Monks & Moorings walk Monks & Moorings walk

Monks & Moorings walk

By following this 6½-mile walk, you will encounter the past and future of Burton and the surrounding area.

You can see how the Trent and Mersey Canal played a part in the town's industrial history and how old gravel workings have been transformed into a nature reserve.

You will pass historic Sinai House, enjoy wonderful views from the Needwood scarp, pass through ancient woodlands and complete the links with the future by visiting new woodlands planted as part of the developing National Forest.

Location Map

Burton upon Trent Staffordshire

Walk type Medium Walks

Points of Interest

Branston Water Park was created when gravel extraction ceased in the early 1950’s. Rather than being filled and returned to farmland, nature has been allowed to reclaim the site. Look out for bird life on the water and in the woodland and hedges.

Tatenhill Lock is one of 76 locks on the 93 mile Trent and Mersey Canal. Designed by James Brindley and completed in 1777 to carry industrial goods, the canal now offers pleasant boating, angling and walking.

Battlestead Hill is reputed to be the site of a bloody battle between the Angles and Danes. Look out for primroses, bluebells and violets in the spring.

East Hill Wood and the adjacent Pool Green Wood include areas left open to safeguard the remnants of a Roman road, ridge and furrow agricultural systems and ecologically important anthills in old meadows.

Woodland wildflowers such as bluebells, dog violets, celandine, dog’s mercury and yellow archangel all thrive in Oaks Wood. Percy’s Grove was named after a children’s book character. It was planted in partnership with the publishers Harper Collins, who donated money for every copy of the Percy the Park Keeper books sold. Local schoolchildren have planted wildflower bulbs among the trees to add colour.

Shobnall Marina basin is all that remains of the Bond End or Shobnall Branch Canal and was used by the breweries, until it went out of use in 1870.

The Bridge Inn dates back to at least 1843 and was a regular stopping point for working narrowboats.