Bathpool Park, Staffordshire

This is a pleasant off-road cycling route using some of the local canal paths and dedicated cycle lanes. Main features include the Etruria Industrial Museum, Westport Lake and of course Bathpool Park itself.

The terrain is mostly smooth and elevation pretty flat, so would suit a beginner or someone just wanting to ride a more gentle off-road route. There is one quite steep descent just before joining the canal so beginners may want to walk this section.… read more

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Route Guide

The route starts on the former Stoke-Market Drayton Railway Line which is now a dedicated cycle lane called the Newcastle Greenway. It’s a nice wide flat, smooth path and well sign-posted. On this ride you will only be riding on the last section of the cycle lane. However, I have another off-road route which uses most of the cycle lane here Silverdale Country Park

After a short distance the lane goes through a tunnel and you pass through a style and leave the Newcastle Greenway. Then the route takes a left onto Hempstalls Lane and you follow the road into Wolstanton. Once you reach the High Street turn right down a narrow street called Pitgreen Lane.

At Wade Avenue you can either use the first path on the left and negotiate the steps or continue a little further to the end of the road and use the trail by the fence.  Be warned this descent is rather steep and is littered with pot holes, you will also need to avoid the steps near the bottom. 

At the bottom of the descent you go under a bridge then up a short, steep, loose climb and join the canal path. This path follows the Trent & Mersey Canal from Etruria to Kidsgrove and forms the National Cycle Network Route 555. They have recently redesigned all the signs along the canal path including a new map which I think is quite good.

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Other Routes in the area
Chatterley Whitfield Country Park & Biddulph Valley Way
Barlaston Downs

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