Alton, Staffordshire, ST10 4DB, (5 miles, 8kms), Tel: 0871 222 3330, www.altontowers.com
New for 2013, dont miss the brand new 'world first' roller coster-The Smiler- arriving at the Resort.
Derbyshire, DE6 2AY, (5 miles, 8kms), 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.
Alstonefield is a small picturesque village in the Peak District National Park. It is located in Staffordshire, near to the border of Derbyshire, between the valleys of the rivers Dove and the Manifold.
The UK's largest collection of rare birds set in 32 acres of beautiful parkland and water features Penguin Enclosure with underwater viewing cave with raised walkways. Tropical House, Flamingo Enclosure and Lemur Ledge.
The Churnet Valley Railway takes you on a journey back to the classic days of railway travel on a rural line that passes through beautiful countryside known as Staffordshire's """"Little Switzerland"""".
Rail Route: Cheddleton, Consall, Froghall, Consall, Cheddleton
Froghall, Nr Cheadle, Staffordshire, (3 miles, 6kms), Tel: 01538 754780, www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk
Froghall's landscape was dominated by the Thomas Bolton Brass and Copper works, but is best known for its beautiful wharf, boat trips and Froghall Station to the Churnet Valley Railway.
Nr Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 7TP, (2 miles, 4kms), 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.
Village Centre, Ilam, Nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 2AZ, (4 miles, 7kms), Tel: 01335 350429, Email
The village lies at the terminus of the narrow-gauge Leek & Manifold Valley Light Railway; the track now a walk/cycle route. The old station has been beautifully restored and is now a visitor centre with car park, toilets and tea shop.
Nr Cheadle, Staffordshire, ST10 2DQ, (4 miles, 6kms), Tel: 01538 754780
The pleasant countryside in which it stands and its proximity to Alton Towers makes this an ideal place to stay for people wishing to combine a visit to the theme park with walks in the beautiful countyside of the Staffordshire Moorlands.