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FURTHER INFORMATION / FEEDBACK
The village of Dunstall
White Lion well head
A38 from Lichfield
Barton Bell Inn
Happy Eater Middle
P.O. and drinks are taken, particularly on the
A38 from Burton & Toilets it is recommended that some refreshments
Barton Village Hall and inns in Barton under Needwood. Otherwise
also public toilets, open 10am to 4pm each day. Refreshments are available from various shops
Lane, opposite the Bell Inn in the centre of the village. There are REFRESHMENTS
of the village hall and can be reached by turning up Crowberry
in the Dale
run between Burton and Barton. A car park is available in front path may be confusing.
the A38 Barton Turn interchange with Yoxall. Bus routes 7 and 7A disc at any point where the directions of the
Barton Village Hall: Access by car is from the B5016, which links Each route has been waymarked with a distinctive
BARTON AND DUNSTALL - STARTING POINT WAYMARKING
allowing you a choice of distances to walk. should the weather try and catch you out.
with distinctive arrows and a selection of routes provided is worn and that waterproof clothing is available
walks out as an introduction. The paths have been clearly marked it is recommended that strong waterproof footwear
in the countryside and using public footpaths, why not try these follow. Path conditions vary with the season and
try in East Staffordshire. If you are not confident about walking enjoyable, free from obstruction and easy to
Easy Walks in East Staffordshire This is one of a series of leaflets outlining easy walks for you to Care has been taken to ensure routes are
EASY WALKS IN EAST STAFFORDSHIRE CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR
HEALTH AND FITNESS FOCUS
Walking is ideal for the build up of stamina. By maintaining a
steady, rhythmic pace, you will be exercising the heart and lungs,
Sawmill Route and improving your aerobic fitness. Through ‘aerobic type’
exercise, like walking, the body releases chemicals that can help
2.5 miles (4km) 1.5 hours. A relatively short route, Road from Sawmill you to feel good and relieve the symptoms of stress.
with some gentle gradient climbs, passing Dunstall Regular slow, long distance exercise is the best for weight
Sawmill and Dunstall Church. EXTENDING THE ROUTES control. Ideally you should be aiming to walk at a brisk pace for 20
This route can be linked with the ‘Battlestead and - 30 minutes without becoming breathless.
Sprinks Barn Route Back’ Easy Walks leaflet at Highlands Park Farm
(point 17) by following a footpath from the farm As with any form of exercise, it is important to build up gradually.
3.5 miles (5.6km) 2 hours. This route includes a climb yard half right to meet the main Rangemore road, Start off with the short route if you are not used to walking the
on to a ridge just North of Sprinks Barn which is and crossing this road to arrive on Cuckoo Cage longer distances. If you haven’t exercised for some time and/or you
rewarded with views back towards Needwood Forest. Lane (see map for details). have a health condition that might be aggravated by exercise, then
check with your GP before continuing with these walk routes.
Highlands Park Route EASE OF USE
All routes in this leaflet cross farmland, and in all ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
4.5 miles (7.2 km) 2.75 hours. This route climbs to the cases stiles will need to be negotiated, although We would like to thank all landowners and farmers on the
ridge further North, giving spectacular views of the these have been improved to a two step stile where route, and all who contributed information to the text.
Trent Valley between Cannock Chase and Burton. necessary or replaced with gates. Some steep climbs
Barton & will be necessary at certain sections and conditons
underfoot can be wet and muddy.
WHEN WALKING IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
Please keep to the paths on farmland.
Keep dogs on a lead at all times and always
USEFUL MAPS clean up after your dog.
Landranger Series: Leave livestock, crops and machinery alone.
Derby and Burton-on-Trent sheet 128 Take your litter home with you.
Pathfinder Series: Take special care on country roads.
Rugeley & Lichfield (North) Sheet SK01/11 Guard against all risk of fire.
Abbots Bromley sheet SK02/12
THE PARKS AND COUNTRYSIDE SERVICE
Dunstall Explorer Series
The National Forest sheet 245
The Parks and Countryside Service looks after hundreds of areas
of open space in East Staffordshire, from town parks, playing
fields and play areas to locally important wildlife havens including
woodlands , wetlands and meadows. We also provide advice on
sources of grant aid, work to help create the National Forest and
Dunstall Hall Methodist Church work to improve public access to the countryside.
Easy Walks in East Staffordshire
Dunstall in the Dale age
Although the Dunstall-in-the-Dale route quickly Back walk
You are now entering a National Forest Tender Scheme
leaves Barton behind, it is an attractive village, Site. Tree planting with a mixture of conifers and native
well worth a visit in its own right. The church broadleaved trees has taken place extensively on the hillside
is one of particular interest, having been Farm to your left. The path you are following is not a
built by John Taylor who served « designated right of way but access has been allowed
both Henry VII and Henry VIII. as part of the Tender Scheme agreement.
He was a local man who wielded
considerable influence in the Continue through the site to reach a stile leading into
a small area of tree planting and then a further stile
16th century and whose name is
bringing you to the sharp corner of the road.
commemorated by the village’s 16
Taking great care, cross the road to the field gate 12.
large secondary school.
You can make a diversion from the route here, walking
13 « « on the grass verge to the left of the road for about 100
yards, to visit the White Lion. Sadly this is not a chance
From Barton Village Hall car park 1 bear left up Crowberry
15 for refreshment, for this particular White Lion is a well
Lane past the Methodist Chapel and through a gateway
head, created to celebrate Victoria’s Jubilee, which
to enter the Dunstall Hall Estate Woodland. White
Lion provided many villages with their source of water right
Sprinks up to the 1950’s.
The Woodland was planted in the winter of 2001 after 12 Barn
a successful bid by Sir Stanley and Lady Hilda Clarke, owners Pheasant
Go ahead from the field gate, with a hedge on your right,
of Dunstall Estate, to the National Forest Tender Scheme.
to reach 13 and waymark post.
The scheme covers an area of just over 92 ha and includes Dunstall Hall
approximately 49 acres of new tree planting on top of 12 ha
Those on the Highlands Park Farm Route should now follow
of existing woodland and 30ha of open grassland habitat. 11 Wood the directions under that heading. Those on the Sprinks Barn
Dedicated footpaths have also been created to link to the
Route should bear right through the gateway crossing a
existing footpath network, allowing visitors to explore the site.
6 stream and then climb the ridgeway ahead 14.
10 Old Hall 7 Cricket Ground
Continue ahead, to the left of an old pond, to the far corner Follow the woodland fence on your right, then turn left towards
of the field 2. Climb up the hill, keeping right of the fenced
8 the farm buildings, through the farm turning right onto the
new plantation, and enter the woodland via the bridleway 3. Mill 5
track way 15.
Pool The Pool
Then continue, descending fields through one gate, to reach
a metalled track 4.
This is as likely spot as any at which to encounter a pheasant.
4 The truly wild population of pheasants in Britain is added to
Those on the Sprinks Barn and Highlands Park Routes should each year by millions reared to shoot. Whatever your feelings
now follow the Sprinks Barn directions.
about the game shooting, the retention of a greater amount of
woodland and other cover for the birds has great benefits for
Those on Sawmill Route should bear right along the
the landscape and other wildlife. Bear right down the metalled
metalled track to reach 5 the yard of Dunstall Sawmill. 3 « 9
New Footpath lane to rejoin the Sawmill Route at point 7 by going straight
« ahead at the cross-roads in Dunstall.
Trees felled on the Dunstall Estate woodlands are taken to 2
the sawmill and converted into fence posts, gateposts and
Highlands Farm Route
other timber for use around the estate. The sawmill was Dunstall Estate Woodland
originally powered by water from the mill pond which fed Orange Tip Methodist Church
First follow points 1 to 4 on the Sawmill Route and 10 to 13
underground to a mill wheel within the buildings.
Farm on the Sprinks Barn Route
Village Hall 1
Go up the avenue of oaks to the road 6 and, taking care Post Office
Car Park At point 13 continue ahead then follow the hedge to the right,
on the road, bear right to pass the church.
to cross a stream and two stiles 16. Bear half left uphill in the field
Dunstall Church and the adjoining school and priory were built ahead to a gate, crossing a track, then continue on the same line
in 1852/3 using a bequest from Charles Arkwright who had lived up hill to reach a track, at Highlands Park Farm 17.
at Dunstall Hall. The total cost was £12,000 (equivalent of over Bell Inn The sweeping views from this ridge are at their finest towards the
£2million today!) The chancel is lined with alabaster from Hanbury
top of the route. The course of the Trent Valley from Rugeley
and there is an attractively carved font and pulpit.
Sprinks Barn Route (with Cannock Chase on the horizon) to Burton is laid out before
At the cross-roads beyond the church bear right 7. you. Whilst closer at hand stands Rangemore Hall, visited in its heyday
First follow points 1 to 4 on the Sawmill Route. At point 4 go by King Edward VII but now being converted into residential units
Dunstall Hall is visible above the cricket ground to the left of the straight ahead through a field gate and follow metalled track following its use for a number of years as a school for deaf children.
lane. The hall was constructed in the 18th century replacing an to enter Old Hall Farmyard 10. Oddly enough, Highlands Park Farm doesn’t so much derive its name
earlier building at Old Hall Farm, further to the West up the valley. from its setting, but possibly from Hay Lindes meaning clearing the
It is noted for its carvings depicting the rise to fortune of John Taylor Old Hall as the name suggests was the site of older hall in Dunstall, lime trees. The site was probably an early clearing in a more thickly
of Barton. The cricket ground plays host to an annual cricket predating the existing hall today. A Dr Plott writing in 1676 recorded wooded and widespread Needwood Forest.
fortnight, which includes Test Match stars. You are welcome to a hail storm in June which had cut the corn and grass at the hall to
call in and watch if a match is underway in this attractive setting. the ground - with hailstones as much as four inches across! As you Bear right downhill on the ridge track leaving Highlands Park Farm
bear right on entering the farmyard, the buildings on your left housed behind. Proceed to a double gate at a “T” junction. Cross the field
Keep to the right hand side of the lane and then leave it at a stile a corn mill. The millstones and piping which fed a waterwheel are straight ahead, pass through a pair of gates and continue down
and gate on the first corner 8 Descend the field with “The Pool” still located within the buildings and huge bricked-up archway can the track to reach Sprinks Barn 15.
on your right. be traced in the walls. Continuing right, you pass a second yard on
your left containing a conically roofed building. This was a gin ring Now continue ahead, then downhill on a metalled track to rejoin the
The pool can be seen to the right surrounded by trees. It is now a quiet in which horses would have plodded around turning a system of Sawmill Route by going straight on at the cross-roads 7 in Dunstall.
home for waterfowl but may originally have been part of landscaping gears. The horses were an alternative source of power for the mill
works to add to the view from Dunstall Hall. It was certainly used as in the summer when the millponds in the fields up to the valley
a fishing pool and boating lake by past residents of the hall. would have been short of water.
Now climb through a thin belt of woodland continuing with the hedge Bear right up a track to quickly find a kissing gate leading
to your right to enter an avenue of lime trees leading to a gate 9. into Douglas Wood 11.
Continue back to the stile 2 and retrace your steps to the right
of the pond to re-enter Barton via Crowberry Lane.