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Managed by the National Trust, a beautiful area of open park and woodland, running on both banks of the River Manifold and with spectacular views towards Dovedale. Open all year. Youth Hostel, NT shop, tearoom and small caravan site.
Forestry Commission, West Midlands Forest District, Birches Valley, Lady Hill, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 2UQ, Tel: 01889 586593
Cycle Route: One way MTB trail
A hub for activities in the Cannock Chase forest. Home of Go Ape.
The National Forest is England's most ambitious environmental project. In the Heart of England, across parts of Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire more than 200 sq miles are being transformed to create a new forest.
Chasewater Country Park, Pool Lane, Brownhills, Staffordshire, WS8 7NL, Tel: 01543 370737, Email
An environmentally friendly attraction that includes a visitor centre, lakeside cafe, water activities such as Wakeboarding, Sailing and water ski-ing. Nature walks and nearby heritage steam railway.
Village Centre, Ilam, Nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 2AZ, Tel: 01335 350429, Email
The village lies at the terminus of the narrow-gauge Leek & Manifold Valley Light Railway; the track now a walk/cycle route. The old station has been beautifully restored and is now a visitor centre with car park, toilets and tea shop.
Hulme End, Staffordshire, SK17, Tel: 01538 483741, Email
The village lies at the terminus of the former narrow-gauge Leek & Manifold Valley Light Railway, the track now walk/cycle route. The old station has been beautifully restored now an excellent visitor centre, car park, toilets and tea shop.
Codsall, Staffordshire, WV8 1PX, Tel: 01902 696000
South Staffordshire is a rural haven which is steeped in history and heritage. A great area for walks, with Stately homes aplenty, it offers a host of intriguing spectacular places including Weston Park, Moseley Old Hall & Chillington Hall.
Longsdon Memorial Hall, Leek Road, Longsdon, Staffordshire Moorlands, ST99QA, Tel: 01782 502940
Longsdon is the centre of an extensive and wooded parish that extends to the Churnet and includes the high land of Ladderedge as well as the hamlet of Horse Bridge.
Staffordshire , ST10 2LA, Tel: 01538 266228
Ipstones is a pretty village nestled in the Staffordshire Peak District. An attractive, friendly village with nearby nature reserve and good walks, it is close to the picturesque Churnet Valley and world renowned 'Alton Towers'.
Nr Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 0NS, Tel: 01538 483741
Longnor is a sizeable village with its bustling cobbled square overlooked by the historic Longnor Craft Centre and quaint streets of stone houses. It nestles between the Dove and Manifold valleys and is a good starting point for many walks.
Staffordshire Moorlands, ST10 2DQ, Tel: 01538 754780
Kingsley is an irregularly built village in two halves; Kingsley & Kingsley Holt, set on a hillside in the beautiful Churnet Valley and home to the Kingsley Bird & Falconry Centre.
Kinver, Staffordshire, WV8 1PX, Tel: 01902 696539
Without doubt, most of the visitors come to Kinver to see the Edge - 200 acres of open access land owned, with the renowned rock houses, by the National Trust.
Barlaston, Staffordshire, ST219AA, Tel: 01785 619619
An ancient parish and large village of Stafford overlooking the Trent valley. The name is of Anglo Saxon origin. Barlaston is the gateway to the Downs Banks - owned by the National Trust