Shawgate Farm Guest House, Foxt, Staffordshire, ST10 2HN, Tel: 07393440437

Black Lion Round Walk

This is our favourite round walk to the Black Lion pub at Consall and back. There are 6 pubs on the way and a post office. The walk along the canal is fantastic - especially if there are steam trains running along the Churnet Valley Railway.

Total walk time = 3.5 hours – not including drinking time
See compass bearings in brackets


  1. Exit the drive of Shawgate Farm and walk across through the church yard. Exist the church yard right [240]
  2. Walk down the road through the village and bear left when you can see Fox & Goose pub on your right.
  3. Turn immediately left again and walk down small lane [120]. You will pass Rock House cottages on your right and continue up lane for 100m.
  4. At the top, pass through a stone gap. You should see great views ahead.
  5. Bear right along top of field.
  6. Ignore way on right and bear left sharply down the hill
  7. Follow old bridle way down the hill ignoring path on right [140]
  8. Go all of the way to the bottom of the hill
  9. Cross styl then cross bridge following yellow path arrows
  10. Cross another styl
  11. Climb up hill across field following path – [200]
  12. Cross a second bridge and take steps up the hill
  13. Follow the path along the side of another field
  14. Cross another styl into the wood
  15. Drop down a steep path into the valley below
  16. Follow the path as it rises again and at the top you will see a stone tunnel
  17. Climb up onto path above the tunnel and turn right to head down hill
  18. Head down hill on the straight path (former tram way) ignoring any routes of for 10 minutes. [250]
  19. At the bottom the path joins a small road. Follow this for 100m and then bear right down a bank and into Froghall Wharf where you will find Hetties Tea Shop
  20. Froghall train station and The Railway pub can be reached by continuing down the road and then turn right when it joins the main road (5 mins)
  21. Make your way across a lock and walk along the opposite side of the canal along the tow path with the canal on your right
  22. After a few minutes you will reach a tunnel. Follow the path up and across the road to the other side of the tunnel.
  23. Walk along the canal tow path for 20 mins
  24. The tow path will cross a “switch-over” bridge to the other side of the canal (bridge 52). This is approximately half-way along the tow path to the Black Lion pub
  25. Continue for another 20 mins and you will arrive at the Black Lion pub
  26. The journey from the Black Lion pub to Old Red Lion pub will take around 1 hour
  27. After refreshments in the pub, walk immediately right out of the door and along the side of the pub
  28. Pass some chicken coups and assorted junk and follow the path up hill bearing right
  29. Walk up the hill and up the steps (the devils staircase) [60]
  30. At the top of the stairs follow the pat straight on and cross a stile after 5 mins
  31. Continue along the path at the side of the field and then cross another stile out of the field and along a fenced path
  32. Cross another stile and into the tarmac drive of Belmont Hall
  33. Walk along the drive downhill until you reach a footpath leaving the drive on the right through a stone wall [80]
  34. Walk down through the valley and wood across a stream and up the other side until you reach the road (Belmont road – a country lane)
  35. Turn right and walk along the road uphill to the top and keep going for 10 mins
  36. Ignore a smaller lane uphill on the right
  37. Enter the village of Ipstones with a row of houses on your left
  38. Just before the junction to the main road, turn left onto a bridal path which runs alongside the playing fields
  39. At the top of the bridal path you will see the Old Red Lion pub on your right
  40. After refreshments in the Old Red Lion pub, exit the pub and turn left and left up along the road until you reach the Village shop on your left
  41. At this point you can see the Marquee of Granby pub just up the next lane opposite the shop
  42. Turn right opposite the shop down Brookfields road and follow the road downhill past the school (on left) and you will shortly pass the Sea Lion pub on your left
  43. Keep walking downhill until you get to house number 75
  44. Turn left along the footpath down the side of number 75 and then walk along the lane uphill [120]
  45. Continue walking along Shay Lane and after 10mins the road becomes a footpath – ignore farm drives on left and right
  46. The footpath dives down into a wooded valley and across a small bridge before rising up on the opposite side
  47. You should reach the corner of a garden. Turn left here and follow the path uphill along the wall (do not carry straight-on across the field)
  48. The footpath will now return to a lane and follow it right and up the hill
  49. After 5 mins you will see Shawgate Farm Guest House on the hill to your left

The first section highlighed on the map below isn't currently correct as the original footpath collapsed. It is correct from Froghall Wharf onwards.