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Dimmingsdale, Alton

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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.

Its beauty and tranquillity has been recognised by regional and national media – The Sunday Times stated Dimmingsdale was one of the most beautiful places to walk in winter, Midlands’s television stated it as one of the best places to view Autumnal colours and it regularly features in regional press as one of Staffordshire’s hidden gems. Affectionately known as “Little Switzerland” and “Fairy Glen” it was also described by a priest as”the closest place to heaven”!
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  • There is a great circular walk from Alton. Good for dog walkers, very scenic, often walking alongside a stream, some stunning large rock formations and good views across the valley. 
    There is a great circular walk from Alton. Good for dog walkers, very scenic, often walking alongside a stream, some stunning large rock formations and good views across the valley.  more »
  • Just had the MOST amazing time here! Unfortunately, the Rambler’s Retreat was closed - it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, which was a shame as it is such a great cafe! It is nothing like the bad... 
    Just had the MOST amazing time here! Unfortunately, the Rambler’s Retreat was closed - it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, which was a shame as it is such a great cafe! It is nothing like the bad...  more »

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