Staffordshire is often overlooked as a destination, (which for me is one of its charms). The Staffordshire moorlands is a great walking area, blending into its more famous neighbour – the Peak District.
As boy we used to make the trip from Manchester to enjoy a day scrambling on the Roaches, a craggy gritstone escarpment rising above Tittesworth reservoir (good trout fishing). It only rises some 505m but together with neighbouring Ramshaw Rocks provides some challenging climbing. Once a favourite playground of such rock-climbing legends as Joe Brown and Don Willans.
Worth a Peak
Technically in the Peak, I suppose, but no need to split hairs. Around the Roaches there is some fine walking taking in nearby Hen Cloud and over to Shining Tor (OS Landranger 119110). Views can be amazing over much of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire.
The moorland over to Buxton via Axe Edge Moor is dark, rugged gritstone, in contrast to the white limestone which attracts millions of visitors to the likes of Dovedale, But for me it has its own dramatic charm. It’s one of those places that changes dramatically with the seasons. On summer you can stride across baking heather while winter brings another dimension when snow is never far away. For me, early spring or autumn bring out the real moorland character.
There are some great pubs too. The New Inn at Flash is worth a visit if only because it’s in the highest village in England (Tan Inn in Yorkshire is the highest pub but stands alone). Another pub in a stunning location on the moors is the Winking Man at Upper Hulme – in short, you are unlikely to go thirsty walking in Staffordshire.