Great Staffordshire Dog Walks, Part 1
We're spoilt for choice for great dog walks in Staffordshire - three quarters of the county is rural which means some beautiful backdrops for a stroll with Man's Best Friend.
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It's accessible for all and has several marked routes to explore.
For a short walk, try the Lady Hill Trail, where the Dog Activity Challenge tests your pooch's fetching, weaving and jumping abilities.
Or for something longer, there is the Fairoak Trail, which has a pool for dogs to swim in on a warm day.
There are several free car parks including Seven Springs at the northern edge (satnav postcode ST17 0XZ).
Park Hall Country Park
There are 12 walks to try, on four different routes, at the 160-acre Park Hall Country Park in Stoke-on-Trent.
They range from 0.25 to 3.2 miles, with varying levels of difficulty, taking in wetlands, woodland, and the hills of this reclaimed quarry.
You can download a map from Stoke-on-Trent City Council's website.
There are three free car parks, which can be reached from Hulme Road and Weston Road (nearest postcode ST3 5BQ).
As a very rural part of the county, South Staffordshire has a number of great dog walks to try.
One of the most popular is the South Staffordshire Railway Walk, which is a 5.5mile footpath along the former Wombourne Branch Line.
The all-weather surface makes it a good walk at all times of year and it's accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs too.
Free car parks are located at the old Wombourne Station (WV5 9AE), which is still in use as a tea-room.
Also known as Downs Banks, this 160 acre National Trust maintained space near Stone has good paths, easy to find quieter spots, and streams for a swim or a paddle.
There are off-lead areas too, and a great two-mile route which, after a steady climb, ends at Millennium Monument and offers panoramic views of the Staffordshire countryside.
There's a small free car park at the southern end (nearest postcode ST15 8UU).
This wonderful woodland walk near Alton in the Churnet Valley, maintained by the Forestry Commission, is a haven for dog walkers.
Park for free at the Ramblers Retreat (ST10 4BU), a dog-friendly restaurant with a fountain and water bowls for thirsty pooches, and huts to sit in on rainy days.
There's also an outside serving hatch so it doesn't matter if you're a bit muddy!
Dimmings Dale is a favourite with dog walkers like Ed Byrne (@ejbyrne1 on Twitter), because there are various routes to explore and great views of the Staffordshire Peak District.
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