This month's ARS (Audlem Ramblers Society) walk is tomorrow, Saturday 4th April. Peter Parkes is organising this walk at which it was originally hoped to include a ride by steam train but the cost was rather prohibitive as the only tickets available are all-day.
Peter describes the walk as follows: "Churnet Valley Walk on April 4th is on Explorer Map 259. It's 12.5 miles and moderate/strenuous. I would think a good level of fitness is needed for this walk as there is a fair degree of sustained climbing.
"Depart Audlem car park at 8.30am and aim to start walking at 10.00am. There is plenty of free parking near the start.
"The walk starts at Froghall Station (GR 024 472) and follows the Churnet Valley to Ross Bridge. We then pick up the Staffordshire Way up to Hawksmoor Nature Reserve. The route goes through woodland then on to Dimmings Dale heading to Alton. Lunch could be at the top of Toot Hill overlooking the Churnet Valley. The view from here is excellent.
"We then come down again into the valley and head to Alton Station and follow the disused railway line to Oakamoor. A steep climb out of the village takes us on to the Moneystone Quarries and then down to Ross Bridge for a walk along the valley/disused line back to Froghall.
"The walk has an attractive variety of terrain with open vistas along the valley, woodland and hilltop views of the area. The walk is never far from the river Churnet and if the weather is good we should be able to enjoy the early spring greenery."
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