Exploring Staffordshire’s countryside
Whatever your interests, Staffordshire’s countryside offers endless possibilities.
From the Staffordshire Moorlands and the White Peak to Cannock Chase and Kinver Edge, Staffordshire offers great places and diverse countryside in which to enjoy anything from a leisurely stroll to a strenuous hike. The Staffordshire Way spans the length of the county, and includes several waymarked sections. The Manifold Trail offers traffic-free cycling along a disused railway.
A network of nature reserves run by the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and the RSPB offers good bird-watching and, in the spring, there are glorious displays of bluebells at Parrott’s Drumble and George’s Hayes.
There are supervised open water swimming sessions at Chasewater, Cliff Lakes and Dosthill Quarry during the spring and summer and horse treks all year round on Cannock Chase. Adrenaline junkies can get their thrills at Alton Towers and Drayton Manor or swing from the trees at Go Ape at Birches Valley or the Trentham Treetop Adventures. There are lovely gardens, a lakeside walk, playground and barefoot walk at Trentham Gardens and free-ranging monkeys at the Trentham Monkey Forest.
You can explore the county’s heritage at Shugborough, Boscobel House and the Royal Oak, the Letocetum Roman Baths and Museum, the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Lichfield Cathedral and the Erasmus Darwin House.