Route details

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    4 miles 

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    2 hours

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    OS Explorer maps 245

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    OS Grid Ref

    SK 21537 20410

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    Branston Water Park (DE14 3HD) 

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    Path type

    Roads, unsurfaced paths, tracks, woodland trails and farmland

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    Unsurfaced paths may be muddy in wet weather

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  • NFW Stage 10 - Eastbound

    NFW Stage 10 - Eastbound

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  • NFW Stage 10 - Westbound

    NFW Stage 10 - Westbound

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This stage takes you beside the Trent & Mersey Canal before crossing the valley floor to meet Battlestead Hill. From the top of the hill, you can enjoy a panorama of The National Forest and the Trent Valley below, before dropping back down into the pretty village of Tatenhill.


Walk highlights

Branston Water Park

These restored gravel pits feature one of the largest areas of reedbed in Staffordshire, together with wet woodland, open grassland and wildflower meadows. These valuable habitats attract a wide range of birds, butterflies and other insects.

Tatenhill Lock

Tatenhill Lock is one of 76 locks on the 93 mile Trent and Mersey Canal, designed by James Brindley and completed in 1777. Today the canal is an attractive and tranquil spot where wildlife and people coexist happily.

Battlestead Hill

Battlestead Hill is reputed to be the site of a bloody battle between the Angles and Danes. This mature woodland is attractive in all seasons and especially so in spring, when primroses, bluebells and violets carpet the forest floor.


Rangemor is located within the ancient Needwood Forest. Rangemore Hall on the outskirts of the village has historical connections to Burton upon Trent’s famous Bass brewing dynasty and has welcomed royal visitors. Today the Hall has been converted into exclusive residential apartments.


  • Car Parking
  • Grassy Paths
  • Picnic Area
  • Toilets

Where to eat

  • Rosliston The Hub Cafe
  • The Swan at Walton

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