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Landscape features

Bluebells in Carr Wood, Oakamoor

Always a good display of bluebells in the woods above the Memorial Free Church in Oakamoor.  Follow the path for a short circular walk through the woods that is lovely at all times of year. For directions and other bluebell walks please check out our top 5 bluebell walks in the Churnet Valley.

Bowl barrow, Alton

Bowl barrow, or Round Barrow, is just outside Alton, next to Rainroach Rock.

This tumulus is a rare survival in Staffordshire of an unexcavated example of this class of monument. It will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old land surface

Cauldon Lowe

A view of Cauldon Lowe, from Stoney Lane, with the Cauldon Low quarry in the background and a flock of lapwings coming in.

Photo submitted by Jane Wykes.

Cliff beside the old railway at Lords Bridge

In some places along the Churnet way pathway, a disused railway track between Oakamoor and Denstone, there are dramatic cliffs. Be sure to look at this one just before Lords Bridge.

Dale Tor
Dimmingsdale brook

Take a walk through the Forestry Commission's Dimmingsdale and enjoy the woodland scenery with the brook that runs through it. Park at Ramblers Retreat car park.

Dimmingsdale, Forestry Commission

Most of the entries for Dimmingsdale are in the built heritage section because the area has been so heavily shaped by the Earls of Shrewsbury. Now it is owned by the Forestry Commission.

Search our map or type 'Dimmingsdale' in the search bar on this site to bring up all the features we have listed in this lovely area.

Fishponds, Consall

A series of of five fishponds to the north west of Consall Old Hall, Consall. Only one of which existed in the mid 19th Centry, with the other four having been established in the early 20th Century

Access: on private land. SJ98454906

Fishponds, Consall New Hall (Consall Gardens)

The ponds were shown marked on Ordnance Survey mapping of c1835. The present gardens are part of a landscaped designed and created by William Podmore OBE and are open to the public on certain days of the year. 

Find out more about this Churnet Valley attraction: Consall Hall Gardens

Ina's Rock

Ina's Rock is a geological feature north of Alton village on the hillside over looking the Churnet Valley. It dates to the Triassic Period 250 to 245 million years ago.