Owned by the Forestry Commission, Dimmingsdale is a very popular walking, riding and bouldering area.
The landscape of Dimmingsdale has been shaped by the 15th century smelting industry and later by the 15th Earl of Shrewsbury, who built Alton Towers.
Vehicle access and parking is along Red Road, next to the Ramblers Retreat tea room and gardens.
Walking, riding and cycling access is via Staffordshire Way and over Lords Bridge on Churnet Way (Oakamoor to Denstone via Alton station)
The Furnace Forest Walk can be downloaded for free from Staffordshire Moorlands District Council website.