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Staffordshire Moorlands Tourism
mediaeval village of Bagnall is
in the most northern
part of the County of Staffordshire in the Centre of England.
The county of Staffordshire is marked on the adjacent map in dark green, and is shown in greater detail in light green in the map below.
Staffordshire Moorlands runs into the southern part of the Peak District
National Park - officially designated as an "Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty". The Peak District straddles the shared Staffordshire
county border with Derbyshire and encompasses part of West Yorkshire
further to the North.
for a map showing the southern part of the Peak District National Park.
(See below for link to local government tourism site.)
Stoke-on-Trent is one hour and fifty minutes from London by train, or three hours by car via the motorway network, which passes some 8 miles (13 kilometres) away.
International Airport is only 25 miles (41 kms) distance from
Bagnall Village, with direct flights to many countries, including direct
flights to the USA by, at the time of writing, British Airways, Delta,
Continental, American, US Air and British Midland International.
The next closest
major international airport is at Birmingham (West Midlands) which is
60miles (100 kms) to the South. If you are travelling to south
Staffordshire first, this (smaller) airport is obviously the better
The nearest city is Stoke-on-Trent (known as "The Potteries") and made famous in the writing of Arnold Bennett.
Most visitors from outside the area would approach Bagnall from the city to the south-west along the A53 road which goes from Stoke-on-Trent to Leek.
Stoke is the historical centre of the English pottery industry, and home to Royal Doulton, Wedgwood, Royal Worcester Spode, Moorcroft, and Aynesley China, among many others.
Adjacent to Stoke-on-Trent is the ancient town of Newcastle-under-Lyme (John Bagnall was mayor of the town in 1519, 1522, 1526, 1531 and 1533, as was his son Richard in 1559). (see: "Early and Prominent Bagnalls" page on this site).
Stoke-on-Trent was once heavily industrialised through the pottery industry, and also the local coal and steel industries. It is undergoing many changes at present with the demise of the latter two industries, and is emerging as a more pleasant place with a developing tourist industry and a great sense of local pride and history.
The city has
a number of Factory Shops all selling their own distinctive brands of
pottery and ceramics. These include Argyle China, Aynsley China, Bridgewater
Factory Shop, Churchill China, Cobridge Stoneware, Compton & Woodhouse,
Hartley Greens & Co, Moorcroft, Moorland Pottery, Portmeirion Potteries,
Royal Doulton, Royal Stratford, Royal Winton, Staffordshire Tableware,
Tams and Wedgwood Factory Shops.
Also enquire about Factory Shops at the Tourist Information Centre.
Stoke-on-Trent Information Centre Quadrant Road, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 1RZ.
Tel: 01782-236000. Fax: 01782-236005
Stoke Website: http://www.visitstoke.co.uk
Accommodation near Bagnall
Not Too Far Away...
The Roman city of Chester is located about hour's drive to the west, through the predominantly rural countryside of the county of Cheshire and the the Roman town of Shrewsbury in the County of Shropshire is only forty miles away to the south west.
Both are worthy of a visit, with good shopping, restaurants, and hotels and both areequally famous for their riverside locations, and medieval and Tudor half-timbered buildings.
85 miles (137 kms) to the south is Shakespeare's birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon in the County of Warwickshire - about 90 minutes drive along the motorway network by car.
STAFFORDSHIRE - explore England from the centre!
Moorland Tourist Attractions
There's a wealth of attractions and places to stay at right on Bagnall's doorstep. The scenic beauty of the hills and valleys, walking and hiking, architecture, peace and quiet and a s-l-o-w pace of life. Friendly local people, proud of their heritage. Cheap and reasonable accommodation - bed and breakfast, cottages to rent, small hotels. Click the links below to visit the Staffordshire Moorlands tourism pages.
the county of Staffordshire Tourism pages: Staffordshire
Click for John Harris's Walking in Staffordshire
( More than 80 FREE Staffordshire walks to download, details of all the books, maps and walking groups in the county)
for details of the Staffordshire Waterways at the Inland Waterways Association
One of the most delightful features of the area is the canal network, spreading north, south and west from Stoke-on-Trent, meandering through the green countryside past small towns and villages. Tourism is becoming increasingly popular in the Staffordshire area.
Hiring a narrow-boat to navigate the canal network is just one of the attractions to stop by a lockside inn and enjoy good locally produced "pub" food, and a refreshing pint of beer!