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                                                                                  FURTHER INFORMATION / FEEDBACK
                                                                                           The village of Dunstall
                                                                                                                                                           White Lion well head
                                                                                             A38 from Lichfield
                                                                                            Barton                             Bell Inn
                                                                Happy Eater                                                    Middle
                                                                                                  B5016                    +
                                                                                                                                                      longer routes.
                                                                                                                                 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

Barton and 
                                                                     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,
The Routes
      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
                                                                                                                                                                                   cko ne
                                                                                                                                                                                 Cu La
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Douglas’ Wood
                                                                                                                                                                                    Battlestead and
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
                                                                                                                              Highlands Park
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
Sawmill Route

                                                                                                  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
                                                                                                                                                              Old Pond
                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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