Walks List

Proposed by the Central Rivers Initiative

Distance: 30 miles (48.5 km)

Category: Long Walk

Summary: This linear walking route links the two capitals of Anglo Saxon Mercia, namely the royal capital in the 8th and 9th centuries, Tamworth and the ecclesiastical capital, Repton. The walk also goes through Burton-upon-Trent with its connections to Mercia and its fascinating history of beer production. The route broadly uses the valleys of the rivers Tame and Trent as well as sections of both the Coventry Canal and the Trent & Mersey Canal. It links together several sites in the Central Rivers Initiative area.

Proposed by The National Forest Company

Category: Stroll and User-friendly Walk

Summary: As the name suggests, the Trent Washlands lie on the flood plain of the River Trent, close to Burton-upon-Trent. Managed by East Staffordshire Borough Council, the Washlands are free to visit by all and are a great place to see wildlife, relax and enjoy a walk, with various circular routes around the site and a large number of facilities, including disabled facilities.

Proposed by the Central Rivers Initiative

Distance: 10.63 miles (16.67 km)

Category: Medium Walk

Summary: This circular walk around Burton-upon-Trent runs down the Trent & Mersey Canal and goes up the River Trent, linking together several sites in the Central Rivers Initiative area.

Proposed by The National Forest Company and East Staffordshire Borough Council

Category: Stroll and User-friendly Walk

Summary: Branston Water Park is a 16 hectares lake formed from the flooding of a disused gravel pit, surrounded by woodland, wetland and meadow that supports a rich variety of wildlife. Managed for recreation and conservation by East Staffordshire Borough Council, the site offers a tranquil wildlife haven with a large number of facilities for everyone, including a 1-mile surfaced path for all abilities around the lake and through the woods.

Proposed by The National Forest Company

Distance: 5.5 miles (8.85 km)

Category: Short Walk

Summary: This circular walk explores the history of part of the Trent Valley. It passes mediaeval earthworks, the 18th century Trent & Mersey Canal, 19th and 20th century mineral workings and the 21st century plantings of the National Memorial Arboretum.

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