Wood Anemone The Churnet Valley - Travel in North Staffordshire
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The information on this page should be considered as advisory only. The author's laziness and the fickleness of train and bus companies mean that route and timetable information tends to get old very quickly. Public transport in country areas is always a bit of an adventure but a guilt-free beer or three in the Black Lion or the Hollybush makes it worthwhile. Please check websites or, better still, ring the companies before setting out.

By Car
The easiest way to get into the Churnet Valley is, predictably, by car. There are car parks at various places around the valley, e.g. Alton, Oakamoor, Froghall Wharf, Leek Aqueduct, Consall Nature Park and Deep Hayes Country Park.
By Bike
If cycling is your thing, the old railway path between Denstone and Oakamoor is great, as is the old Earl's Drive , thorough Dimmingsdale and Barbary Gutter . If you don't have your own, bikes can be hired from at Manor Farm in Prestwood , near Denstone. For ranging more widely, it's worth checking the contours on the map, first. If you're not fit, the steep valley sides could be hard going. Your brakes had better be working, too.
By Bus
runs between Uttoxeter and Hanley and passes through Rocester , Denstone , Alton , Alton Towers , Oakamoor and Cheadle . Its sister service, the 32, runs more directly to the edge of the valley at Kingsley Holt and Kingsley .
Clowes Coaches run services 234, 235 and 236 between Leek and Cheadle or Tean, passing through Kingsley, Froghall, Whiston, Foxt and Ipstones.
Taxico run service 108 between Ashbourne and Leek.
Trent Barton run their Swift service between Uttoxeter and Derby via Ashbourne which stops in Rocester and Denstone.
First service 18 runs from Hanley Bus Station to Leek stopping at various points along the A53.
Rolling Solutions service 31 also runs from Hanley to Leek, but via Kingsley Holt, Froghall and Ipstones.
A number of companies seem to contribute to service 16 which runs to Leek via Cheddleton.
By Train
There's no working connection between the main line and the Churnet Valley Railway. The nearest stations to the valley are Uttoxeter, to the south, and the various Stoke stations, to the west. If you think Etruria station is a good option, though, you're in for a disappointment 'cos it's closed. Uttoxeter Station has a bus stop outside that's used by the 32/32A bus (see above). A number of services connect Stoke on Trent Railway Station to Hanley Bus Station. Or you could walk.
By Boat
The Caldon Canal runs from the main line of the Trent and Mersey, at Etruria in Stoke, to Froghall Wharf and the first lock and basin on the Uttoxeter Canal. Getting to the last few hundred yards beyond Froghall Tunnel is a problem for many boats as the tunnel is very low. The Leek Branch runs from the Caldon at Hazlehurst to the edge of Leek.