Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Dimmingsdale car park opening times:

Spring: 8am - 5pm             Summer: 8am - 6pm

Autumn: 8am - 5pm          Winter: 8am - 4pm

How to find us

How to find us

All roads are clearly signed for Alton Towers situated just outside the Village of Alton. Dimmingsdale is situated between Alton and Alton towers, turn off the main road at the valley bottom and follow the river Churnet past the public houses and along the Red Road.

Alton, Stoke-on-Trent
Sat Nav Postcode: ST10 4BU
OS Grid Ref
SK 06254313

52.985602121992, -1.9086097516308

Parking and prices

There are no parking charges at Dimmingsdale.

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

There are no designated accessible parking spaces at this forest, have you seen our Easy Access trails page?

Facilities and access

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Picnic area

Contact details

Feed your soul within the tranquil surroundings of Dimmingsdale, North Staffordshire's hidden beauty spot

Once an aristocrat's dream, Dimmingsdale is now a delight for everyone.

Come and stroll down magnificent drives built by the Earl of Shrewsbury, where fine carriages once rode. The rolling countryside provides an abundance of woodland, streams, ponds and lakes which will transport you to a place of peace and calm.

Make sure to stop off for a drink and snack at the Rambler’s Retreat which offers a wide range of refreshments in a relaxed setting.

At a glance

Things to do

Dimmingsdale has several different paths you can take, each one as beautiful as the next. 

The terrain is steep in some places but low level strolls around the magnificent pools are also available. 

Nearby forests

Black rocks landscape

The wood takes it's name from a sizable gritstone outcrop called Black Rocks and forms part of a larger woodland called Cromford Moor. The area is managed in partnership with Derbyshire County Council Countryside Service.

The wood is situated on a hill with splendid views of the Derwent Valley and contains remains of quarries and other workings.

Sunlight through conifers

With a children’s play area, Go Ape, orienteering trails and even a dog activity trail, you will not be stuck for something to do at Cannock Chase Forest, located north of Birmingham. 

Waterfall over rocks

Located near Cromford, Shining Cliff is ancient woodland which was part of the royal hunting forest of Duffield Frith and is now designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The wood supports a diverse bird community including warblers, flycatchers and bramblings. In the spring, coppiced sycamore trees provide a canopy for a carpet of bluebells, something that can't be missed.

Walking trail at Forty Acre Piece

Comprising of seven coniferous woodlands, Matlock Moors is not short of great walking and horse riding opportunities.

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