Staffordshire Way

A long distance path of 95 miles, the Staffordshire Way runs from Mow Cop in Cheshire to Kingsford Country Park, near Kidderminster in Worcestershire. Despite not beginning or ending in its named county, the county of Staffordshire is the main theme though, with 86 of the 95 miles walked within the county. Maps, statistics and gpx route file for the walk are included.

Google Maps Open Source Maps

Statistics and Files
Start: Mow Cop, Cheshire
Distance: 95 miles (153 km)
Grid Ref: SJ856573
Climbing: 2,389 metres
Walk time: 40-48 hours
Days: 6-8

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: The Staffordshire Way is a long distance footpath which explores the north Midlands county. Starting at Mow Cop Castle on gritstone hills on the edge of the Peak District in North Staffordshire, the Staffordshire Way follows the Staffordshire/Cheshire border northeast for 6 miles (10 km) to the summit of the Cloud (a route shared with the Gritstone Trail). It then traverses southeast through Staffordshire's countryside for 86 miles (138 km)[2] passing through Leek, then along the Caldon Canal through the Churnet Valley to Rocester and Uttoxeter. The route then goes southwest through the Trent Valley, Shugborough Hall parkland and Cannock Chase (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) to Penkridge. From Penkridge it turns south passing near to Brewood and continuing southwest through the parkland of Chillington Hall and close to Weston Park. It then turns south again passing through Codsall, within half a mile of Perton and near to Patshull Hall and Pattingham. It then continues south near to Enville and Highgate Common before finishing at the dramatic sandstone ridge of Kinver Edge. (Source: Wikipedia)

A cautionary note: Read about my day on the Staffordshire Way which included some horrible experiences.

Useful Links:
My Staffordshire Way - Rochester to Eaton Dovedale
My Staffordshire Way - Eaton Dovedale to Rugeley
Staffordshire Way Guide Books (Amazon)
Staffordshire Way Booklet (including maps)
Long Distance Walkers Association

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