Best bird watching trails in Staffordshire, England

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Map of bird watching trails in Staffordshire, England
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#1 - Flash and Three Shires Head
Peak District National Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
A circular walk in the Staffordshire Moors. The walk starts from the village of Flash which claims to be the highest village in England, it is a rather windswept location high on the western gritstone moors. Flash was a tough place to live for farmers, most having to find extra employment in local mills or from mining coal. Most of the old farmsteads are now private houses. The main part of the village consists of a few cottages, a church, a pub and a village school. Flash was noted as the centre for counterfeiting money, which became known as 'flash'. In the 18th century, button presses were used to make counterfeit coins .Some of the gang were hanged at Chester after a servant girl gave them away. Well dressings are held in Flash in the height of summer, a custom dating from medieval time which marks an acknowledgement of the importance of clean water and honours the local spring source. Alongside this runs the Tea Pot Parade, an event where a Marching Band accompanies the villagers carrying a papier-mâché Tea Pot. The teapot parade tradition dates back to 1846, a time when there was no NHS and a Friendly Society was formed. Everyone in the village gave a donation, which was put into a teapot, and the money was then given out to villagers in times of sickness, unemployment and bereavement. The society had more than 700 members at its peak. On the walk you will need to cross several stiles and pass through several gates. A stream is crossed by either stepping stones or a bridge. Some areas of the paths can be muddy and waterlogged and many sections are stony and uneven. The path up over the moors on the latter part of the walk is sometimes indistinct and is fairly steep with boggy and uneven sections. You will be sharing many of the paths with sheep, so take particular care with dogs. On a clear day many fine views can be seen. There are no public toilets along the walk. The correct map is OL24 White Peak. Allow 2 hours. Show more
#2 - Thor's Cave
Peak District National Park
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
This is an awesome route with many different types of terrain: roads, paths, steep hills and steps. The variation makes it more enjoyable and a bit more of a workout. Please note that this trail can be extremely muddy which makes it very challenging in those conditions. After all of the hard work, the views are truly incredible.Show more
#3 - Gradbach, the Roaches and Luds Church
Peak District National Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 30 m
A walk from the tiny Staffordshire hamlet of Gradbach (with its mill) and up over open moorland to the high ridge of the Roaches with its magnificent views. Also there is an option to visit the magical ravine of Luds Church. Gradbach is a small hamlet on the River Dane and is a well-known beauty spot from which visitors can gain access to the Roaches and Luds Church. There are a few buildings and a small car park from which the walk starts. On the walk you will need to cross several stiles and negotiate a couple of short flights of stone steps, a river bridge and a few gates. The paths are easy to see but some areas can be boggy and are uneven with rocks and tree roots so a good pair of walking boots is recommended. There are no toilets along the route, the nearest are sited at the Titesworth Reservoir car park about seven miles away. Show more
#4 - Rudyard Lake Circular
Leek, Staffordshire, England
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 6 m
This is a nice trail with lots of views. It seems that the lake offers many of activities to do on top of hiking: canoeing, fishing, paddleboarding.Show more
#5 - Tittesworth Circular
Peak District National Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 30 m
A circular walk through well established woodland around Tittesworth Reservoir, Staffordshire. The reservoir has a wide range of wildlife and sits just below the Roaches a high rocky ridge, which form a spectacular backdrop to the walk. There are two bird hides along the route from where you can observe wildlife. The footpaths are mainly wide and well-made, except for some sections through woodland which could be muddy and uneven. On the walk you will need to negotiate several flights of steps, a few bridges, a few sections of wooden boardwalks and a gate. At the visitor centre you will find toilets and a place to obtain refreshments. Picnic tables and a barbecue area are also sited near to the visitor centre. The map for this area is Explorer OL24 White Peak.Show more
#6 - Wetton, Manifold Valley and Thor's Cave
Peak District National Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 37 m
The walk starts from the small village of Wetton which lies in the Staffordshire Peak District. The village has an inn, a church, and consists of a collection of farmhouses, cottages and a few larger houses. The walk takes you over sections of farmland, down dry dales then along the Manifold Valley Trail where the route passes Thor's Cave, from where you have magnificent views back down the valley. Thor's Cave, high above the River Manifold, has a 60ft entrance and looks quite spectacular. It is one of many caves in the area from which ancient bones and artefacts have been found. The walk is quite challenging with many climbs and descents throughout, some of which are steep and can be slippery. You will need to negotiate several types of stiles (including squeeze, wall and fence) and several gates. Some farmland is crossed so please take care with dogs as these fields may contain livestock. The footpath up to Thor's Cave has many flights of steep wooden steps, and this path could be slippery after wet weather. Public toilets are located at the start of the walk and also at Wetton Mill where you can also obtain refreshments if required (check opening times). The correct map is Explorer OL24 The Peak District White Peak Area. Show more
#7 - Wetton, Thor's Cave and Grindon
Peak District National Park
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m
#8 - Cannock Chase, Shugborough and Canal Circular
Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 23 m
A varied circular walk starting from Seven Springs car park, one of the many parking areas you will find in the area of Cannock Chase, Staffordshire. Cannock Chase was designated as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1958 because of its beautiful landscape, its wildlife and its history, it has an extensive area of forest, woodland and parkland. On the walk the paths are of good quality. You will need to negotiate a couple of busy road crossings, a stretch along a roadside grass verge, some stepping stones, a narrow bridge and several gates. There are no toilet facilities along the walk.Show more
#9 - Stoke-on-Trent Circular
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 4 h 49 m
A walk around the Potteries through streets, parks, greenway links and canals.Show more
#10 - Cannock Chase German War Memorial Circular
Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 3 h 23 m
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