A Walk Around The Dells in Eccleshall
A postcard depicting The Dells, postmarked 9 April 1905.
The Dells is a wooded area on the southern outskirts of Eccleshall, about a ten minute walk from Eagle House. It is sometimes referred to as ‘The Dingle’. The path through this special place has been well trodden by the passage of many feet over hundreds of years. Postcards from the early 19th century show that this has been a well know beauty spot for many years. However, it was not until 18 April 2009 that the route became an officially recognised public footpath.
About half a mile from away from Eagle House Bed and Breakfast, lies the enchanting entrance to The Dells. It is well worth wandering down and savouring a delightful stroll through the picturesque woods.
For those seeking a bit of a longer walk, there is a three-mile loop starting and finishing at Eagle House. This route meanders through The Dells, along Wincote Lane and then winds back through the serene countryside, offering lovely views of Johnson Hall and its idyllic pond. This route it particularly peaceful and mostly along countryside public footpaths. There are short streaches along country lanes but these roads are usually very quiet as they are all dead ends to road traffic.
While some sections of the trail may be slightly muddy and steep, the payoff comes in the form of truly breathtaking views.
Finding The Dells
The Dells can be accessed from the north, via Shaw’s Lane. As the road is a dead end for road traffic, the walk up this part of Shaws Lane is very quiet
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Please follow the countryside code and take care when walking on roads.
OS map 243 – Market Drayton, Loggerheads and Eccleshall.