Sandon Park from Salt

A short Staffordshire walk that begins by following a section of the Trent & Mersey Canal through the Trent Valley. The walk continues to include some pleasant Staffordshire countryside and the glorious parkland of Sandon Hall.

Technical sheet
A Salt and Enson walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 27/07/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h20[?]
Distance Distance : 7.38km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 80m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 77m
Highest point Highest point : 141m
Lowest point Lowest point : 80m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Salt and Enson
Starting point Starting point : N 52.847945° / W 2.062661°
Arrival Arrival : N 52.850373° / W 2.062665°
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Description

(D/A) After parking, take the tarmac lane opposite the Hollybush Inn and walk north, crossing the canal and railway, to the A51. Cross this busy road and go through the gate into the grounds of Sandon Hall. There is a signed footpath leading to your right and this is followed through a field to reach a track. Turn right along this track taking the left-hand track where it divides. This climbs gently up through the woods to reach a large field (Grid ref. SJ 965282).

(1) Once the walker reaches the large field (grid ref. SJ965282), the public footpath proceeds in an north-easterly direction, towards Gayton, where the public footpath joins another path. Here turn north west back towards Sandon Park, and then procedds past Trentham Tower and on to join the access lane to Stonehouse Farm (Grid ref. SJ 959295).

(2) Turn left down this lane and follow it past the moated house to reach Sandon Church. Enter the churchyard and take the path leading down to a gate in the western boundary fence. Follow the path across a field to reach a lane (Grid ref. SJ 951294). Go left down the lane to reach the A51. Cross with care and walk along the road opposite with the pub on your left. Cross the railway and continue along the lane to reach a bridge over the Trent & Mersey canal. Turn right just over the bridge to gain access to the towpath.

(3) Go right again under the bridge and follow the canal for about a mile as far as the first bridge (Grid ref. SJ 958281). Walk up to the road and turn right along the lane into the village of Salt(D/A).

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 1.1 - alt. km 1.1 - Proceed in an north-easterly direction
2 : km 4.21 - alt. km 4.21 - Turn left down the lane
3 : km 5.79 - alt. km 5.79 - Go under the bridge
A : km 7.38 - alt. km 7.38

Useful Information

This short walk includes a section of the Trent valley and the pleasant parkland of Sandon Hall. The start is the village of Salt (Grid ref. SJ 958278) which can be reached from the A51 Stone to Rugeley road by turning off either at Sandon or Weston. Parking on the road through the village is possible although do take care not to block residents access.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 3.6/5
Number of opinions : 5
Description quality : 3.6/5
Routemap quality : 3.2/5
Walk interest : 4/5


Walker
on Mon 16 Sep 2019 20:28:47 CEST

Global average : 3.33 / 5

Date of walk : 16/09/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Disappointing
Walk interest : Good

We attempted this walk twice. The first time we couldn't fine the right "large field" and wandered over the Sandon parkland for an hour before re-tracing our steps. The second time we tried doing it in reverse as the latter part seemed better described, but took the wrong footpath away from the church and ended up walking through the estate, coming out where we had lost our directions on the first week. We tried again from that end and then found the correct field, and managed to follow the walk correctly from that point, although we walked the length of many fields trying to find the right style on the way. Eventually a lovely walk, but does need more detailed directions in the part of the walk from reaching the first field to Trentham Tower.


Walker
on Tue 13 Aug 2019 15:14:15 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 11/08/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

I found the instructions very hard to follow without an OS map. From the wood into the field area the footpaths were very hard to find and follow, but once we 'Happened 'upon the tower and found the track, it was plain sailing.


Walker
on Mon 22 Oct 2018 09:35:24 CEST

Global average : 3.33 / 5

Date of walk : 21/10/18
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Good

Really enjoyable circular walk. Easy route but we did get a bit lost trying to navigate the footpaths in the fields and had to get the compass out. Dry and well maintained stiles. Trentham tower definitely worth seeing and a drink in the Hollybush pub at the end recommended!


Walker
on Mon 29 Jan 2018 10:14:42 CET

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 29/01/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Very muddy this time of year but some good views and interesting buildings. 2 pubs along the way too!


Admin hiker
on Thu 22 Sep 2016 10:49:38 CEST

Thank you for your message. It will be usefull for the next hikers.


Walker
on Mon 12 Sep 2016 15:34:55 CEST

Global average : 3 / 5

Date of walk : 11/09/16
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Average

My fiancé and I went on this route yesterday (11/09/16) and despite it being a beautiful afternoon we left feeling a bit disappointed.

The route started off really well taking us over the river which featured a small waterfall and on into the grounds of Sandon Hall. The description mentions the parkland of Sandon Hall which in all honesty we either didn't see or couldn't tell what was a farmers field and was parkland.

The public right of way wasn't clearly defined for the majority of the trek. We often found ourselves stumbling through long, swampy grass fields which were difficult to walk over even with decent walking boots.

The highlights of the walk included finding the Sandon Hall Folly which was inquisitive as we had no idea what it was until researching it that evening, having a cuddle and fuss with some beautiful horses, seeing the pretty little church and saying hi to the abundance of wildlife along the way.

If you are going to do this walk I would suggest you wear a decent pair of walking boots, trousers and insect repellent (there are a lot of bitey insects through the fields).

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