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"Ramblers" member Brian is leading a 8.5 ml walk initially close to the Churnet River and then thro Prestwood into the JCB machine testing grounds with its lakes and rhododendrons in bloom (I Hope) This will be the Lunch stop unless we arrive to early. We then go slowly up Waste Lane then thro. Holly Wood and Park Banks and onto the Disused Railway for about a mile exiting in Denstone and head back via the Fishermens Lake in JCB Headquarters Grounds with its Sculptures to Rocester Village Meet at South Parade car park at 9.00 (B72 1ST) for car sharing or from Sutton Coldfield take the B5127 thro Mere Green to Lichfield or the A513 and the A38 then take the A51 Rugely,from Lichfield at first island take the A515 and follow signs for Ashbourne as far as A50 Island. Turn left onto A50 and continue towards Uttoxeter. Follow Alton Towers Brown Signs. At first island turn right A518, carry on A518 at mini island, and then at next island turn right onto the B5030 signposted Rocester and Ashbourne, continue for approx. 3.0ml. and at Island turn Right signposted Rocester. Just after entering the built up area the Village Car Park is signposted and is on your left hand side. If you reach a tee junction you have passed it !! SK[masked]
While the hills here may lack height compared to those further north, the climbs are still steep and the views stunning. This route follows a short section of the Offa's Dyke path. Sections of the famous historical earthwork are clearly visible. Ramblers members Tony and Rosie are leading 2 walks. The longer walk is 10 Miles..We start at the ancient bridge of Ditchyeld and head north, uphill at first but soon levelling out and then walking almost all the way on the actual Dyke. Glorious views of the surrounding countryside soon reveal themselves. At Dolley Green we join the section walked by the shorter walkers and continue as below. The shorter walk is 6 Miles. Starting at Dolley Green. There is an uphill section to start with but the outstanding views of the beautiful rolling hills more than compensate. Only minor undulations after that, and we walk on the actual Dyke for much of the way. We descend gradually into Knighton to enjoy our tea and cakes at the Offa’s Dyke Visitors Centre, or alternative liquid refreshment at a lovely traditional pub.
We’ll set off at 10.00 into Sutton Park. Our route will be influenced by those who attend. It’s a family walk so bring the grandchildren. They can bring their scooters or their bikes. If they are in pushchairs, fine. In fact the dog can come too. And If it’s just you, great. You’re welcome. There will be a stop for ice creams. There will be a coffee stop. And there will be a loo stop. All in all, a relaxing stroll is in prospect with laughter and plenty of serendipity.