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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

The Roaches - as seen on TV!

I was so excited to see Matt Baker climbing up the grit stone of the Roaches on Sunday night on Countryfile! He was clearly speechless at the beauty of it and I think it showed that part of the Staffordshire Peak District at its best. It seems that Matt and Julia really understand that there was something of a bygone age about the place and that its ancient charm is enough to bring many visitors to the area.
I wanted to add that you don't have to be a full on climber to get the best out of the Roaches and that there are lots of fabulous walks and a great tea shop at the foot of the cliffs. For those of you who might leave the teenagers to climb while you explore further afield, there is Leek just down the road.
Leek is full of interesting architecture, history and shopping. There are award winning tea rooms to try and antiques to gaze at. You will also find one of the best collectors markets around on a Saturday or one of their Fine Food Markets to test out fabulous local food and drink.
A family can really benefit from visiting the area. All can enjoy being surrounded by nature and open space and the active members can try some climbing. (Try Peak Pursuits for training and guided help). There are beautiful walks, great places for cake and then shopping. You may also have noticed the huge expanse of water in the distance as Matt looked over the countryside - that is Tittesworth Resevoir. This is ideal for younger families as there is a great play area, good loos, cafe and flat walks! There is also a place to bring a disposable BBQ for an impromptu sausage sarnie!
So have I convinced you to come and visit? You know where to stay and find a good nights sleep nearby for all the family and I am happy to help you plan your holiday so that you can make the most of your time in the Staffordshire Peak District!

1 comment:

Staffordshire Treasure Trails said...

Don't forget, a great way to explore the area is with Staffordshire Treasure Trails. There's lots to choose from - why not start with Leek or Alton? Go to www.treasuretrails.co.uk and click on Staffordshire on the map - the doorway to a great day out for everyone!