The highest point in Stoke-on-Trent offers magnificence views over the moorlands. On a clear day, you may even see the city of Manchester from the peak. The familiar sight here is of course Mow Cop Castle but all's left is a tower of ruins guarding over the hilly terrains. It was built over 250 years ago as a watch tower. Gorgeous building but watch your steps on the rocky path leading up to it.
It was said that the last witch in Britain, Molly Leigh was buried here in St John's Churchyard, Burslem. She was born in the year 1685 and lived most fo her life in her dark cottage. She was said to be in need of an extreme makeover(yes, she's very ugly) and has been labelled a witch by the locals who found her lifestyle weird. After her burial, the priest return to her home only to find her sitting on her chair knitting! How freaky is that! There's a bit more after this but I'm not giving a history lesson here.
Up to today, many people choose not go near her grave although you will never miss some love dancing around her grave during Halloween. Certainly worth the visit but go in the day to be safe!
The English countryside is certainly stunning in every aspect despite the horrible weather. Knypersley Valley is a picturesque 40 acre reservoir located in Greenway Bank Country Park. It takes about 15-20 minutes to walk around it quickly although of course I'm sure taking a long stroll would be just perfect for the setting. My baby Letti absolutely loves it here, especially chasing the ducks and geese. For those who like the witching hours, come about an hour just before it gets dark, the serenity turns into fear as the entire place goes completely pitch black as there are no lights to guide you. Saying that, I hope you don't get lost in the woods.
The Roaches is an area of rock formations and hills covered in heather (at the moment) about 25 minutes drive from the centre of Stoke-on-Trent. It is very popular with rock climers as well as walkers/hikers as the terrain is quite varied. On a clear day you can see for miles and the views are quite breathtaking. You feel like you are a million miles from anywhere. Quite lovely!