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At Dimmingsdale the Forestry Commission has turned an aristocrat's dream into a delight for everyone. Magnificent drives built by the Earl of Shrewsbury have been incorporated in the Valley walk. Visitors to this North Staffordshire beauty spot can now stroll where fine carriages once carried gentry on pleasure trips. The rolling hills and dramatic sandstone outcrops make a visit to this woodland a delight at any time of the year. The terrain is steep in some places but low level strolls around the magnificent pools are popular with many visitors. Some of the land is in private ownership and visitors are asked to respect this.

The Ramblers Retreat offers a wide range of refreshments in a relaxed licensed restaurant. The spacious car park, permissive way marked walk and beautiful surroundings make this a popular destination for walkers.

Why not have fun learning whilst you walk with your family. To make you visit more exciting you can purchase an activity pack from the ramblers retreat, for £4, it contains a bug jar, a little woodland animal. mini frisbee, activity ideas and more. 

Learning at Dimmingsdale

Dimmingsdale offers a fantastic learning opportunity for people of all ages and abilities, combining hands-on education with ideas for active minds.


What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Lovely valley full of great woodland walks. Ramblers Retreat great for a rest afterwards

Anonymous, 11/Jun/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Lovely, peaceful valley for a walk, tea room great for a tea and cake (especially Lemon meringue)

Anonymous, 1/Feb/2014

Visited Dimmingsdale this morning. Pipe that normally carries water under path between middle ponds must be blocked as water is pouring over the dam and across the track, washing it away into the lower pond.

Mike Beardmore, 18/Nov/2013
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