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  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Country Park


Countryside Ranger

01538 266909


Visitor Centre,
Foxt Lane, Froghall,
Nr Cheadle,
Staffordshire ,
ST10 2HJ


Once a hive of industrial activity, this old canal-side wharf is a lovely tranquil picnic spot alongside the terminus of the Caldon Canal and Uttoxeter Canal Basin. There are way-marked walks that lead from the site onto the rights of way network and canal towpath. This is a popular spot for walkers to begin exploring the Churnet Valley and there are grade 2 listed Lime Kilns on the site and other remnants of the industrial past can be found in the wooded valley beyond.

There is a Visitor Centre which was once the stables for horses that worked the site. The centre houses information on the history of the site and sells leaflets but this has no set opening times and is open only as and when staff are available. There are 2 car parks both of which are open 24/7 all year round.

Coach parties acceptedEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Mobile phone coverageGrounds for outdoor activitiesChildren welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedGuided tours for groupsSmoking not allowed



See location of Froghall Wharf on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SK 029483  Lat: 53.03196 Long: -1.95819

From Leek take the A523 (Ashbourne Rd) and follow this road to Bottomhouse, turning right at the Green Man Public House onto the B5053. Follow this road to its end at Froghall, turning left and left again, a 100 yards after arriving at The Visitor Centre.

Parking: free


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Mobile phone coverageMobile phone coverage
  • Grounds for outdoor activitiesGrounds for outdoor activities
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)


  • This is a Picnic area in a rural setting and whilst every effort has been made to give good access in high use areas such as the Visitor Centre there are inevitably areas of the wider site that due to topography and ground conditions are unsuitable for wheelchair access or for people with impaired mobility.


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 6
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesRamp to entrance


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
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