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    Burton Library car park, High Street, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 1AH


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    Path Type

    Surfaced paths

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    Access for all

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    Site Owner

    East Staffordshire Borough Council

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The Trent Washlands is on the flood plain of the River Trent as it flows through Burton upon Trent, a natural area where in the 14th century monks would collect well water for brewing ale, an industry that continues to this day.

Paths now meander across the site, with visitors able to spot a great diversity of wildlife, including herons, dragonflies and damselflies. The grasslands are managed as traditional hay meadows, and in spring are a sight to behold, covered in marsh marigold, cowslip and cuckoo flower. The Washlands is a peaceful place to explore, while having all the attractions and facilities of a town close by, including a sculpture trail and children’s play area.


  • Café at Burton Library
  • Children’s play area
  • Disabled access
  • Dog walking
  • Fishing
  • Information centre
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Walking trails
  • Waterside benches

Advance visit information

  • Access from Burton Library car park (parking charges apply)
  • Local bus and rail services

Discover more

To enhance your visit to the National Forest why not take a look at the unique array of attractions on offer. 

Explore a trail

Why not explore the Forest on one of our circular trails? Each showcasing the variety of landscapes across the National Forest.