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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, www.nationalforest.co.uk

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.

 
 
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.

 
 
Ilam Park

White Peak Estate Office, Home Farm, Ilam, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 2AZ, Tel: 01335 350503, Email, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/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

Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 1BG, Tel:

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.

 
 

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.

 
 
Brewood

35 Stafford Street, Brewood, Staffordshire, ST199DX, Tel: 01902 850809, Email, www.brewoodandcovenparish.org.uk

Situated in the south-west of Staffordshire and adjoining the Shropshire border, Brewood and Coven Parish is the largest in area in SOuth Staffordshire, covering some 12,500 acres.

 
 
Baggeridge Country Park
Green Flag Award

Gospel End, Sedgley, Dudley, West Midlands, DY3 4HB, Tel: 01902882605, Email, www.sstaffs.gov.uk/baggeridge

Baggeridge Country Park is a beautiful area of countryside on the doorstep of the Black Country. Being set back from the roads, its secluded delights are revealed to you as you explore further.

 
 

Derbyshire, SK17 0SE, Tel: 0845 833 0970

Axe Edge Moor is the major moorland, west of Buxton in the Peak District The moor is the source of the River Dove, River Manifold, River Dane, River Wye and River Goyt. Lay by on A53 road. Axe Edge Grid Ref: SK 034 697.

 
 
Longnor

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.

 
 

Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 5DR, Tel: 01283 508111, Email, www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

Small rural village situated between Uttoxeter and Ashbourne. It is located next to the river Churnet and has a church, pub, shop, farm shop & cafe. Access the Churnet Valley Way cycle route & the Staffordshire Way from the village centre.

 
 
Branston Water Park
Green Flag Award

Lichfield Road, Branston, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 3HD, Tel:

40-acre lake surrounded by woodland, wetland and meadows that supports a wide range of wildlife with one mile surfaced path around the lake.

 
 

Codsall, Staffordshire, WV8 1PX, Tel: 01902 696000

South Staffordshire is a rural haven which is steeped in history and heritage. A great area for walks, with Stately homes aplenty, it offers a host of intriguing spectacular places including Weston Park, Moseley Old Hall & Chillington Hall.

 
 
Basford Bridge Cheddleton

Cheddleton, Nr Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 7HL, Tel: 01782 503229

Much of Cheddleton straddles the A520 immediately to the south of the river Churnet and the Caldon Canal, but the true heart of this quaint old village lies away from the main road, around the 12th century parish church of St Edward.

 
 

Mill Lane, Oakamoor, Nr Cheadle, Staffordshire Moorlands, ST10 3AG, Tel: 01538 266909, Email, www.staffordshire.gov.uk/environment/eLand/Countryside/OpenSpaces/OpenSpacesOakamoor.aspx

Picnic place on the banks of the River Churnet in the heart of a picturesque valley. Large grass area on either side of the river. Remains of industrial past can still be seen and link to a local heritage trail.

 
 
Barton under Needwood

Burton upon Trent, Staffodshire, DE13 8AF, Tel: 01283 508111, Email, www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

Barton lies on the Old Roman Rykneld Street which ran north from Lichfield to Burton. As traffic increased so has the importance of the village.

 
 
Alton, Staffordshire Peak District

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.

 
 

Nr Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 7TP, Tel: 01538 304313

Grindon is a delightful moorland hill village strategically situated above the most interesting and exciting section of the Manifold Valley. There is a car park and picnic spot beside the church.

 
 
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