Go for a Walk About and discover hidden gems.
One of the greatest joys of heading out for walk is the anticipation of what you might find on the way; a spectacular secret view, a hidden historical ruin or perfect picnic spot. Here are some of our favourite group walks in the Midlands.
This lovely walk starts in the heart of the beautiful village of Stoke Bruerne, which is a gem in itself, with its thatched houses, passing canal boats and wildlife spotting opportunities. You'll also go on a boat ride through the Blisworth Tunnel, the third longest navigable canal tunnel on the UK canal network, where boaters used to 'leg' their boats through the narrow passage and visit the Blisworth Tunnel hut.
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This walk in the beautiful Peak District National Park takes in the wonderful views from Wheeldon Hill and over the river Dee and the lovely Manifold Valley. But the real highlight is one of the area’s smaller peaks, Parkhouse Hill. Now a green ridge in the countryside, you can try to imagine the hill as it started life millions of years ago during the Carboniferous period, as a reef knoll surrounded by water.
This delightful stroll around a lake, through ancient woods and over marshland, gives nature lovers the chance to discover gems galore. The banks of Cop Mere and Jacksons Coppice will reveal hidden delights for the avid birdwatcher, including greater crested grebes, woodpeckers and sparrowhawks, while Jackson’s Marsh (Staffordshire’s answer to the Everglades) might reward walkers with sightings a rich variety of plants, including southern marsh orchids and bogbean.
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Enjoy the sweeping views from Lantern Pike and Cown Edge on the way to the mysterious Robin Hood’s Picking Rods – a rare example of Peak District prehistoric art. Are these a druid stone, Saxon cross, ancient route or boundary marker or – as legend would have it - where Robin Hood used to ‘bend his bow’? The columns are thought to have been carved in the 9th century AD, by Anglo-Saxons.
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The two and a half mile climb to the top of Bosley Cloud, will take you up into the clouds and reward you with the most beautiful vistas over Cheshire towards Liverpool, Bolton, Leek and out towards Shropshire. On a good day you can even see the power station at Fidlers Ferry and Liverpool Cathedral.
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