Evening stroll on Barlaston Downs enjoyed in silhouette 

There really is nothing quite like a walk in the countryside following a tough day in the office. 

Regular reader of The World of Trees, Mandy Gilford, from Stoke-on-Trent, loves going for a walk. 

If Mandy isn’t marvelling at the lake and grounds at Trentham Gardens – created, of course, by Capability Brown – then you might find her out on The Roaches, in the Peak District, near Leek. 

But Mandy’s favourite walk is one of North Staffordshire’s favourite beauty spots – Barlaston Downs or Downs Banks as it is also known. 

‘Visit Stoke’ says of the area: “Downs Banks is a great place to enjoy a walk or just to relax and enjoy the outdoors. A rock pillar stands at the highest point showing the local landmarks that can be seen on a clear day including The Long Mynd, Mow Cop Castle, the Wrekin, and the Clee Hills are just some of the landmarks to look out for. 

“It is a great place to spot wildlife – there is a beautiful babbling stream that runs the length of the Downs which attracts beautiful wildlife throughout the year. Keep your eyes peeled and you may see the fantastic blue flash of a kingfisher. 

See www.visitstoke.co.uk for further details.

Visit ww.visitstoke.co.uk to find out more about walks in the area 


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