Dimmingsdale Main Car Park is currently open 8am-8pm.
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, during busy periods you may be asked to come back at a different time by our partners in the Forestry England ranger team.
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Dimmingsdale offers a variety of activities for lovers of the great outdoors:
Dimmingsdale is a walker’s paradise. There are a myriad of walks throughout the valley from short easy strolls to challenging all day walks. The majority of walks are maintained by Forestry Commission. In addition, there are a couple of paths in Dimmingsdale which are maintained by our local Council – The Staffordshire Way, which is a 92 mile walk through some of the finest countryside in the Midlands passes through Dimmingsdale. The Churnet Valley Greenway, an old Railway Track is another Council maintained path which is a flat, easy track which follows the meandering river Churnet.
Cycling is also a popular pastime in and around Dimmingsdale. The Churnet Valley Greenway runs from Oakamoor to Denstone passing through Dimmingsdale and Alton and offers a scenic, relaxing bike ride.
Mountain biking is also permitted on limited tracks in the valley for those seeking more of a challenge, however it is wise to check with Forestry England to ascertain permissive routes. Rangers will remove anyone using illegally constructed mountain biking trails.
Cycle racks are conveniently positioned outside the Ramblers Retreat for those looking for a midway break!
Horse riding is permitted on the bridleways throughout Dimmingsdale. Again, a handy hitching rail is positioned outside the Ramblers Retreat for those seeking mid-ride refreshment.
Although not an authorised Forestry England activity, many choose to ascend the erratic boulders of Dimmingsdale. If you choose to visit Dimmingsdale for bouldering, please follow the guide to good bouldering.
As Dimmingsdale is part of the English Forest Estate, events require authorisation and specialist insurance provided by Forestry England, part of the Forestry Commission. If you are organising a commercial, charity or personal event in Dimmingsdale, please email the local team with details of your request.
Dimmingsdale car parks are open daily 7am-6pm, vehicles left in the car parks after this time will need to be released by rangers where a call out fee will be charged. Please note- car park hours change seasonally, please contact us for current hours.
Contact the Forestry England Ranger Team