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Stone

Staffordshire


Slow Ways linking Stone and Baldwin's Gate, Cheadle (Staffordshire), Eccleshall, Hixon, Longton, Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent, Uttoxeter

England / Staffordshire / Stone

Stone’s eight Slow Ways are 50% checked

Drawn: 8/8
reviewed: 4/8
verified: 2/8
and surveyed: 2/8

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Walk to Stone from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Baldwin's Gate—Stone
Baldsto one

Double check Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 212m Descent 233m
Baldwin's Gate—Stone
Baldsto two Pioneer me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 248m Descent 268m
Eccleshall—Stone
Eccsto one Pioneer me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 89m Descent 100m
Stone—Cheadle (Staffordshire)
Stoche one Pioneer me Distance 20km/13mi Ascent 330m Descent 407m
Stone—Hixon
Stohix one Pioneer me Distance 17km/11mi Ascent 179m Descent 176m
Stone—Longton
Stonlon one Pioneer me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 108m Descent 152m
Stone—Stafford
Stosta one

Double check Distance 17km/11mi Ascent 90m Descent 114m
Stone—Stafford
Stosta two

Enjoy me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 113m Descent 137m
Stone—Stafford
Stosta three Review me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent - Descent -
Stoke-on-Trent—Stone
Stosto one

Review me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 65m Descent 82m
Stoke-on-Trent—Stone
Stosto two Enjoy me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 91m Descent 108m
Stone—Uttoxeter
Stoutt one

Double check Distance 24km/15mi Ascent 336m Descent 344m

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Collective progress

50% of Stone’s eight route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

12/12

drawn

7/12

reviewed

3/12

surveyed

2/12

verified

7 people have contributed to Stone’s Slow Ways

5 people have pledged to walk and review a route

4 people have surveyed a route in Stone

113km out of 189km have been walked and reviewed

210km of reviews have been shared in Stone

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Mary Oz surveyed Stosta two

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Mary Oz surveyed Stosta three

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The next 35% of the route was largely across fields, but with some quiet farm lanes too. There was boardwalk past a pond (more mud, potential flooding, and lots of birdlife) before the main section of Two Saints Way (another 20% of the route) which was a very easy path to walk. A small footbridge over the canal and a large, stepped footbridge over the railway led to the end of the route at the delightful Stone Station....

Mary Oz

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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....

Mary Oz

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The diversion to the pub at Burston is a matter of choice and doesn’t need to be included....

Mary Oz

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Stone—Stafford

Mary Oz added Stosta three, a new walk from Stone to Stafford

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The canal has evidence of the use of horses towing boats not only in the roving bridges, but also the footbridges across the locks where there is a gap in the middle for the rope to pass through (although these days some of the railings have been closed up). At the Stoke on Trent end, the road is accessed by steps just to the north, or else through a cycle barrier and small car park just to the south of the road....

Mary Oz

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Baldwin's Gate—Stone

RGW added Baldsto two, a new walk from Baldwin's Gate to Stone

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This is a good direct route along the Trent and Mersey canal with reasonably good public transport links either end.By its nature almost all on the flat, the going underfoot is good most bridges underpasses etc are cobbled.It has plenty interesting places to visit close by and plenty of canal traffic to see.The canal section is shared with cyclists (recognized traffic free route)caution is needed as cyclists can approach fast with little warning.I enjoyed walking this route and found no issues with access obstructions etc the mileposts/cycle route signs proved useful....

J w ollid

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No stiles, cattle or barriers except for a stepped bridge to Stone station. Lots of boats line the canal in Stone and railway memorabilia fills one garden and shares space in the boatyard. The footpath link to the station has a stepped bridge over the railway line and the station is at a dead end of the town so if it's not your destination press on along the towpath for more interest and better access to the town....

Ken

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Approaching Stafford it's a cycle path along a old rail route offering easy walking. 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....

Ken

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I walked this route from Stone to Baldwin's Gate. Long story short: the route is probably a three star route (perfectly adequte, if not mind-blowingly amazing), but a short stretch of completely impassable footpath means I can't necessarily recommend this route. If it weren't for that short section, I'd give this route three stars....

mtormey

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

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simonalcock surveyed Stone

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Stoke-on-Trent—Stone

David Sanderson added Stosto two, a new walk from Stoke-on-Trent to Stone

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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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Leaving Stone from outside the station, it crosses the railway via a bridge and goes straight through to the canal. You pass the Wedgwood Museum and then having crossed the border into Stoke City the canal becomes more wooded as it passes through the pretty surroundings of Trentham....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Stosto two

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Stone—Stafford

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

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I "started" this route from Stone, well "started" isn't really the word....

David Sanderson

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David Sanderson took this photo on Stosto one

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Route through mostly lovely rural farmland, the start town of Stone has many facilities, pubs, cafes, places to stay, supermarkets etc on the route instelf there are almost no facilites, the first publically availabnle water is at around 18km. There are a number of tricky access issues where stiles have "disappeared" or vegentation needs to be beaten back....

simonalcock

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Nice and pleasant walk along the canal from the pottery town of Stoke to Stone. A bit boring during the first mile after Stoke but it gets better. After Trentham, it can get a little muddy in winter....

Eve Donnadieu

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Baldwin's Gate—Stone

Slow Ways added Baldsto one, a new walk from Baldwin's Gate to Stone

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Eccleshall—Stone

Slow Ways added Eccsto one, a new walk from Eccleshall to Stone

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Stone—Cheadle (Staffordshire)

Slow Ways added Stoche one, a new walk from Stone to Cheadle (Staffordshire)

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Stone—Hixon

Slow Ways added Stohix one, a new walk from Stone to Hixon

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Stone—Longton

Slow Ways added Stonlon one, a new walk from Stone to Longton

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Stone—Stafford

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

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Stoke-on-Trent—Stone

Slow Ways added Stosto one, a new walk from Stoke-on-Trent to Stone

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Stone—Uttoxeter

Slow Ways added Stoutt one, a new walk from Stone to Uttoxeter

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Stone, Sat 22 June

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Stone’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SJ8970334520

Lat / Lon

52.90803° / -2.15455°

Easting / Northing

389,703E / 334,520N

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Facilities

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

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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