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Tittesworth Circular

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Tittesworth Circular
Author: mumnpets, Published: 10 Oct 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star0  Tittesworth Circular Walking Guidestar0  Tittesworth Circular Walking Guidestar0  Tittesworth Circular Walking Guidestar0  Tittesworth Circular Walking Guidestar0  Tittesworth Circular Walking Guide
Staffordshire, Moorlands
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Tittesworth Circular
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot  Tittesworth Circular Walking Guide boot  Tittesworth Circular Walking Guide
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A 5 mile circular walk through well established woodland around Tittesworth Reservoir, Staffordshire. The reservoir has a wide range of wildlife and sits just below the Roaches a high rocky ridge, which form a spectacular backdrop to the walk. There are two bird hides along the route from where you can observe wildlife.

The footpaths are mainly wide and well-made, except for some sections through woodland which could be muddy and uneven. On the walk you will need to negotiate several flights of steps, a few bridges, a few sections of wooden boardwalks and a gate. At the visitor centre you will find toilets and a place to obtain refreshments. Picnic tables and a barbecue area are also sited near to the visitor centre. The map for this area is Explorer OL24 White Peak.

From the centre of Leek, head out on the A523 Macclesfield Road, but about 300m from the church turn right along the minor road which crosses the River Churnet and leads to Meerbrook. In the village turn right and then right again to the visitor centre. From the A53 Buxton to Leek road, coming from Buxton, turn right at the Horsehoe Inn at Blackshaw Moor, follow Blackshaw Lane for just over 1 mile to turn left into the car park. The address and post code is Tittesworth Water, Meerbrook, Nr Leek Staffordshire, ST13 8SW. Parking charges apply, £2.50 for 2 hrs or £4.70 all day (correct September 2016).

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Walk Sections

Start to Post for Riverside Walk
Start to Post for Riverside Walk

Start point: 53.1399 lat, -2.0105 long
End point: 53.1391 lat, -2.0067 long

To begin the walk, head towards the visitor centre and, as you reach the crossing in front of the centre, turn left across the car park to a reach marker in the left-hand corner. Ignore a path on the right, but bear left and follow the path passing the play area on your left. The surfaced path snakes around the end of the reservoir, crossing two bridges, for approximately 0.4 miles to reach a sign for water’s edge, turn right.

Post for Riverside Walk to Rejoin Main Path
Post for Riverside Walk to Rejoin Main Path

Start point: 53.1391 lat, -2.0067 long
End point: 53.1352 lat, -2.0077 long

Follow this narrow path for 0.5 miles through the woodland and on over a meadow. At the far end of the meadow, bear right following the grassy path to re-enter the woodland. Continue until the path bends left to re-join the main path.

Rejoin Main Path to Enter Woodland
Rejoin Main Path to Enter Woodland

Start point: 53.1352 lat, -2.0077 long
End point: 53.1311 lat, -2.0096 long

Turn right and follow the track for quarter of a mile through the woods, crossing two small bridges, and on until you leave the woods. Turn right at the marker post signed again for the water’s edge. The grassy path crosses the meadows and soon bears slightly left, keeping the line of a hedge and the edge of the reservoir on the right. At the far end of the meadow, and as the path turns left, turn right.

Enter Woodland to Dam Wall
Enter Woodland to Dam Wall

Start point: 53.1311 lat, -2.0096 long
End point: 53.1251 lat, -2.0082 long

Enter the woodland, follow the path as it winds through the woods crossing sections of board walk, negotiating a couple of flights of wooden steps and crossing a stream via a bridge to again re-join the main path. Turn right, signed Long Trail, the path soon skirts the edge of the wood to then re-enter the woodland. From here continue along the undulating path for approximately half a mile, bearing right to cross a wooden bridge, the path now goes uphill. On reaching a marker post signed Long Trail to dam wall, keep straight on following the path as it bends right down to the dam wall.

Dam Wall to Junction of Paths
Dam Wall to Junction of Paths

Start point: 53.1251 lat, -2.0082 long
End point: 53.1254 lat, -2.0157 long

Cross the dam wall. The dam here was constructed across the River Churnet between 1959 and 1963. It replaced a much smaller Victorian dam which had been built in 1858 to supply water for the local dyeing industries of Leek. The reservoir today, when full, can supply 6.5 billion gallons of water and provides a habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.

At the far end of the dam ascend a long flight of wooden steps. On reaching the top of the steps turn right uphill and, on reaching a junction of paths, turn right signed Long Walk and Visitor Centre.

Junction of Paths to Boat Hire Hut
Junction of Paths to Boat Hire Hut

Start point: 53.1254 lat, -2.0157 long
End point: 53.1375 lat, -2.0159 long

Follow the path as it meanders through the woodland for 1 mile, passing a farm on the left, crossing sections of boardwalks, a bridge and negotiating several flights of wooden steps to reach the boat hire hut.

Boat Hire Hut to Gate
Boat Hire Hut to Gate

Start point: 53.1375 lat, -2.0159 long
End point: 53.1423 lat, -2.0139 long

Pass the boat hire hut on your left and go on through a vehicle barrier. Turn right to follow the path for about 0.4 miles as it crosses over a meadow and on over a small bridge, veering right to cross a further section of meadow to reach a gate.

Gate to End
Gate to End

Start point: 53.1423 lat, -2.0139 long
End point: 53.14 lat, -2.0105 long

Go through the gate and cross the road (here you can turn left if you wish to visit the first bird hide). Turn right to walk along the pavement (the second bird hide is on the left). On reaching the entrance to Tittesworth Water, cross the road and turn down the access road to return to your vehicle and the end of the walk.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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