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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.
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.
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.
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.
Consall Forge, Nr Wetley Rocks, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST9 0AF, Tel: 01782 550939, Email, www.staffordshire.gov.uk/environment/eLand/Countryside/OpenSpaces/OpenSpacesConsallNaturePark.aspx
Consall Nature Park is situated within the valley of the River Churnet and there are beautiful woodland walks through with good connections onto the Rights of Way.
Nr Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands, ST9 9EX, Tel: 01782 503918, Email
Endon is a pleasant village four miles South West of Leek which hosts an annual Well Dressing ceremony every May. Canalside pubs can be found along the Caldon Canal which runs through the 'old village'.
Staffordshire Moorlands, ST10 1AQ, Tel: 01538 483860, Email
Discover Cheadle, home to 'Pugin's Gem', one of Britain's finest churches and gateway to the beautiful Churnet Valley steeped in industrial heritage. Visit the restored Victorian market hall or follow the art trail of unusual sculptures.
Hulme End, Near Hartington, Staffordshire, SK17 0EZ, Tel: 01538 483740
A deep limestone valley of steeply wooded slopes and towering rock pinnacles. Perfect for walks and cycling
Wheaton Aston, Staffordshire, ST19 9PT, Tel: 01785 841639
Wheaton Aston is a small village within South Staffordshire. It is a picturesque and traditional English village which prides itself on its sense of community.
Ladderedge, Car Park SunnyHills Road, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 7AA, Tel: 01538 395577, Email, www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/sm/park/ladderedge-country-park-leek
Ladderedge Country Park comprises of 30 hectares (70 acres) of fields and woodland, with ponds, marshland and streams, lying in two contrasting sections.
Staffordshire, WV8 1PX, Tel: 01384 873878
Kinver is a beautiful village lying at the foot of a sandstone ridge. This traditional English village has lots to offer its visitors. Why not visit Kinver for yourself and enjoy the delights this traditional English village has to offer.
From Runcorn - Shardlow, ST15 8YP, Tel:
The Trent & Mersey Canal is a vital part of the network’s heritage, the ambitious project of the great canal engineer James Brindley. It is full of interesting features that reflect its history, including Harecastle Tunnel.
Hanbury, Draycott in the Clay, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, DE6 5HQ, Tel: 01283 508111
Hanbury Common is a picnic area that boasts beautiful views over the Dove Valley. The nearby Cock Inn is the starting point for three local walks throughout the surrounding countryside (available from Burton TIC).
Staffordshire, DE6 2HQ, Tel: , www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk
Mayfield is a village in Staffordshire on the outskirts of Ashbourne, Derbyshire, and about 9 miles from Uttoxeter. It lies on the banks of the River Dove and borders the Peak District National Park. It has a well-dressing in mid-June.
Biddulph, Staffordshire, ST8 7HZ, Tel: 01782 297836
Biddulph Moor is a large village located on the hill which bears the same name. It is semi-rural and is the source of the River Trent.