Consall Forge and Nature Reserve Photowalk, Staffordshire

Distance: Just under 4 miles

Cost: No charge

Parking: We parked at Consall Forge, ST9 0AJ, as we planned to visit The Black Lion after our walk.  There is also public parking at the Consall Nature Reserve visitor centre, ST9 0AF.

Route, Paths and Accessibility: The nature reserve is fairly easy to access, with gentle routes taking under 30 minutes, good, wide paths and fairly flat.  On the other side of the railway and canal, the route we took was a steep incline through the woods, followed by numerous steps back down the valley towards The Black Lion, but this route led to the most picturesque area in the woods.

General Information: A beautiful area with colour-coded, signposted walks around the nature reserve and many paths to be explored.  With additional local interest in the canal and the Churnet Valley steam train railway running near to the nature reserve and into Consall Forge, linking with Kingsley & Froghall and Cheddleton

Amenities: There are toilet facilities at the visitor centre at Consall Nature Reserve and a great pub at Consall Forge, The Black Lion, serving a range of food and real ales

Walked in December 2016 by Jenny, Dave, Jorja (7) and Dexter (6)

For more information about walks around Consall visit Consall Nature Park Trails and for information on the Consall railway station visit the Churnet Valley Railway website.