Stafford

Staffordshire


Slow Ways linking Stafford and Eccleshall, Hixon, Newport (Telford and Wrekin), Penkridge, Rugeley, Stone

Progress towards triple-checked route options for Stafford’s six Slow Ways: 63%

Drawn: 6/6
reviewed: 5/6
verified: 2/6
and surveyed: 2/6

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Many Slow Ways have several route options. Some will be better than others, or good for different reasons.

Our goal is for each Slow Way to have at least one route that is verified and surveyed. To be verified – and get its snail badge – a route needs at least three positive reviews.

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Walk to Stafford from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Eccleshall—Stafford
Eccsta one Pioneer me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 81m Descent 67m
Newport (Telford and Wrekin)—Stafford
Newpsta one Enjoy me Distance 19km/12mi Ascent 115m Descent 113m
Stafford—Hixon
Stahix one Review me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 194m Descent 168m
Stafford—Hixon
Stahix two Verify me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 76m Descent 50m
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 -
Stafford—Rugeley
Starug one

Double check Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 80m Descent 81m
Stafford—Rugeley
Starug two Review me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 158m Descent 158m
Stone—Stafford
Stosta one Pioneer me Distance 17km/11mi Ascent 90m Descent 114m
Stone—Stafford
Stosta two Verify me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 113m Descent 137m

Collective progress

52% of Stafford’s routes are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

11/11

drawn

7/11

reviewed

3/11

surveyed

2/11

verified

7 people have contributed to Stafford’s Slow Ways

0 people have pledged to walk and review a route

4 people have surveyed a route in Stafford

113km out of 171km have been walked and reviewed

205km of reviews have been shared in Stafford

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David Sanderson took this photo on Stahix two

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The route crosses the Sow unnecessarily at the Stafford end but that's minor. Stops and shops in Stafford and Milford if you leave the route....

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simonalcock surveyed Stahix two

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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....

simonalcock

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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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After a very short stretch of road walking, there's a long bit along a former railway line....

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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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. Having crossed the Trent via a footbridge at Burston, you join the Trent and Mersey Canal which you follow all the way to Stone....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Stosta two

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Stone—Stafford

David Sanderson added Stosta two, a new walk from Stone to Stafford

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In the methodology of a Slow Way it's a definite 5 for directness and safety (in the road sense rather than the 24x7 as it's not lit). The only thing I thought it might fail on was somewhere to stop but almost miraculously at halfway (10km from in Stafford and 9km from Newport) the old railway reaches a spot where a bridge has been demolished and you have to descend and cross the road at Gnosall Heath, where there is a pub!...

David Sanderson

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From the Walton-on-the-Hill area there is a very popular footpath that goes over fields via Jacob's Ladder to Lazar Lane (photo 1), then a bridleway to the main road (photo 2). At the bottom of the hill by the main road (A513), there is a gate (see photo 4) - grid ref 985211. Then cross the main road, over the railway line, a bit of not very exciting footpath through an industrial estate, and along the pavement by the road into Hixon. I would either stay on the canal towpath as far as Walton Bridge, then take the footpath up Green Gore Lane to cross the A513 and go up School Lane, which leads to the footpath over the fields to Milford via Jacob's Ladder. Alternatively, I would leave the canal at the footpath that leads up to Falmouth Avenue and then take the short footpath from Stockton Lane over the field to Bluebell Hollow and then onto the A513 up to Kitlings Lane or School Lane....

sarah711

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Leaving from Rugeley you are asked to join the canal then leave the canal via a bridge and then rejoin the canal where there is no means to do so. The Stafford end is very vague in an area where you need to know whether you follow either of the two rivers or the canal. Unworthy of a Slow Way...

David Sanderson

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Stafford—Rugeley

David Sanderson added Starug two, a new walk from Stafford to Rugeley

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It was too early for it to be open, but I checked that the pub in Little Heywood is a short walk from the route. At Great Heywood you leave the Trent and Mersey and join the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. There's a strange bridge which crosses where the Penk should be which I've left the route crossing. After crossing a bridge and the road which crosses it, the route picks up the River Sow Leisure Route, a really enjoyable paved walk into the town centre....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Starug two

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There is a brief section at the Stafford end that appears to go along a private road and says ‘No Cycling’ but this is universally ignored....

Sukydee

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Lots of walkers, runner, cyclists and the occational horse....

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Stafford

mistyoptic surveyed Stafford

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Eccleshall—Stafford

Slow Ways added Eccsta one, a new walk from Eccleshall to Stafford

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Newport (Telford and Wrekin)—Stafford

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

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Stafford—Hixon

Slow Ways added Stahix one, a new walk from Stafford to Hixon

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Stafford—Hixon

Slow Ways added Stahix two, a new walk from Stafford to Hixon

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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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Stafford—Rugeley

Slow Ways added Starug one, a new walk from Stafford to Rugeley

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Stone—Stafford

Slow Ways added Stosta one, a new walk from Stone to Stafford

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Stafford, Tue 31 January

Partly cloudy

Stafford’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SJ9187022930

Lat / Lon

52.80388° / -2.12203°

Easting / Northing

391,870E / 322,930N

Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Stafford's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket

Restaurant

Accommodation

Accommodation < £50

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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