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Water flows at popular beauty spot

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

  • The river overflows on to the Tarmac road.

  • The Stepping Stones.

  • The river overflows on to the tarmac road

  • Carole Jackson, of Ipstones, at the start of where the river overflowed on to the road. Walkers used the adjacent fields to gain access to the Stepping Stones as the water became deeper.

  • The river overflows on to the tarmac road

  • The JCBs set off to help stricken areas.

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THE road leading to one of the most popular and idyllic tourist locations in the Staffordshire Moorlands suffered from flooding during the last week.

Walkers using the road from the car park at Dovedale near Ilam to the picture postcard site of the Stepping Stones, which joins the Staffordshire Moorlands and the county of Derbyshire, needed their Wellington boots as the river spilled over to the track.

On Sunday hundreds of visitors descended on the picturesque location. However many had to take a diversion around the fields to get to the Stepping Stones which are set in the river where the water is usually running well below the top of the stones.

But during the recent weather the flow of the water has been racing down at a fast and high levels over the top of the stones, making it dangerous for walkers to cross.

Throughout the year the area attracts thousands of tourists and has also been the location for a number of film sets.

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