An historic market town with a reputation for unusual shops, antiques, good food and award winning teashops. With connections to William Morris, James Brindley, Thomas Wardle and Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Although Bagnall is located only a few short miles from the former industrial city of Stoke-on-Trent, it retains a sense of rural isolation and has been described as one of the most tranquil villages in Staffordshire.
The Biddulph Valley Way lies just west of the town of Biddulph, situated in the north west area of the Staffordshire Moorlands. Following the former railway along the Biddulph Valley, The Way is a 4.5 mile flat surfaced path.
Brough Park, Ball Haye Road, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 6HQ, (3 miles, 5kms), Tel: 01538 395578, Email, www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/sm/park/brough-park-fields-local-nature-reserve-leek
Brough Park Fields Local Nature Reserve is a site of open meadow and woodland adjacent to the centre of Leek affording spectacular views north towards the Roaches and Hen Cloud. A superb spot for the artist, photographer or ecologist.
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, (5 miles, 8kms), 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.
The site comprises of an easy level and broad path surrounding a man-made body of water dating back to 1846. The designed landscape of the site suggests a connection with Hales Hall built in 1722.
Longsdon Memorial Hall, Leek Road, Longsdon, Staffordshire Moorlands, ST99QA, (1 miles, 2kms), Tel: 01782 502940
Longsdon is the centre of an extensive and wooded parish that extends to the Churnet and includes the high land of Ladderedge as well as the hamlet of Horse Bridge.
Take a magical 3 mile return trip alongside beautiful historic Rudyard Lake. Our Victorian style narrow gauge steam trains are the best way to see and access the Lake's attractions.
SMDC Visitor Services, Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, Leek, ST13 6HQ, (3 miles, 5kms), Tel: 01538 382588
Stockton Brook lies in a valley about 9 miles northeast of Newcastle. The central point of the village is the meeting of roads from Endon, Stanley, Baddeley Green and Brown Edge. The Caldon canal passes a few yards to the west.
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.