Walking Staffordshire – The Churnet Valley

Walking Staffordshire – The Churnet Valley

In the mistaken belief that things would probably be a lot drier in the woods, we decided to venture up Cotton Dell – a delightful wooded valley between the mayhem of Alton Towers and the tranquillity of Oakamoor. We were probably still a week or two away from the...
Staffordshire Walks – Oakamoor & Whiston

Staffordshire Walks – Oakamoor & Whiston

The beauty of living where we are is the ability to walk in any direction, from our front door, and find ourselves in fantastic countryside. If you use the brilliant (and usually free) ViewRanger phone app, you can follow the route from here.  Just across the road...
Why is There Money in Trees in Dovedale?

Why is There Money in Trees in Dovedale?

Money, they say, doesn’t grow on trees.  I have to tell you, that it most certainly does. Well, around here it does anyway. Before you all jump in your cars and descend on our green and pleasant bit of the country, let us explain. The money, in this case, coins,...
A Walk Around Ilam (9 Miles)

A Walk Around Ilam (9 Miles)

For some reason, we decided it would be a good idea to do a 9-mile circular walk from the beautiful village of Ilam as our starting point. Ilam is pronounced ‘Eye lamb’ by the way and not ‘Ill am’ as I first thought. Such stupidity will get you...
The Roaches and Luds Church

The Roaches and Luds Church

Unless you’ve never read this blog before, you’ll have heard me bang on about how much fabulous countryside there is, just minutes from our front door. To continue in that vein then, let’s have a look at The Roaches. (or Les Roches as our garlic...
Bluebells and Lambs

Bluebells and Lambs

The weather has been a lot drier lately, which is good for two reasons; 1. The ground will start to dry out, turning slippy, slidy clay into something more akin to concrete. Which is nice if you’re worried about the place ending up at the bottom of the valley and…. 2....