Local Area Information

Quarry House Moneystone enjoys rural views, and is situated on Blakeley Lane - a country lane just off the main A52, Derby to Stoke road. Between the villages of Whiston and Oakamoor.

Nestling within the Churnet Valley, and enjoying splendind rural views. Hawkesmoor nature reserve can be seen from just up the lane and is a National Trust area.

The local villages of Oakamoor and Whiston are all within walking distance, between 1 - 2 miles.

In its heyday Oakamoor was a thriving village community, with a large factory in the middle, that produced copper cables. There were also 3 schools, 3 public houses, 2 churches, a chapel, a butchers and general store. Countless clubs and societies thrived amongst its large population. Indeed, the locals used to travel from Oakamoor to Manchester or London on the railway that was situated down by the Island. 

All this has now changed, the factory is no longer there, and the area is a large green recreation area, with a hint of the old factory evident amongst the trees, the railway line is now a very popular area for walkers, runners and riders of horses or mountain bikes. 

Oakamoor now has just one junior school, village hall and  The Cricketers Arms public house.

If you visit during the August and September months, then there are regular village events, dog shows, sports days, Scarecrow competitions and raft races on the River Churnet. The villagers and visitors all support and raise funds for local charities, and the events are enjoyed by all.

Whiston has its own golf course and serves sunday lunches and evening meals, but it is recommended that you book in advance.

 

Whiston Hall, Black Lane, Whiston nr Cheadle, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST10 2HZ  01538 266260

Cricketers Arms, Oakamoor, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST10 3AB 01538 702548 

Many scenic walks can start right from the back door of Quarry House, and can take you many miles without crossing any major roads.

Within 30 minutes drive from the cottage are the market towns of Ashbourne, Buxton, Cheadle, Leek and Uttoxeter.  The journeys to these towns is straightforward from the A52 or A523 roads. Also there are many National Trust houses and areas of interest within the Peak District National Park, which on a glorious sunny day can take you into some amazing scenic areas. Getting lost is't something to worry about, because you will see some fantastic landscapes. Whatever time of year, the changing colours bring out the inner artist.

Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Little Moreton Hall, Sudbury Museum of Childhood, are all within an hours drive. Not to mention Trentham Gardens (with its own Monkey Forest) or Biddulph Grange House and Gardens.
 
There are museums from the great pottery industry within the Stoke on Trent Five towns, to explore and experience first-hand. Children will love the opportunity to create their own pots at The Gladstone Pottery Museum in Longton, or visit the Hanley Museum and admire the Spitfire aircraft, designed by our very own Reginald Mitchell, who was born in Kidsgrove. 

Here is a link to what is on in general around Staffordshire         www.enjoystaffordshire.com/whats-on               and Derbyshire                  www.visitpeakdistrict.com/events               www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/

 

 

 
 
 
 
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