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The Silver Circuit: National Forest Company launches new walk to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The National Forest

Tuesday, 1st November 2016

People geared up and ready to take on the new silver circuit route

As part of The National Forest’s 25th anniversary celebrations, the National Forest Company has launched a new walk through some of the most picturesque parts of the Forest on the Derbyshire Staffordshire border.

The new eight mile circular route, named The Silver Circuit in honour of the 25th anniversary, passes through Needwood Forest and down into the Trent Valley.  The walk starts and ends at Barton Marina, and takes in Barton under Needwood, Dunstall, Tatenhill and Branston Water Park before returning along the Trent & Mersey Canal. The route creates an interesting loop off the long-distance National Forest Way, which it follows between Tatenhill and the Water Park.

The Silver Circuit reveals glimpses of wonderful views over parkland and wood pasture, typical of the planned landscapes associated with historic buildings such as Dunstall Hall.

Walkers can stop for refreshments in Tatenhill or take a detour up Battlestead Hill to enjoy panoramic views across the Trent Valley.

Caroline Scothern, Recreation and Sport Development Officer for the National Forest Company, said: “This new route is a welcome addition to our range of walks in The National Forest and we’re delighted to launch it to mark the Forest’s 25th anniversary. 25 years is not long in the life of trees, but The National Forest has come a long way in its first quarter century. This walk celebrates many aspects of the Forest: it will take you through young woodland, mature woodland, across farmland and through attractive villages; you’ll walk alongside the canal and the lakes at Branston Water Park, where you can see many species of water fowl and visiting birds.

“And to launch it in the autumn is just about perfect.  Just think of crisp autumn days with the trees turning every shade of red and gold, the mist hanging in the hollows, a blackberry or two to pick from the hedgerows, the fallen leaves crunching underfoot –  autumn really is the most glorious time of year for a walk.”

Volunteers Liz and John Perry from Stafford have helped the National Forest Company research and plan the route and were on hand with BBC Radio Derby’s Andy Potter at the launch of the walk.

Details of the Silver Circuit are available online at:

Leaflets showing the route are available from tourist information centres and attractions within The National Forest.