Great Days Out

Within 20 minutes drive: There are many first rate attractions in the area. Here are some to start you off:

Alton Towers, one of the best theme parks in the UK. Alton Towers has everything from extreme roller-coasters like the new Smiler, the legendary Oblivion, Nemesis, Rita, water rides like the Congo River Rapids and many more attractions - including the gardens - for visitors of all ages!

Set amid the Staffordshire Moorlands, Blackbrook Zoological Park has developed into a large and varied collection of some of the most rare and endangered species to be found in the world. Visitors are often surprised at the wide variety of birds, animals, reptiles and fish on view.

The Combes Valley Nature Reserve lies in a beautiful wooded valley at Bradnop near Leek. You are free to walk through the marked trails all year round and see woodpeckers, pied flycatchers, woodwarblers and many varieties of butterfly. Viewing points with benches are ideal for observing a variety of wildlife in the reserve.

Froghall Wharf lies in the beautiful Churnet Valley and is the terminus of the Cauldon Canal. There are a variety of circular walks with something of interest for everyone. Alternatively, enjoy a cream tea served on a traditional canal boat trip.

Why not cyle along the route of the old Manifold Valley Light Railway. You can hire bikes in Waterhouses at either Brown End Farm, or at the Old Station.

The Churnet Valley Railway runs steam trains through the spectacular scenery - nicknamed 'Little Switerland in Victorian times - of the Churnet Valley, from Leekbrook to Kingsley & Froghall, a round trip of 10.5 miles or 16 miles on the Cauldon branch. It is one of the best preserved steam railways in the country.