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Consall Forge

Consall Forge sits on the Caldon Canal and River Churnet, alongside Consall Nature Park.

This beautiful, idyllic hamlet was once an area of heavy industry, bringing limestone down from the hills into Stoke-on-Trent. The Caldon was originally built to channel the plentiful rain of the Staffordshire Moorlands to the Trent & Mersey Canal.

Now, it's the perfect family day out with a river, canal, and steam railway. Follow trails through the nature park, take the steam train down the Churnet Valley along the canal, or sit on the grassy bank to gongoozle at passing boats.

Things to see and do

Places of interest

  • Head into The Black Lion for a taste of a traditional canalside pub
  • Catch the steam train to the pretty village of Cheddleton, following the Caldon Canal, and visit the Cheddleton Flint Mill
  • Visit the remains of the old lime kilns
  • Explore the Consall Nature Park, a Site of Special Scientific Interest

Planning your visit

  • Address

    Consall Forge, Wetley Rocks, Stoke-on-Trent, ST9 0AJ

  • Opening times

    The towpath is always open.

  • Prices

    Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing.

  • Toilets

    In the Black Lion pub for customers only.


Getting here

  • By car

    Closest parking at The Black Lion pub (for customers only). The nearest public parking is in Consall Nature Park

  • By boat

    There are visitor moorings at The Black Lion pub, and at nearby Cheddleton or Froghall.

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