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Staffordshire, ST16 1DJ, Tel: 01785 619619, visitstafford.org
For centuries, travellers by stagecoach and narrowboat have broken their journeys to enjoy all that Stafford has to offer. Today you'll find us even easier to reach by road, rail and air from every corner of the globe.
Leek, Staffordshire, ST13, Tel: 01889 880100
Impressive gritstone edges and craggy rocks loved by walkers and climbers. It groups together two main gritstone outcrops - Ramshaw Rocks famous for the Winking Man rock formation and 'Hen Cloud' offering stunning panoramic views.
Rudyard, Nr Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 8XB, Tel: 01538 306280, www.rudyardlake.com
Rudyard Lake provides some of the most dramatic scenery to be found in the Staffordshire Moorlands. Over two miles long and surrounded by woodland.
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.
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.
White Peak Estate Office, Home Farm, Ilam, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 2AZ, Tel: 01335 350503, Email, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ilam-park-dovedale-and-the-white-peak/
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.
Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, WS12 4PW, Tel: 01543 871773
The park has waymarked walking and cycling trails including a trail for the visually impaired. Marquis Drive Visitor Centre includes an adventure play area, Great War Interpretation Centre and Education Centre.
Longnor, Nr Buxton, Staffordshire Moorlands, ., Tel: 01538 399365
Hollinsclough is a small farming hamlet which lies on the upper reaches of the River Dove. The situation of the village is a spectacular one, overshadowed as it is by the cocks-comb ridge of Chrome Hill.
Tittesworth Visitor Centre, Meerbrook, Nr Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 8SW, Tel: 01538 300400, www.stwater.co.uk
An ideal part of a great day out in the Peak District National Park. There's something for everyone to enjoy; visitor centre, restaurant, gift shop, children's play area and easy access walks.
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.
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Weeford is thought to have been a centre for the cult of Woden and the site of a pagan temple. The church is small and contains a window depicting Pilate washing his hands. supposedly stolen from the Duke d'Orleans in the French Revolution
Quarnford, Nr Buxton, Staffordshire Moorlands, SK17, Tel: 01298 25732
A village worth taking the time to explore. Look out for the the old silk mill (now YHA), the packhorse route and Lud's Church; an immense natural cleft in the rock on the hillside above Gradbach in a forest area known as the Back Forest.
Rudyard, Staffordshire, ST13, Tel: 01538 483741, Email
In fond memory of the place where they first met, Mr and Mrs Kipling named their famous son after this village. With steeply wooded banks, a two and a half mile lake, visitor centre, picnic area, walking, fishing, sailing and cycling.
Although Bagnall is located only a few short miles from the former industrial city of Stoke-on-Trent, it retains a sense of rural isolation and has been described as one of the most tranquil villages in Staffordshire.
Eccleshall, Staffordshire, ST21 6NE, www.eccleshallguide.com
Eccleshall lies in the gentle unfolding Sow Valley, in one of the most picturesque parts of Staffordshire. It is easily accessible from the West Midlands and the North, yet retains an unspoilt charm which many other small towns have lost.