The Beaconside to Derrington Cycle Route is an ideal way to get into Stafford town centre from both the north and west of the town. It’s traffic free route for most of its length and passes through some of Stafford's most idyllic settings.
The Route Starts from The Haybarns, just off Sandon Road at the junction with Beaconside, and passes along a long stretch of disused railway line, now known as the Isobel Trail.
Access can be gained at several points: from Astonfields Balancing Lakes Local Nature Reserve, Common Road and Drummond Road. There is also access from the new housing off Cooperative Street, from Stone Road via Stafford Common and from Izaak Walton Street.
The Route passes through Doxey Marshes Nature Reserve and access to this section can be gained via Greyfriars Industrial Estate. The Route then passes round to Sainsbury's or across Doxey Road (take care here) to North Castle Street and through Castletown to Castle Street. Follow the route over the humped back bridge to Martin Drive, turn right and go straight on at the roundabout. Now follow the farm road (please note: this is a private road and cyclists should dismount) until a cycle gate on the right onto another disused railway line. The next stretch is called the Stafford to Newport Greenway.
About a mile and a half from here, you will reach Derrington, where you will find the fabulous Millennium Green, Duddas Wood, as well as the Playing Field by St Matthew’s Church, where there is some lovely new children’s play equipment!
From Derrington, The Greenway stretches out past Haughton, Gnosall and then onwards - all the way to Newport!
The route from Beaconside to Derrington is approximately 4 miles. From Beaconside to Sainsbury's is 1.7 miles and Derrington to Sainsbury's is 2.3 miles - both ideal cycling distances for work, school, shopping or leisure.