Distance: Nearly 4 miles
Cost: No charge
Parking: Free car park at the Rambler's Retreat, Red Rd, Alton, ST10 4BU
Route, Paths and Accessibility: There are steps and steep inclines and declines in places. The route we took also walked down a lane with no footpath for a section, but this was pretty quiet from traffic with only a few cars passing.
General Information: Dimmingsdale is a stunning area of countryside, tree lined walkways and a babbling stream, really beautiful. There are a number of different routes you could take and information available online and onsite at the Rambler's Retreat. There are brilliant views at the top of the hill and a local legend of The Chained Oak to discover. Plus lots of potential blackberry foraging in late summer.
Amenities: The Rambler's Retreat (at the start/finish of our route) offers a lovely atmosphere and snacks, drinks or full restaurant menu if you prefer. You might have to book for the restaurant at weekends! Toilets are there too.
Walked in July 2016 by Jenny, Dave, Jorja (7) and Dexter (6)
For more information about this location, visit the Forestry Commission website here - http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/englandstaffordshirenoforestdimmingsdale and information on the Rambler's Retreat here - http://www.ramblersretreat.co.uk/. There's also an alternative walk route here - http://www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/pages/Furnace%20Forest%20SMDC.pdf.