BILL’S ROCK

 

 

 

Degree of difficulty :- Medium Length :- 2 miles (approx)

 

Approx time :- 1 hour

 

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Start at Oakamoor Car Park (Public Toilets), opposite the Admiral Jervis Inn

 

Cross the park over the river bridge, bear left, until you reach the Cricketers Arms.

 

Turn right, stay on footpath, past bus shelter, cross the B5417 opposite old filling station.

 

Head up the track to Cotton Dell.

 

Continue past the houses into the Nature Reserve through a gate ( usually open ).

 

The track crosses a bridge over the Dell Stream.

 

After about 200 yards there is a concrete footbridge on the right.

 

Cross the bridge and continue up the path until you reach a stone wall.

 

Do not cross the wall.

 

Turn left and follow the path uphill in the wood until you reach a farm track.

 

Turn left and follow the track until you see a public footpath signpost.

 

Otherwise turn left and follow the footpath downhill until you cross a wooden footbridge.

 

At the footpath signpost turn left and follow the track beside the Dell Stream.

 

After about ¾ mile you will reach Oakamoor village.

 

ITEMS OF INTEREST

 

Keep a lookout for wildlife. Foxes, Badgers, Woodpeckers, Jays, Heron, Dippers,Wagtails,

Tawny Owls, Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Wood Pigeon,Nuthatches, Tree Creepers.

 

Spot some Trees. Beech, Ash, Oak, Elder, Spruce, Silver Birch,

 

Spot Bill’s Rock.

 

Local legend has it that Bill and his horse fell to their death over a cliff

when returning to Oakamoor from the Starr Inn one dark and windy night.