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.
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.
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, www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/TrailLeafletMap(Red).pdf/$FILE/TrailLeafletMap(Red).pdf
A hub for activities in the Cannock Chase forest. Home of Go Ape.
Cycle Route: One way MTB trail
Longnor, Nr Buxton, Staffordshire Moorlands, Tel: 01298 83515
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.
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.
Quarnford, Nr Buxton, Staffordshire Moorlands, SK17 0TN, Tel: 01298 25732
Flash, Staffordshire is reputedly the highest village in England at 1514 feet above sea level. It was once a hideout for footpads, highwaymen and counterfeiters. Prize fights took place at Three Shire Heads.
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.
Sheen, Staffordshire, SK17, Tel: 01538 483741, Email
A small village strung out along a gritstone ridge between the Dove and Manifold valleys. It is a quiet place, unlike the bustle of nearby Hartington. Sheen Hill a fine viewpoint from which to survey the upper Dove and Manifold Valleys.
The name Elford is said to derive from the eels, which were at one time plentiful in the river.
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.
The Historic village of Tutbury is on the banks of the River Dove, and dominated by the remains of the imposing Tutbury Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned three times. Today the Castle offers new and exciting attractions.
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.
Greenway Bank Road, Knypersley, Knypersley, Nr Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST8 7QX, Tel: 01782 518200, Email, www.staffordshire.gov.uk/environment/eLand/Countryside/OpenSpaces/OpenSpacesGreenwayBank.aspx
Old estate parkland retaining many of the original and interesting historical features with 114 acres of beautiful woodland walks around the Serpentine Lake and Knypersley reservoir. Children's adventure play area adjacent to the visitor ce
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Staffordshire Moorlands, 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'.
Stoke-on-Trent to Froghall Wharf, Staffordshire, ST10 2HQ, www.waterwaysleisure.com/waterway/caldon-canal/
Built in 1776, the Caldon Canal is widely seen as one of the most interesting waterways in the country. Very much a canal of contrasts, it begins in the centre of the Potteries passing through remote countryside and the Churnet Valley.