Reservoir biodiversity provides drinking water for the Potteries and a valuable habitat for lots of wildlife.
Whitty Ln, Leek ST13 8SW, UK 4.2 Miles 3 HoursEasy
Paths: Good footpaths as well as forest track and roads
Landscape: Reservoir and woodland
Dog Friendliness: Yes
Parking: Near Middle Hulme Farm
Public toilets: At reservoir visitors centre
From the farm car park go through a gate on to a footpath and turn right. Cross the first bridge, turn left then cross a second bridge and follow the Long Trail/Short Trail direction signs along a well surfaced path. At a junction beside a picnic table turn left on to a forest trail.
Follow the waymarked Long Trail through the wood crossing a bridge and some duck boarding then turn left at a T junction continue following the Long Trail. Follow the path as it leaves the wood and on to a grassy area where it is less well defined but still visible.
Continue along the bank of the reservoir then re-enter the woodland, cross some duckboards and continue once more on the footpath. Cross a bridge by a picnic table, go up some steps and continue along duckboards. Skirt the edge of a wood, keeping the fence on your left, go downhill through a wood and along the reservoir bank.
Go through some more woodland, cross another bridge, go up some steps then leave the wood and continue on a gravel path. Go over a stile then follow the path downhill towards the dam. Go over another stile and cross the dam head. Cross a stile at the far end, go uphill on a series of steps and turn right on to a footpath.
Cross a stile and at a T-junction turn right and on to a metalled lane. Continue on this through a farm, following the signs for Meerbrook. At the road junction cross a stile and turn right at the Long Trail sign. Turn right again following the road to Tittesworth Reservoir. When this turns to the right, bear left on a footpath beside the reservoir.
Go aross another stile on to the road then turn right into the public entrance to the reservoir. Turn left at the entrance to the visitor centre, cross the car park then go left at the Nature Trail sign. Continue across the grass then turn right on to a concrete path. Follow this to the first bridge then turn left to return to the car park.
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