This walk will take you about 40 minutes and starts from the Chadwick Arms. There’s a few stiles and be prepared to climb a gate as well. See below.
The Countryside Code
- Dispose of rubbish in the correct places.
- Obey fire guidelines or restrictions
- Plan ahead and follow signs when out walking, leaving property as you found it.
- Close all gates
- Leave livestock well alone, especially ones that are bigger and have larger horns than you.
- Keep to paths where possible and don’t cross hedges or walls unless there are stiles or gates.
- Always prepare for a variety of weather
- Use your common sense.
Red Route – Approx 40 minutes
Starting from the Chadwick Arms, turn left along School Lane and down the hill, past the school, to the end of the houses at the bottom.
Turn right along the public footpath to Uttoxeter Road. From the path you can see across the fields to the Football Pitch further down School Lane.
At the end of the path turn right along the main road. Beware the traffic can travel well above the 30mph limit. We suggest you cross the road at or beyond the turning for Sandford Close where its safer and you can get a better view of the road in both directions.
Up the hill to Church Lane on the left. Further along is the Royal Oak pub, should you wish to stop for lunch or a drink.
Turn left and walk the length of Church Lane. Half way along on the right are double gates leading across a field to a pool that is a haven for wild life including Lapwings, Swans and Moorhens. You’ll be coming back round the pool later, but you can cut the walk short at this point if you wish.
Before the left hand bend at the bottom of the lane turn right at a holiday cottage called The Creamary. (If you’re having friends and family over but don’t have the room, this is a great place for them to stay.)
Turn right along this lane keeping Manor Farm and The Creamary to your left. Along the track (there is another holiday cottage that can be hired at Manor Farm Cottage on the left) This is part of the Staffordshire Way footpath.
Over the gate half way along the track (there is a stile but its overgrown so climbing the gate is the best and least prickly way over) and past the old mill stream that channels water from the pool in Church Lane into the River Trent. At the end of the track is a stile by a bridge.
Climb the stile and turn right keeping the water course to your right until you reach another stile. Over this and a short way in front you should see a finger post at the point where two footpaths cross. At this location you need to turn right and over another stile. A good indicator of whether you’re on the right track is that the power lines should be pretty much overhead.
At this point you’re near the other side of the Pool that can be seen from Church Lane and its a great place if you want to stop and admire the bird life. See how many species you can spot.
Walk along the path keeping the trees on the left and the fence on the right. Its a bit boggy elswehere. To the next stile directly at the base of one of the pylons. Once over keep to the field edge on the left and follow the path round to the next stile which you’ll see as a break in the hedge after about 400 yards.
Climbing over you’ll see the two fields are at different heights so do take care. Walk round the edge of the pool and across the field to a stile that takes you over into a track which is the very bottom of Wade Lane.
Up the hill and past the Hall until the path widens out into Wade Lane. Along the lane to the junction with Uttoxeter Road.
Turn right along the main road and past the village hall until you see the Chadwick Arms coming into view on the left
You’re back to the beginning and we hope you enjoyed the walk
Please take care.