Delve into Beacon Park, more than 70 acres of beautiful gardens and open space spread across the slopes of Ashurst Beacon between Up Holland, Dalton and Skelmersdale. Stroll through flowing wildflower meadows and grasslands and watch as the critters that call this park home go about their day. Explore the park’s extensive path networks as you search for a quiet spot to relax. Dip your toes in natural ponds or delve into endless woodland. Take in majestic panoramic views across most of Lancashire as you climb to viewpoints that overlook the Lancashire Plain to the west and the Pennine Hills to the east.
Just outside the village of Wetton in the Staffordshire Peak District, indulge your inner historian as you explore the magnificent Thor’s Cave. Excavations have found stone tools, pottery, amber beads, bronze items and even the burial sites of at least seven people. Feel transported back in time as you imagine human life 11,000 years ago, during the Stone Age. A natural cavern set in a steep limestone crag, climb the footpath to its huge arched entrance to discover stunning views out into the valley. Cruise along to Long Low, a Neolithic burial site which consists of two large round cairns linked together – the only structure of its kind in England. Delve into the unique limestone burial chamber as you descend into the site where Stone Age arrowheads and the bones of at least thirteen people were excavated.
Delve into one of Staffordshire’s hidden gems, Dimmingsdale. Feel at peace as you stroll through this enchanting and beautiful valley – a haven for walkers, nature lovers and those seeking tranquility and spectacular scenery. Explore the lakes, streams and rivers that the local wildlife call home. Watch as the local wildlife – from heron to kingfishers – paddle on the lakes. Enjoy a lazy afternoon picnicking on the riverbank as you admire local wildlife – from rabbits to hedgehogs and even deer! Stroll through woodlands blanketed in bluebells, wood anemones and wood sorrel.