Staffordshire is an inland county in the West Midlands. Staffordshire is where you will find a forest in the making, and a National Park considered as an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is where Flash in Staffordshire Moorlands, the highest village in England is found. Staffordshire County is hilly with a vast expanse of wild moorlands and uplands. The county hosts the Cannock Chase with its rolling landscape which is also considered an area of sheer natural beauty. In the southern part of the County, there are prominent and vast coalfields as well as a land rich in iron ore deposits.
The fascinating countryside and the great outdoors of Staffordshire County is just waiting to be discovered. There is the Peak District with its imposing gritstone crags, the Cannock Chase with a pristine timeworn heather headland, the National Forest which is a peaceful area of secluded woodlands and the remote byways of South Staffordshire.
Food and shopping
Eating out in Staffordshire means having the taste buds tantalised in the fantastic places to eat and drink in the County, whether it’s in a cosy tea room, a lively brasserie, a welcoming pub or a first-class fine-dining restaurant. Award-winning restaurants in Staffordshire have been assessed and inspected by licensed inspectors and are certified to have a high standard of excellence for the quality of the drink and food that they serve.
There are all kinds of shopping to be had in Staffordshire. There is Stoke-on-Trent where the bargain hunters will have a field day in its factory and pottery shops. The unique shopping village of Trentham Estate is another shopping paradise brimming with stylish labels while Leek has charming markets and antique shops. And almost every busy farmers’ market and streets of the County are crowded with modern shopping centres and fashion stores.
Where to stay
In Staffordshire County guests are assured of a warm welcome and a plethora of choices when it comes to accommodation. Hotels in the County range from elegant country houses to elegant city centre hotels. For the homey comfort and sumptuous breakfast, the best deals are offered by historical inns, intimate B & Bs or charming farmhouses. Self-catering accommodations are also available in Staffordshire in the form of well-appointed holiday parks, lovely country cottages and classic narrowboats.
Things to do
Staffordshire is full of things to do and first-class attraction. The county’s spectacular countryside with its forest tracks, limestone dales and steep crags are perfect for outdoor adventure. The county is also home to two of the best theme parks in the UK, Drayton Manor and Alton Towers Resort. A visit to some of the country’s most beautiful gardens and stately and historic homes is also a must. There are also the impressive ancient Lichfield Cathedral, the fabulous Staffordshire Hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork, and of course, the busy street markets and the delightful villages and towns.
To add to the list of things to do and places to be, there is the Monkey Forest found at the Trentham Estate. For the hikers, there are the lovely National Forest walks, challenging mountain trails as well as relaxing family path walks while for cyclists, there are cycle tracks to be discovered in the secluded Manifold Valley as well as biking tracks across Cannock Chase.
With so much to do and places to see, mobility is critical, thus the need for a self-drive rental van that could ensure that the holiday in Staffordshire is a success.