After the last few days of storms, wind and rain, it certainly feels like Autumn has arrived. The leaves are falling, and the gardens are starting to lose their summer colour. Don’t let the clouds and drizzle get you down. There is still so much you can enjoy outside, particularly in Staffordshire where you can walk in some beautiful countryside.

There are some great walks nearby only a few minutes drive from Heywood Hall. One is in the Churnet Valley from Kingsley Holt to Cheddleton, following the Caldon Canal, about 5 miles. You can even return on the  Churnet Valley Steam railway  to Kingsley when they are running. There is  a pub on the way, the Black Lion for drinks and meals.

The Caldon Canal


Return on The Churnet Valley Steam Railway





Another breathtaking ramble is along the Roaches, a jagged escarpment of Gritstone and is a dominant feature of the North Staffordshire landscape offering views across North Staffordshire, Derbyshire, and the Cheshire plain. Parking is available on the roadside and the walk is circular which is relatively easy to follow.

Breathtaking views over Staffordshire

You can either pop in to Leek on your way back, and have a delicious home cooked lunch or tea in one of the quirky cafes. Alternatively you can  drive back to Denstone and enjoy the delights of Denstone Hall farm Shop and Cafe. You can even pick up something for supper which you can cook in the oven . Or why not treat yourselves and go to the Tavern Pub in Denstone for a great pub meal with a welcoming atmosphere?


We have our lovely hot tub and sauna which are  great to ease those tired muscles after a long day!  The suites are comfortable and warm and spacious and there are  drying facilities in case of bad weather . We are offering great rates for November so go on treat yourselves and enjoy Autumn in Staffordshire ! You can book directly on our website.