Barlaston and Hem Heath Photowalk, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Distance: 5.5 miles

Cost: Entirely free

Parking: The Cuckoo pub, Barlaston, ST3 3LD

Paths and Accessibility: Mostly flat, wide paths, some along roadside pavements and some canalside walking.  

General Information: This walk was with the Closer to Home walk network (, encouraging regularly walking within Stoke-on-Trent with weekly, free walks with trained walk leaders.  A great way to explore your local area without having to worry about planning a route, finding areas you may have never been before, with fellow walkers, who were all very welcoming to me joining them.  The walk from Barlaston takes place every Tuesday at 11am and the route varies depending on the weather and suitability of paths (mud).

Amenities: Toilets and refreshments are at the Cuckoo pub at the start and finish, where the Closer to Home walkers often catch up after the walk.

Walked and submitted by Jenny and the Closer to Home walkers in February 2017

For more information about this walk and the full programme of Closer to Home walks (there are regular walks on every day of the week!), see the Closer to Home website -