The PEAK DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK offers stunning scenery and breathtaking landscapes for you to enjoy and explore, covering 4
different counties of Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire.
The small rural parish of Tittesworth sits on the SOUTH WESTERN EDGE OF THE PEAK DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK near the North Staffordshire/ Derbyshire border between the market towns of Leek (5 mins) and the spa town of Buxton (15 mins), Ashbourne and Macclesfield (25 mins) and with one of the most beautiful runs over the hills of the Peak District to Bakewell (35 mins) with its famous Bakewell pudding - so is ideal for exploring the Peak District National Park and wider area.
The area is also known as the 'Staffordshire Peaks' or the 'Staffordshire Moorlands' and has excellent walking and outdoor pursuits including cycling and climbing close by. Tittesworth Reservoir has its own circular nature trail with excellent children's playground, cafe and gift shop and Peak Pursuits watersports centre offer a variety of water sports activities on the reservoir, including kayaking and canoeing
Being situated on the North Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Cheshire borders ideally situated for visiting some of the countries TOP ATTRACTIONS:
THE ROACHES are some of the most spectacular gritstone rock formations in the UK.
Very popular for WALKING as well as CLIMBING and are situated on the south western edge of the Peak District National Park in Staffordshire.
From here you get some of the areas most dramatic and scenic landscape and with panoramic views over the tranquil Tittesworth Water and its green valley or on the other side you get beautiful views over purple heather moorlands.
As well as being a popular place for recreation The Roaches is an amazing place for wildlife. In fact, the area is protected both nationally and internationally for its wildlife and rare wild habitats:-
Find out more:-
The Roaches Website includes details of 5 circular short and longer walks
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Website now manages The Roaches and this stunning 975 acre landscape of the Peak District
ALTON TOWERS Theme Resort is Britains premier theme park and is only 25 minutes drive away where you can take on all the thrills of the rides and then return to the peace and quiet of the countryside at night.
CBeebies Land - at Alton Towers Resort is home to the very first CBeebies Land with unique themed rides, attractions and live entertainment for children and young families, where CBeebies views can to step right into thier world.
Splash Landing Waterpark boasts hundreds of fantastic interactive water features, from lazy rivers and crazy cannons, to the sensational speed of the Master Blaster water rollercoaster. The Waterpark's Caribbean lagoon offers gallons of excitement for kids of all ages, and is open all year round
Alton Towers Spa - Spoil yourself with a range of personalised spa treatments, from a revitalizing facial to a heavenly massage or aromatic body treatment - seperate entrance to the Theme Park
Holloween Scarefest and Fireworks spectacular events - in October and November
A fantastic variety of historic houses in the area - which also have superb gardens - including:-
AND GREAT GARDENS:-
Other gardens in the area include:-
2016 IS YEAR OF THE ENGLISH GARDEN!
VisitEngland hand picks 20 of the'the best' and 'most exciting' ....
"England has some of the finest gardens in the world from dramatic historic landscapes designed by ‘Capability’ Brown to fragrant English rose gardens. 2016 is the year of the English garden so come and join us for a sensory experience as we hand pick 20 of the most exciting..."
and listed are 3 in our area:-
No 2 - Arley Hall & Gardens, Cheshire
No 5 - Biddulph Grange Garden, Staffordshire
No 10 - Chatsworth, Derbyshire
Checkout the list here
Visit and explore the PEAK DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK countryside and wider area - Popular areas include nearby The Roaches, Tittesworth Reservoir, Rudyard Lake, Manifold Valley with Manifold cycle/walking track, Dovedale, Ilam, Churnet Valley, Goyt Valley.
National Trust Walks in the area:
Ilam Park to Dovedale Stepping Stones: (2.5 miles/4km) Discover the limestone countryside of the southern Peak District, famed for its wildlife and geology. Starting at the tranquil Victorian landscape and woodland of Ilam Park, this easy walk takes you into Dovedale, an iconic and spectacular gorge carved out by the river Dove.
Manifold Valley Wetton to Ilam: (10 miles/6km) This circular walk from the stone built village of Wetton, in the Peak District National Park, explores Thor's Cave and then continues down to Ilam Park, before returning along the opposite side of the River Manifold.
CAVES AND CAVERNS
Great places for exploring if the weather is not so good - but bear in mind on a hot summers day with just a T-shirt on it can be cold down there!
The closest is at Pooles Cavern and Country Park at Buxton, only 15 minuets drive away.
2013 was the 160th anniversary of Poole's cavern as a Show cave. It was opened in 1853 by the Duke of Devonshire and equipped with walkways for visitors and the latest incandescent gas lighting.
With a beautiful drive over Peak District Countryside to Castleton village there are 3 more caverns at Castleton including World Famous Blue John Cavern, Speedwell and Peak Caverns, Treak Cliff Cavern.
4 cycle trails that are mainly traffic free - with bike hire available
CYCLING TOUR OF BRITAIN - passing our doorstep!
13 - 16 Sept 2015
Stage 6 - Stoke on Trent to Nottingham - covers OUR LOCAL AREA!
Try some of the route challenges yourself anytime during your stay with us - it may be a challenge but the Peak District views area fabulous!
CYCLING TOUR RIDE OF 100 - on our doorstep!!
Sunday 5th October 2015
- if you cant make this date - then challenge yourself on some of the great routes used around here on our doorstep!
Tour Ride 100 - Professional Route
Tour Ride 100 - Challenge Route
Horse riding or pony treking at nearby Northfield Farm at Flash (just 10 minutes drive)
Flash is Englands highest village - so some spectacular views in this lovely part of the Peak District
WATER SPORTS ACTIVITY
Tittesworth Water Sports and Activity Centre - So close! A family run business with 19 years experience, based just on the opposite shores of Tittesworth Reservoir to our holiday cottage, near Leek, in this Staffordshire Peak District area.
Water activities include:-
Please check out their website for opening and activity session times.
Splash Landings Caribbean themed water park at Alton Towers (can enter seperate to Alton Towers) has fantastic water rides including a sensational water rollercoaster as well as more sedate lazy rivers.
Waterworld, the UK's no1 Indoor Tropical Aqua Park at Festival Park in Stoke.
The Mill Wheel Spa - NEW Spa facility - just under a mile from our holiday cottages! Perfect for treats and pampering.
The Mill Wheel Spa is at our local country hotel, it is new in 2015 and is open to the public (ie not just for their hotel stays) - and therefore this is a facility that is close to our property which is available for guests to use/experience - they do various packages and prices and if you look on their website it will tell you all about it - if you also want to sign up to their newsletter/mailing list they will let you know about any discounts or special offers.
Other nearby places include:-
The Spa at The Dome in Buxton
The Spa at Alton Towers Resort
The Retreat in Leek
Knit and Natter, Crochet, Sewing, Pottery Throwing, Decopatch, Pottery Painting, Clay Modelling, Needle Felting, Beading, Jewellery - something for either individual members of family or for a get together with a group of your friends ..... or just pop into the shops, browse, purchase and bring something back to do curled up by our lovely log fire!
Some lovely ideas for the 'gentle' hens parties we sometimes host (some places will make you a bespoke craft afternoon) combined with a peak district walk, maybe abit of outdoor pursuits and a good meal at the local pub or restaurant.
Manifold Valley Craft Barn - in the heart of the Peak District, about 15 minutes drive away - have previously hosted some of our 'gentle' 'creative' hen parties
TOAST - Totally Original Artisans Staffordshire - Getcliffes Yard in Leek
Bibelot - Craft Shop with Craft Workshops
Cabbage Rose - St Edwards Street, Leek
Yard Tearooms - Getcliffe Yard in Leek
PERSONALISED PRIVATE TOURS
Peaks, Plains and Pottery Tours provide luxury personalised tours across the Peak District, Cheshire Plains and the China Potteries Factories and Shops around Stoke on Trent. For small groups from 4 upwards - discover some of the areas most beautiful and interesting sights. Prices include luxury travel, lunch, refreshments and a tour guide leader to look after your day. Tailored packages are also available.
Coombes Valley RSPB Nature Reserve - please check website for opening times.
A delightful oak woodland to walk through – especially in spring and early summer when lots of migrating birds come to breed at the reserve. Birds you may see on the steep valley sides include
flycatchers, redstarts and wood warblers. There are a wide variety of butterflies to spot too.
In winter, redwings, fieldfares and winter finches are regular visitors. There's a nature trail so the reserve is a good place for people of all ages to get closer to nature, although the footpaths are steep in places.
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves - all site locations can be found on their website.
Staffordshire Wildlife owns and manages some 26 nature reserves - those close by include:-
Brown End Quarry: A former limestone quarry now managed as a geological nature reserve near Waterhouses.Highlights: Visit all year round to enjoy the dramatic rock exposures.
Ipstones Edge: A mixture of heathland, moorland and woodland near Ipstones. Highlights: The heathland is at its best in late summer when the hillside is covered in swathes of purple heather.
Castern Wood: Ancient woodland and species rich limestone grassland in the Manifold Valley. Highlights: Visit in late summer to see aromatic wild thyme and yellow rockrose and an abundance of butterflies.
Rod Wood: A 40 acre nature reserve near Cheddleton which consists of some of the finest wildflower meadows in the county. Highlights: Visit in July to see the flowers at their best and look out for orchids.
Thorswood: Flower rich pastures and a spectacular rolling landscape in the Weaver Hills. Highlights: Visit during summer to see orchids and look for hares lying quietly in the grass.
Weag's Barn: Picturesque meadows and woodland near Waterhouses. Highlights: Walk to the derelict barn at the top of the hillside to get spectacular views across the Manifold Valley.
Harston Wood: A flower filled ancient woodland in the Churnet Valley. Highlights: Woodland wildflowers in spring, with wild garlic carpeting the woodland floor.
Side Farm Meadows: 10 acres of attractive wildflower meadows and a trickling waterfall near Oakamoor.Highlights: In mid summer catch knapweed and ox-eye daisy in flower and dragonflies buzzing around the small pond
Stoke-on-Trent has been shaped by the pottery industry for over 300 years and is affectionately known the world over as 'The Potteries'.
Visit Stoke on Trent, the world capital of pottery with museums & factory tours & over 20 factory outlets including Burleigh, Emma Bridgewater, Moorcroft, Wedgewood, Spode, Portmeireon, Royal Worcester, Aynsley, Denby Factory Outlet, Hudson and Middleton
Enjoy the complete ceramics experience and the Ceramics Trail. You can also discover the history and heritage of the Potteries at award-winning museums and visitor centres, see world renowned collections, go on a factory tour and meet the skilled workers and learn about the skills and craftsmanship that go into producing this famous pottery. Have a go at creating your own masterpiece with the many hands-on opportunities available, and shop till you drop or pick up a bargain with the many pottery factory shops in the City.
Joderall Bank Observatory & Discovery Centre with its
world famous giant Lovel Telescope and from where BBC programme Star Gazing Live 2012/13 /14 comes from.
National Memorial Arboretum is the UK's Centre of Remembrance
and set in 150 acres of trees, gardens and wildflower meadows
There are some good local village pubs serving home cooked food and real ale.
2 private chefs have previous cooked for guests - please contact us for their details.
Various tea rooms in the area-
Sheila's Restaurant and Tea Room - a small and friendly family run establishment based at Intakes Farm, Rushton Spencer in 400 year old farmhouse - for afternoon tea or cream teas and four course Sunday lunch menu - Special occasions and group bookings can also be catered for. Please check opening times.
White Hart Tea Rooms - Leek (on Stockwell Street, just off the market place) - Leek's oldest tearoom!
The Yard Tearooms in Getcliffe Yard, Leek
Waterview Restaurant - at Tittesworth Water Amenity Area
The Roaches Tearoom - near to the The Roaches
Ashbourne Shrove Tide Festival
Well Dressings in surrounding local villages throughout the Peak District
LOCAL SHOPS and SHOPPING
Leek is only about 5 minutes drive away from the holiday cottages.
This historic market town on the edge of the Peak District National Park won THE DAILY TELEGRAPH'S 'HIGH STREET OF THE YEAR' RUNNER UP 2013.
With a 900 year old market charter and market place, it includes chemists, butchers, greengrocers, bakery, Post Office, variety of restaurants and takeaways as well as many independent shops, with local market days and fine food fair.
There are also main supermarkets, Morrisons, Waitrose, Sainsburys, small Aldi and Asda.
Visit Leek - a new website listing events, attractions, food and drink places, shopping, outdoor activities
Check out the new Leek Video which includes our local area Peak District countryside and The Roaches.
Getliffes Yard in Leek - Restored 19th Century Getliffes Yard is a vibrant community of shops, businesses and cafes. Original cobblestones below a magnificent glass dome offers a relaxed atmosphere.
The Spa town of Buxton is just 15 minutes drive away over some beautiful Peak District Countryside. With independant shops and a shopping centre, Buxton Opera House and the Pavilion gardens to mention just a few things
Explore Buxton - ultimate online guide to events, news and things to do in Buxton
Ashbourne, Bakewell and Macclesfield market towns are also just short drives away.
FARMERS MARKETS AND FIND FOOD FAIRS - Produce and crafts that are grown, reared, cooked, pickled, smoked, brewed or made locally are for sale:-
Buxton Farmers' Market - generally held first Thursday of every month inside the Octagon Hall at the Pavillion Gardens in Buxon.
Bakewell Farmers Market - Generally held on the last Saturday of every month (sometime early for Christmas, and sometime not January - please check)
Held at the Agricultural Business Centre it is now not only widely recognised as home to one of the UK's top five livestock markets – and it has the second largest farmers' market in the country, with only Winchester boasting a larger number of stall holders - regularly attracting more than 5,000 visitors and is so popular that many of the 70 stall holders are selling out before closing time – and there is a waiting list of more than 50 traders.
Ashbourne Farmers' Market - Generally held fourth Thursday of every month.
Rhode Hall - first Saturday of every month (except January)
Treacle Market Macclesfield - last sunday of every month (except December)
A Bustling Arts, Antiques, Crafts, Food and Drink Market, held on the cobbles of the historic Marketplace in Macclesfield. With around 140 stalls of exceptional food and drink, unique crafts and vintage finds.
A relaxed shopping experience with in the stunning countryside of Derbyshire and the Peak District - with national named retailers such as Mountain Warehouse, Pavers Shoes, Cotton Traders and Field and Trek mingle with stores such as Authentic Furniture, The Wool Room and The Gift Company. Enjoy great value and choice in fashion and accessories, home ware and gifts, outdoor clothing and equipment and much more.
Just a short distance from the market town of Bakewell or Haddon Hall, and just two miles from Chatsworth House and Gardens.
Includes The Midlands Grand National. Go and experience the excitement and anticipation as the horses thunder past, at the second longest steeple chase in the country!
Occupied since the Stone Age, the castle is first recorded in 1071, as one of the new castles built to stamp the authority of the Norman conquerors across the Midlands. Since then, the castle has played an important part in English history on many occasions, in warfare and in peace.
The castle is best known as one of the prisons of Mary Queen of Scots, who was held here on four occasions. It was here that she became involved in the plot that ultimately led to her bloody execution at Fotheringhay.
After recent restoration work and a programme of archaeological investigation Stafford Castle is considered one of the best surviving examples of Norman earthworks in the country. A programme of archaeological excavations has gradually revealed many of its secrets. Visitors can follow an informative trail of interpretation panels to discover the castle's history. Today, the remains of the castle, together with the surrounding grounds, give visitors a fascinating insight to the 900 year history of this important site.
From the Doorstep: - footpaths include the waymarked ordnance survey map 'Churnet Valley Way' and 'Staffordshire Moorlands Leek to Peak walk' around nearby Tittesworth Water - both of which link into the Nature Trail around Tittesworth Reservoir or other footpaths in the area, including upto The Roaches.
Just some of our top walk suggestions:-
Walking Trails: - traffic free/long distance, Footpaths, Guided walks, Pennine Way, Staffs Way, Peaks way, Peak District walking festival
Want to get out and explore our beautiful countryside - but perhaps abit unsure about following footpaths or where to go - then try Sally Mosely from Sally Mosely Guided Walks. Guided walks from 1-10 miles including local history, facts, features and gossip! - Join in one of her walks with others, or book her for your group walk.
Traffic free trails (or nearly traffic free)
Manifold Track - 9 miles (14.5 km) - NCN route 54
To see on the way:
Monsal Trail -
This spacious, elegant Old Station building has a sun terrace fronting the Monsal Trail for balmy sunny days and outside dining. They also have a large outdoor covered seating area with Wendy Houses and playframe to keep the little ones entertained.
We can also boast a large outdoor covered seating area with Wendy Houses to keep the little ones entertained, and any dog walkers dry! They also offer take away food, drinks and icecreams for you to enjoy as you explore the trail.
other cycle routes include Tissington Trail and High Peak Trail
NB. Mountain bikes are not legal on footpaths and should only be used along bridleways, by-ways, cycle trails and roads both classified and unclassified
Watersports: & Peak Pursuits on Tittesworth Res(canoeing, kayaking, climbing, abseiling archery, orienteering)
Hang Gliding/Para gliding:
Birdwatching: – RSPB combes valley nature park, Periguin falcons on Roaches, Curlew pewits little owls etc
Peak District Helicopter Rides
Clay Pigeon shooting
Narrow Boat rides – Endon/Denford
Hot Air Balloon Rides ( at HopeValley & Shugborough)
Hill Rolling - Spheremania at Rushton Spencer - Fling yourself down a hill in a large Zorb ball.
For Paintball, Quad Biking and Woodland Laser Tag at Wild Park Derbyshire
PLEASE CHECK ALL DETAILS AND OPENING TIMES PRIOR VISITING
Download Pugins Gem Trail and a whole lot more guides to the area - including cycling, walking, well dressings, outdoor pursuits
Leek ST13 8TJ
Tel 01538 300101
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CHRISTMAS - We have just had a cancellation for Old Shire Stables Cottage - it will be decorated for Christmas including a real decorated Christmas tree, a basket of logs for a cosy log fire and freshly baked mince pies on arrival
PRE CHRISTMAS BREAKS
Both Cottages available - sleeps 6/8 and 10 (total of 18).
Special Breaks throughout November & December .... ideal for family or friends get-together ... if you can't just manage it over the Christmas period - with our lovely large tables to all sit around.
Include a little bit Christmas Shopping in the Peak District! Buxton Spa Town, Leek's historic market town, Pottery bargins at Emma Bridgewater Factory,Chatsworth House Nativity, or medieval festivities at Haddon Hall, see Santa on a steam train ...... independent local shopping, farmers markets, festive events and fun ...... in the build up to Christmas in search of those special pressies..... combined with Peak District Walks, good local pubs and a cosy log fire to return to and wrap everything up! Make Shopping a pleasure in the Peaks this year .... make a weekend of it!
Various MIDWEEK BREAKS available - Not tied to school hols or working week? - Checkout our excellent midweek break rates (with 4 nights for the price of 3)
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Harvesting Video at Troutsdale Farm ...