Interesting places in Staffordshire

Apr 24th, 2007, 05:59 PM
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Interesting places in Staffordshire

My wife and i and another couple will be spending 6 days in staffordshire at a Tine Share we exchanged for one here in the USA. We will be in Wychnor Park near Barton-under-Needwood the end of May 2007. Can anyone tell me about the area and what is of interest there? I know Stafoerd on Avon is close by, but what else will there be to do? We like walking, vallages, antiquing, art,and gardening. Anything you can direct me towards would be great.
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Apr 24th, 2007, 09:15 PM
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Stratford-upon-Avon is not near your resort. Stratford is about 60 miles away on the other side of Birmingham. the Staffordshire potteries are nearby. Many other sites will be a full a day's trip - such as the Peak District/Chatsworth, Chester/North Wales, and Stratford/Warwick
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Apr 24th, 2007, 10:27 PM
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Lichfield has an interesting cathedral. Originally founded by St Chad, often regarded as the patron saint of rigged elections because his appointment as bishop of Mercia was widely thought to have been fiddled (his feast day in 2004 was on America's SuperTuesday), it held his relics till the Prods got all sniffy about them, and they're now in Birmingham's catholic cathedral.

Otherwise Lichfield is pretty dull. Getting to Stratford is a serious pain: Birmingham is an acquired taste (the kind of city whose publicists claim with a straight face it's been "transformed" by a new department store), and getting acrosa or round it rarely quick or pleasant. But getting into it at night, after rush hour's quieted, is reasonably slick, and there's a fair amount going on.

Otherwise you'll want to confine your activities to north of Birmingham. Getting to the Derbyshire dales isn't quite as easy as it looks on the map (the roads based on the A38 through eastern Staffordshire are grim), and mostly involves driving through dead mining communities (as do most things in Staffordshire), but you're in extra-nice countryside in 90 mins or so.

Given its proximity to prime foxhunting territory, the area's surprisingly poor for good walking, but if you get the Heart of England Pathfinder book from Jarrolds/Ordnance Survey, you'll find a decent collection of 10 mile circular walks.

For gardens, search at At the end of May, most of England ought to be in bloom, if this ridiculously premature spring hasn't made everything go blousy by then. So private gardens, often accessible through the NGS scheme, are likely to be your best bet.

Otherwise, the immediate area has - frankly - pretty lean pickings. Bosworth may well have been one of the great battles of English history: but it's site's just a field. The scrap of Roman wall at (believe it or not) Wall, near Lichfield is just a scrap of wall. And getting round the area often involves driving through some of the dreckiest postindustrial dismality (or maybe worse, post-postindustrial Lego) anywhere.

Just avert your eyes, and press on.
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Apr 25th, 2007, 03:19 AM
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You will be about 20 miles south of Ashbourne, and a few miles north of that is the southern edge of the Peak District National Park, which is well worth exploring. There are some lovely villages (Ilam for one) and walks round areas like Dovedale. These limestone dales will be full of flowers in May.
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Apr 25th, 2007, 03:26 AM
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Check driving routes & timings at, but add 1/3 on to the timings.
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