Alton is a very ancient village and one of the area's prettiest; its dramatic, hilly setting in the Churnet Valley is truly enchanting - look out for the village lock-up. It is also home to the world-famous Alton Towers Resort.
From the river and the disused railway track, now a delightful walk, there are magnificent views of the Castle (not open to the public) - its superb position and dark, Gothic design give it the romantic appeal of a fairytale castle, the restored railway station built by Pugin and the old watermill.
Also look for the self-guided walk trail "Furnace Forest" a 4 mile walk which offers superb views over the canopy to Alton and the Churnet Valley.
For those who believe in ghosts, Alton is also considered to be among the most haunted villages in Staffordshire. In particular, the ghost of a figure wearing a top hat and riding a horse has allegedly been sighted numerous times wandering through the fields around the village.
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From Buxton & Stoke-On-Trent, take the A53, heading for Leek. From take the A523 and head into Leek. Once in Leek, take the A523 (signposted for Ashbounre) follow this road for about 11 mile, until after Waterhouses but before Swinscoe, there is a crossroadroads. Turn right and follow the brown tourist signs for Alton Towers. The village of Alton is just beyond the theme park.