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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Church Eaton, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST20 0AQ, Tel:
Church Eaton is a small pleasant village in central Staffordshire with a population of about 500. It consists of a main street with a few cul-de-sacs and some houses on the five roads that lead into the village.
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.
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.
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The name Elford is said to derive from the eels, which were at one time plentiful in the river.
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.
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.
Eccleshall, Staffordshire, ST21 6NE, Tel: , 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.
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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
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.