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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.
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.
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.
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Drayton Bassett was the home Sir Robert Peel, the founder of the modern day police force - hence ""peelers"".
Etwall was originally named after the Saxon King 'Eata' whose well or spring still survives near the parish church in the village centre. St Helen, to whom the church is dedicated, is associated with Holy Wells elsewhere in the Country.
Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, WS15 3DE, Tel: 01283 508111, Email
The village of Abbots Bromley is internationally known for its annual Horn Dance, a fascinating ancient custom dating from 1226. The name orignates from Broom Leah (a clearing in a forest) set in the midst of Needwood Forest.
Derbyshire, DE6 2AY, Tel: 01335 343666, Email
Dovedale is a renowned beauty spot -although it is actually around 2-3 miles long! The River Dove flows through Milldale, Wolscote Dale and Beresford Dale. Famous for its stepping stones, Lionshead rock, caves and literary connections.
Elkstones, Nr Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands, SK17 OLS, Tel: 01298 84730
Elkstone comprises two farming hamlets, Upper and Lower Elkstone, in the hillside above Warslow Brook. It is sheltered to the west by the moorland ridge from which magnificent views across to the Roaches and Ramshaw Rocks can be seen.
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.
Staffordshire, SK11 0SH
Well known for its lonely church, the 'Chapel in the Wilderness', this is a pleasant, moorland village nestling under the 'Cloud'. Nearby lies the ancient neolithic monument The Bridestones.
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
Staffordshire Moorlands, ST10 4BW, Tel: 01538 702077, www.alton-staffs.co.uk
Alton is a very ancient village and one of the area's prettiest; its dramatic, hilly setting in the Churnet Valley is truly enchanting. It is home to the world-famous Alton Towers Resort.
Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 1BG
Cannock is a Southern Staffordshire town which sits to the south of Cannock Chase, the smallest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England. The town Centre has outdoor and indoor markets and a shopping centre.