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Forest of Mercia Innovation Centre

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.

Birches Valley Forest Centre

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.


Bath Yard, Moira, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE12 6BA, Tel: 01283 551211, Email,

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.

Ilam Park

White Peak Estate Office, Home Farm, Ilam, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 2AZ, Tel: 01335 350503, Email,

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.

Drayton Bassett

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Drayton Bassett was the home Sir Robert Peel, the founder of the modern day police force - hence ""peelers"".


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

Stoke-on-Trent City Centre

Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 1BS, Tel: 01782 233802, Email,

Stoke-on-Trent City Centre is home to a variety of high street stores and the 3 story Potteries Shopping Centre, where shoppers will be in their element. The Cultural Quarter is home to fantastic theatres and restaurants.

National Trust

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.

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Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 8JR, Tel: 01785 619619

An old market town situated north of Stafford. The Trent and Mersey Canal passes through the town. Stone's reputation for excellent food & drink is cemented by the monthly Farmers' Market and annual Autumn Food & Drink Festival.


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.

Blithfield Reservoir

C/o South Staffordshire Water, Waters Road, Abbots Bromley, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 3DU, Tel: 01922 638282

Blithfield is a large reservoir owned by the South Staffs Water PLC, situated approximately 4 miles North of Rugeley in Staffordshire. The reservoir is divided roughly in half by a causeway. One side is a nature reserve.


Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 7HN, Tel: 01283 508111 , Email

The visitor will find a friendly market town of great attraction at Uttoxeter. Colourful outdoor markets are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays

The Boat House

Grange Road, Biddulph, Staffordshire, ST8 7TZ, Tel: 01538 483741, Email,

Based on the Victorian theme of landscaped views combined with natural features, the 73 acre park offers woodlands, meadows, a large lake and ponds. Paths have been restored and new ones created to give easy access throughout the park.




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.


Brookfields, Thorncliffe, Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 8SL, Tel: 01538 300229

Meerbrook, which lies in the Vale of Frith (a Saxon word for wooded vale between two hills) is a small village with a reservoir. Tittesworth Water has a nature trail, visitor centre, playground for children and a bird hide.


Rue Hill Farm, Rue Hill, Cauldon Lowe, Staffordshire Moorlands, ST10 3HD, Tel: 01538 308437

Waterhouses is the largest village on the south-western edge of the Peak District in the Hamps valley where the old station, once the terminus of the Manifold and Hamps Light Railway can be found.


Hanchurch Hills, Hanchurch, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 8SN, Tel: 01785 619619, Email

Hanchurch Hill Picnic Site provides the setting for three circular walks varying in lengtht from two to seven miles linking the picturesque villages of Hanchurch and Swynnerton. Each walk is well signposted and colour coded.

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