The Staffordshire Way
The Staffordshire Way and the Way for the Millennium span the length and width of the County. The routes explore some of Staffordshire's loveliest countryside and scenery as well as linking country parks, picnic places and many interesting towns and villages. To many people the Staffordshire Way and the Way for the Millennium are virtually "on the doorstep". Both routes are based wholly on public rights of way, paths on which access has been granted or canal towpaths and have been waymarked and signposted to ensure that they can be followed without difficulty in conjunction with the guide books.
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The Staffordshire Way, completed in 1983, was the first of the paths to be created and spans the length of the County for 148 kilometres from Mow Cop in the north to Kinver Edge in the south. Starting among rugged Gritstone Hills on the edge of the Peak District National Park, the Staffordshire Way turns south towards Rudyard Lake and Leek beyond.
South of Leek, the towpath of the restored Caldon Canal takes the walker through the most secluded part of the Churnet Valley and along hilltop paths with views of the Staffordshire Rhineland. In mid-Staffordshire, the Way explores the heart of Cannock Chase, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Beyond, the Way passes by the landscaped parklands of Weston, Chillington, Patshull and Enville; the results of 18th century genius which have earned this area the name of "Parkland Staffordshire". The area abounds with reminders of Domesday, Mediaeval England and tales of deeds of chivalry. The climax of the route is a lofty sandstone ridge at Kinver.
The Staffordshire Way is also an important link in the regional long distance path network. The Staffordshire Way connects with the Worcestershire Way near Kinver Edge and with the Heart of England Way at Cannock Chase Country Park. In north Staffordshire, the Staffordshire Way joins with Cheshire East Council's Gritstone Trail which follows the western edge of the Pennines to Lyme Park - only 10 miles from the start of the Pennine Way at Edale.
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