The Apedale Walk
In Staffordshire, we've been asking you for your suggestions for a walk that reminds us that our landscape is millions of years old... On this page we list one - the Apedale Country Park Walk in the north of the county
A meeting point: Apedale County Park Visitor Centre, nr Newcastle (Newcastle Countryside Project office at Apedale: 01782 566331)
Apedale Valley Walk
Apedale is just north of Newcastle under Lyme.
This walk was suggested by, among others, Dr Peter Knight - who supplied the following notes about the ancient geology of the area.
....A lot of the valleys like Silverdale, Apedale, Lymedale, the Whitmore trough and others were carved by the meltwater that ran off these glaciers.
Route of Apedale walk
Park at the 'Grubbers Ash' car park.
The Apedale Heritage Centre is worth seeing while you are there. Built on the site of the former pit, it gives a history of coal mining, and lets you go down (a short way) into the old mine.
The length is one and a half miles, and along paths which are wheelchair accessible - though once the walk is completed, wheelchair users will have to get a lift back to Grubbers Ash, as it would be too steep for them to easily return.
More info: You will see a variety of wildlife with the potential sighting of abundant bird-life.
See The Apedale Walk
BBC reporter Tim Wedgwood went along to check out the Apedale Walk - on the way he saw some lovely scenery, checked out some fossils, and met experts who explained the area's long history. Take a look at this video for yourself - click on 'See the Apedale walk' link in the top right-hand corner of this page.
Location: on the fringe of the Newcastle-under-Lyme urban sprawl, where town meets country.
Paths are of varying width and a mix of tarmac and compacted earth/stone that can become muddy after rain. There are two short hills of approx 1:15 gradient. A gate is set on the route but it has an opening option.
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last updated: 07/04/2009 at 14:49