Monks & moorings walk

By following this 11km (6.8 mile) walk, you will encounter the past and future of Burton and the surrounding area.

You will witness 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, now bustling with birdlife.

You will pass the 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.



  • Car Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Viewpoint
  • Walking Trails

Location Map


Distance: 11km (6.8 miles)
Time: Allow 3 hours

Start at: Branston Water Park, Lichfield Road, Branston, DE14 3HD
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OS Grid Ref: SK217210

Use with map OS Explorer 245 The National Forest
Walk type Medium Walks

Points of Interest

Branston Water Park

Once an open cast gravel pit, Branston Water Park is now an oasis for wildlife and home to many species of plants, birds, and insects, both common and nationally rare. This a great spot for a picnic en route and a great place to catch a glimpse of the grebes and other diving birds fishing on the lake.

Tatenhill Lock

Here you will reach one of the 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, walking and is an attractive and tranquil spot where people and wildlife coexist happily.

Battlestead Hill

The once site of a bloody battle between the Angles and Danes, is now a spot to enjoy stunning views over the countryside. The mature woodlands are attractive to visit in all seasons, especially during spring when you will be treated to the sight of primroses, bluebells, and violets which flood the forest floor.

Sinai Park House

Sinai Park House and woodlands are best described as a hidden gem nestled on a hilltop overlooking the surrounding Trent Valley. The Grade II listed building dates back to the 1300s and is situated within a 13th-century moat. The surrounding woodland is planted in two parts - Shobnall Wood to the north and The Rough to the South.  Between the two, an 18th Century-style hunting park landscape has been recreated using individual crated trees and a historically accurate orchard has similarly been recreated using traditional varieties, under Countryside Stewardship.