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The Dog and Doublet Sandon Park and Canal Walk

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Stafford, Staffordshire, England

The Dog and Doublet Sandon Park and Canal Walk is a 6 mile loop trail located near Stafford, Staffordshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching.

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 479 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Walking Bird watching Running River Views Historic site Pub walk
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A circular pub walk from the Dog and Doublet in Sandon, Staffordshire. The Dog and Doublet is a charming yet stylish gastro inn, providing a warm and friendly ambiance. The walking route explores the adjacent Sandon Park, with magnificent views from the open expanse of parkland, before returning along a peaceful stretch of the Trent and Mersey Canal. The route has several climbs/descents and follows a mixture of field, parkland and woodland paths which can get quite muddy after rain and in winter. There are a couple of stretches of road walking, including one section along the edge of a fairly busy road and two busy road crossings, so take particular care of traffic at these points. The paths through the parkland are not particularly well-signed so navigation can prove quite tricky. You will need to negotiate gates, footbridges, steps and 13 stiles, most of which are tall and entirely enclosed with wire fencing so dogs will need a lift over. You are likely to come across sheep/horses in most of the fields and cattle in one field, so take particular care with dogs.

Sandon is a small village located on the A51, between Stone and Rugeley, in Staffordshire. The walk starts and finishes at the Dog and Doublet Inn on the junction between the A51 Lichfield Road and the B5066 Sandon Road. Approximate post code ST18 0DJ.

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Mandy Smith
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WalkingGreat!

We did this walk with a 10 and 12 year old and they loved it as much as us! There was something for everyone- canal lock, boats, lovely views, stiles, Trentham tower, churches, inquisitive cows, horses, sheep, trains, river, duck pond and a pub for a quick drink too! Took us longer than planned but we had dam building in the stream and a pub stop! Really recommend this walk!!!

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Ketty Mulenga
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Lovely walk, rain was predicted and was prepared for it. Didn’t rain much showered a little bit there after all was well. Detailed description which helped as a first time user of this app and first time planning and arranging a walk/hike. We took longer than the time it should take but you can imagine was 4 of us girls and used every opportunity to take photos. Electric fences everyone is talking about you come across a couple, but they are fine as you can carefully lift off the wiring attached to the gate/stile. We found cows and they were running for shelter as it was showering, a little bit scared but they let us pass with no difficulties. We only once got side tracked in the farm but was lucky to navigate back on the route. Signal was strong throughout. You might be lucky and come across a pretty horse, it’s black/grey white with dots, it was just there. We had a beautiful reward at the pub. We saw everything in the description, lovely little surprises. Be ready for stile jumps and plenty of water you will love it.

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Samantha Phillips
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Hiking

A really nice walk. Plenty of nature to see with beautiful scenery on offer.

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Clare H
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Lovely satisfying walk with lots to see. It is a bit tricky for the few small pastures beyond Moat Farm as they do have electric fences so I’d advise caution over the stiles there, which are a bit rickety too. We got lucky with the cows - they were interested but we weren’t followed! Otherwise had a bit of everything - meadow views, lovely old churches and Trentham Tower was a lovely surprise... and a nice glass of wine at the end :)

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gary allen
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This walk started off full of promise for a shortish family local walk but unfortunately on reaching Moat Farm it all went wrong!! We tried to follow the instructions but the gate at Moat farm was firmly closed and unpassable. we thought we had gone wrong and after about an hour of wandering around trying to find a passable route we had to give up and retrace our steps back to the beginning. I looked at other maps on my return home and the gate that head been firmly closed was the correct route that we should have followed. I got the distinct impression that the farm did not want to encourage walkers to cross their land!! A real shame as the walk seemed excellent.

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Elliott Norwood
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Nicholas Grigg
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Benjamin Yates
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We’re unable to cross the fields at the farm due to an electric fence so went the road way round. Got chased by a heard of cows in the last field before the A52!

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Corey Bellwood
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Nice varied walk. great views over the landscape. luckily we walked it on a sunny day so no real muddy patches. had to dash accross one of the fields as an inquisitive herd of young cows made a beeline for us. dog and doublet pub at the end serve a great roast!!

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Peter Merricks
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Pleasant walk on a very sunny day. Nice pint at the pub at the finish Pete and Alicia

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john barron
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Very muddy as per previous comment. Path could be improved at stage 2. A choice of 4 pubs along the wayside serving a good variety of food only improves this route.

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Peter Peter
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Just completed this walk 10/11/16 the walk instructions are spot on and we even added another 2 mile loop at bridge 82 just to make the walk a bit longer, all in all it was a very good walk.

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Sarah Wilkins
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Emily Bryan
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Katie Weston
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Emily Bryan
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Emily Bryan
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Emily Bryan
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Thomas Myles
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Maisy Knox
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Antony Simpson
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Feng Hu
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Jenna Goodwin
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