Discover the hidden history of Churnet Valley with a guided walk


Join RSPB Coombes and Churnet Valley nature reserve on a series of guided history walks through our unspoilt Churnet Valley woodland and into Bellpit Meadows.

Becky Blackman, spokesperson for RSPB Coombes and Churnet Valley says:

“The natural and industrial heritage surrounding the Churnet is fascinating and I can’t think of a better way to share the local history than allowing people to explore it for themselves. We want to help local residents to discover more about Churnet Valley reserve and Bellpit Meadows. ”

The first of the three guided walks is taking place on Sunday 10 January and will include the ironstone workings and Cherry Eye Bridge. The second of our walks, on Sunday 7 February, looks at the habitat of a rare woodland butterfly and explores Consall Mill.

The final walk on Sunday 6 March will take in Price’s Cave, the Devil’s Staircase and the lime kilns at Consall Forge. This walk is steep in places and may be muddy, so appropriate footwear is essential.

Each of the three guided walks will pay a visit to Bellpit Meadows, which was recently acquired thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). There, visitors can learn about the history of the site and the meaning behind its name.

The walks will start at 1pm from Consall Nature Park and finish at 4pm. Adults cost £3 and children under 18 are free, with a 20% discount for RSPB members. Booking is required for this event.

To book, please call the reserve office on 01538 384 017 or email Becky Blackman, RSPB Coombes and Churnet Valley, at

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