Walking and Other Outdoor Activities

Dimmingsdale offers a variety of activities for lovers of the great outdoors:

Walking & Rambling:

Dimmingsdale is a walker’s paradise. There are a myriad of walks throughout the valley from short easy strolls to challenging all day walks. The majority of walks are maintained by Forestry Commission. In addition, there are a couple of paths in Dimmingsdale which are maintained by our local Council – The Staffordshire Way, which is a 92 mile walk through some of the finest countryside in the Midlands passes through Dimmingsdale. The old Railway Track is another Council maintained path which is a flat, easy track which follows the meandering river Churnet.

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Cycling is also a popular pastime in and around Dimmingsdale. The disused Railway track runs from Oakamoor to Denstone passing through Dimmingsdale and offers a scenic, relaxing bike ride.

Mountain biking is also permitted on some tracks in the valley for those seeking more of a challenge, however it is wise to check with Forestry Commission to ascertain permissive routes.

Cycle racks are convieniently positioned outside the Ramblers Retreat for those looking for a midway break!

Cycle hire is available from Farm on the Hill in Denstone (approximately 5 miles) visit  www.farmonthehill.co.uk

Horse riding:

Horse riding is permitted on the bridleways throughout Dimmingsdale. Again, a handy hitching rail is positioned outside the Ramblers Retreat for those seeking mid-ride refreshment.