Dimmingsdale

Dimmingsdale, Alton: Hours, Address, Dimmingsdale Reviews: 4.5/5

Dimmingsdale
4.5
08:00 - 19:00
Monday
08:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 19:00
Thursday
08:00 - 19:00
Friday
08:00 - 19:00
Saturday
08:00 - 19:00
Sunday
08:00 - 19:00
About
Dimmingsdale is truly perfect for walkers and ramblers looking to enjoy the Churnet Valley, Staffordshire Moorlands & Staffordshire Peak District. Dimmingsdale is truly one of Staffordshire’s hidden gems. This enchanting and beautiful valley is a haven for walkers, nature lovers and those seeking tranquillity and spectacular scenery. Forming part of the Churnet Valley in the Staffordshire Moorlands it is located between Alton and Oakamoor and is managed by Forestry England and Staffordshire County Council. Lakes, streams and rivers combine with a mixture of broadleaf trees and spectacular Scots Pines and huge sandstone rocky outcrops to create spectacular scenery and an amazing haven for wildlife, which is beautiful at anytime of the year. Dimmingsdale was once part of the Earl of Shrewsbury's Alton Towers Estate, now the public can explore this country paradise through one of the established woodland trails.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Scott M
Stourport-on-Severn, UK10 contributions
Defintly worth a visit
May 2021
Lovely place to visit with ample routes to walk. Recommended you print off a map and take it with you as there are not many signs telling you where to go so easy to get abit lost. two car parks which are decent size. Nice to see the Chained Oak tree and Old Alton Station which is now private property so dont climb up on the Platform or you will get shouted if anybody is in there as its now holiday accomodation. I was oblivious. Free parking. Overall some very nice views and photo opportunities
Written 1 June 2021
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Sutti
Alsager, UK73 contributions
Favourite place
Apr 2021 • Friends
We have been coming to Dimmings dale for over 30 years and we never cease to be amazed by how beautiful it is. Of course there are lots of walks but probably the best thing about the walks around here is the coffee shop amongst the woods that sell the must delicious cakes.
Written 19 April 2021
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Alun Kirklees
Leek, UK5 contributions
Stunning!
Apr 2021
Had a beautiful walk here with friends- there's so many routes and options for all abilities! A good tip is to grab a Forestry England map from the Ramblers Retreat Tea Room before you set off! And make sure to get lunch or a cake from the Ramblers- it's famous locally and we can see why- so much better than any of the other local options.
Written 12 April 2021
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Sam P
Stoke-on-Trent, UK15 contributions
Lovely walk
Apr 2021 • Family
Lovely walk, rather busy at the ramblers retreat where you park, bins overflowing and people crowded together, no masks in sight while all crowded together, that's why I dropped a star. We came here to see the chained Oak that the Hex ride is based on which was a very short walk from the ramblers retreat. Lovely to see horse riders along the bridal path and mountain bikers enjoying the route. Everyone sticking to social distancing in the route and being very polite saying hello, it was great to get us all outside after months of being stuck indoors. We then walked over to the Smelting Mill and Mill Pond area, beautiful to sit by the pond, lovely. Shame the overcrowded ramblers retreat let it down with its lack of social distancing and overflowing bins and heavily overpriced menu for drinks, glad I took my own food and drink and took my rubbish home in a bag. Lovely place for a walk.
Written 2 April 2021
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Karen Smith
Keele, UK3 contributions
Shhhh don't tell anyone how amazing it is!
Jan 2021
This delightful valley in the Churnet Valley & Staffordshire Moorlands beats any site in the Peak District National Park. Free parking is available at the valley's tea room- the Ramblers Retreat, which serves the most delicious homemade cakes, lunches and coffee. The main route- Earl's Drive can be busy, but the maps at the cafe show so many more routes, we've got more we want to go back and do. Lots of family friendly walks and more adventurous ones. The Forestry Commission volunteers are also very friendly and helpful!
Written 4 January 2021
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LankySan
Bristol, UK46 contributions
Great place for a long dog walk
Aug 2020 • Family
Starting at the Rambler's Retreat there are two very different trails you can take - one very steep one with amazing views, or a flat walk around the lake and along the river. Both are worth the trip. Plus free parking and a treat from the tearoom at the end.
Written 23 August 2020
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Valentina
Nailsea, UK5 contributions
Wow, lush green gem
Aug 2020 • Family
Fantastic place, took teen & dog and we all loved it. Spent about 4 hours here, parked near cricket club and walked up old railway line to the ramblers retreat. Set off on the red path and followed it round the woods. Beautiful sights, plenty of benches to rest for those that need it. Lush greenery, beautiful waters, birds and animals all about. At the end we stopped in at the ramblers and had some tasty snacks and drinks.
Written 16 August 2020
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pamianliv
Stalybridge, UK71 contributions
Off the beaten track
Aug 2020 • Family
We got lost, but it was amazing. Had a wonderful day. Finished off at Ramblers Retreat with ice cream and doggy ice cream 🍦. Perfect day 😋
Written 8 August 2020
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Hidden gems
Huntingdon, UK6 contributions
Stunning walk
Aug 2020 • Family
This is a must for anyone visiting the area who loves a gentle stroll or a tough challenge! The valley was breathtakingly beautiful and so peaceful with the bubbling streams, wildlife and huge trees. The bridges are fun to cross and there are several rope swings which we didn’t try as some were a little hard to get to and we didn’t know how sturdy they were. We saw two grey herons and some ducks and even two wild ponies as we got a little lost trying to get out of the valley onto Rainroach farm! I would highly recommend to anyone as it was so tranquil!
Written 6 August 2020
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nikang
Derby, UK370 contributions
Again another great place for various walks !!
Jul 2020
Again another great place for various walks !!
we started at the ramblers retreat - where you can park for free ... which is a great start for the day - we headed out on a 6-8 mile circlur walk and there are some steep hills so not easy walking if you took the route we took.
but there are some easy walks around there which are also great !!!
no toilets only at ramblers retreat which was closed to the public due to the convid outbreak.
also if you go to the ramblers retreat at this moment they are not taking cash - card only (as we found out as we only took cash) there loss i say !!!!!
Written 18 July 2020
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