Staffordshire Moorlands - Geography

Geography

The terrain is, as is suggested by the regional name, mostly moorland with forests and lakes stretching out across rolling hills and crags. Some of the higher moorland has been largely abandoned for farming. In The Roaches (a series of gritstone outcrops within the Peak Park) several Wallabies roamed free for many years. One of the highest points in the Staffordshire Moorlands is The Roaches which rises to 1,656 feet (505m).

A large proportion of the 'white peak' area of the Peak District is contained within the Staffordshire Moorlands. This includes such places as one half of Dovedale, the Manifold Valley including Thor's Cave, Wetton Mill, Longnor and Butterton.

The Staffordshire Moorlands is also home to the highest village in Britain, Flash. The village stands at 1,518 feet (463m) above sea level. This record was confirmed in 2007 by the Ordnance Survey after Wanlockhead in Scotland also claimed the record. The BBC's The One Show investigated the case in a bid to settle the argument and Flash turned out to be the higher of the two.

The council maintains a number of Local Nature Reserves including Biddulph Valley Way, Brough Park Fields, Cecilly Brook, Hales Hall Pool, Hoften's Cross Meadows, Ladderedge Country Park and Marshes Hill Common.

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