OK, so I exaggerated about the snowdrifts. And the wind gusts were caused by vehicles swooshing by me on the heavily trafficked B road connecting Abbots Bromley to Uttoxeter. The only access to the Staffordshire Way from Marsh Farm B&B is by walking one mile south on the busy B road to Abbots Bromley or walking two miles north on the B road to join a low-traffic C road which connects to the Staffordshire Way. I chose north.
|Broken directional sign; overgrown stile|
I’ve been told that the farmers are supposed to maintain the stiles and gates, as well as keep the rights of way clear, and in return the county pays them some sort of stipend. Perhaps the county reneged on its payments, or perhaps farmers find it too expensive to keep their part of the bargain. Whatever the reason, one would do well to avoid the Staffordshire Way. Fortunately, tomorrow I join the Limestone Way, and hope that it is properly maintained.
|Shopping carts in creek|
|Anthony and Bridget|
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