeley

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We were planning to walk this route yesterday from Rugeley to Penkridge, and followed most of it, but we found an issue that currently blocks it, and as a result we explored other alternatives and found a different route into the Cannock Chase access land (see PENRUG 4). There is a problem with the right of way just south of Dutton's Pool - the bridge where it crosses the stream has been washed away, which means that the path is not useable, at least when the water is as high as it is now. There are a couple of other places where the paths on the ground do not match the rights of way exactly....

Hugh Hudson

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Walk along the canal in Penkridge is a nice start if a bit of road noise from the M6....

Eddie Jones

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Route seemed to mainly follow the road from here towards Penkridge so followed a different route via Fairoak Pools and Brindley Heath for a more scenic option....

Eddie Jones

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Penkridge—Rugeley

David Sanderson added Penrug three, a new walk from Penkridge to Rugeley

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David Sanderson took this photo on Pencan three

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Safe, easy to follow and deceptively direct. Pavement, towpath, country lane, and a brief section of field. Stiles and steps....

David Sanderson

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Crossing the A5 can be tricky and there's also a road crossing at Hatherton which requires caution....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Pencan two

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This would probably be a four star route were it not for the road walking on the B5012 Cannock Road near Pillaton, which I would not fail as a dangerous, but would certainly describe as requiring caution. The first section of the walk along Stafford Road is safe, but not very interesting....

David Sanderson

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Penkridge—Cannock

David Sanderson added Pencan three, a new walk from Penkridge to Cannock

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Penkridge—Great Wyrley

David Sanderson added Pengre three, a new walk from Penkridge to Great Wyrley

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Penkridge—Cannock

David Sanderson added Pencan two, a new walk from Penkridge to Cannock

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Having walked sections of it I can confirm that the Church Lane is a horrendous section of road to have to try and walk. It's a main road with no pavement and a blind corner. Too dangerous...

David Sanderson

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It's a gorgeous route; it's safe, direct, and off-road; it's extremely pleasant; and it was surprisingly joyful (for someone who doesn't love canal walking). Full marks....

mtormey

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Mary Oz surveyed Stapen three

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There are pavements passing shops and pubs throughout Penkridge and the route joins the canal at the earliest possible occasion. The towpath of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal takes you most of the route....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Stapen three

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The last section of the walk, alongside the river, past some shops and pub, and through Victoria Park was pleasant and interesting and mostly car-free....

Mary Oz

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Stafford—Penkridge

David Sanderson added Stapen three, a new walk from Stafford to Penkridge

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I personally prefer quiet walks, so didn’t enjoy sections walking along main roads, and there is also a short section that follows a very busy but narrow country road that I did not feel safe to walk on....

Sarah Roberts

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FP through Bickford Grange Farm is obstructed at both ends with dumped rubble and soil, passable with some care....

Margaret

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The road from Pottal Pool to the junction with Cannock Rd is heavily trafficked with frequent large lorries. There is no verge to walk on and a Slow Wayer has indicated that this road is dangerous for pedestrians....

Slow Ways Cristie

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The road from Pottal Pool to the junction with Cannock Rd is heavily trafficked with frequent large lorries. There is no verge to walk on and I think this road is dangerous for pedestrians...

Margaret

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Penkridge

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Penkridge—Rugeley

Tony Parsons added Penrug two, a new walk from Penkridge to Rugeley

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Penkridge—Rugeley

Tony Parsons added Penrug one, a new walk from Penkridge to Rugeley

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Codsall—Penkridge

Slow Ways added Codpen one, a new walk from Codsall to Penkridge

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Newport (Telford and Wrekin)—Penkridge

Slow Ways added Newppen one, a new walk from Newport (Telford and Wrekin) to Penkridge

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Penkridge—Cannock

Slow Ways added Pencan one, a new walk from Penkridge to Cannock

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Penkridge—Great Wyrley

Slow Ways added Pengre one, a new walk from Penkridge to Great Wyrley

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Penkridge—Great Wyrley

Slow Ways added Pengre two, a new walk from Penkridge to Great Wyrley

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Stafford—Penkridge

Slow Ways added Stapen one, a new walk from Stafford to Penkridge

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Stafford—Penkridge

Slow Ways added Stapen two, a new walk from Stafford to Penkridge

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Wheaton Aston—Penkridge

Slow Ways added Whepen one, a new walk from Wheaton Aston to Penkridge

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Penkridge, Sat 24 February

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Penkridge’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SJ9224514196

Lat / Lon

52.72537° / -2.11626°

Easting / Northing

392,245E / 314,196N

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Facilities

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Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

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Campsite

Bothy

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Off-road wheelchair hire

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Train station

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