Manor House Farm is situated on the top of a hill (hence the name Farm on the Hill!) in the picturesque hamlet of Prestwood, close to the villages of Denstone, Alton, Ellastone and Oakamoor on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border. The farm is part of the Churnet Valley, one of the most undiscovered areas of outstanding beauty in Britain, rich in wildlife, wildflowers and stunning scenery. As well as easy access to renowned walking spots such as Dovedale and the Peak District, fantastic walks can be found simply by setting off on foot from the farm. Exploring this area on foot is not to be missed, with so many hidden pathways and places to discover, you could walk for days :-) Please feel free to ask for a map of the local footpaths when you arrive.
Below are a few of the walks that can be taken direct from the farm, more are being added all the time...
Walks from Ellastone
The walks in the 'Ellastone and the Weavers Walks' leaflet below start in the village of Ellastone and are provided courtesy of East Staffordshire Borough Council. Three individual walks are described, all of which can be started at the farm (Ellastone is approximately 20 minutes walk from the farm along country lanes), Directions from the farm can easily be provided..please just ask :-)
Calwich Abbey Route - gentle stroll, charming countryside, historic church and the ruins of Calwich Abbey
Michael's Lane Route - the Calwich Abbey route plus gentle climbs, green road walking, history of the vanished Wooton Hall and beautiful peaceful landscapes
Weaver Hills Route - a longer and hillier route ascending into genuine hill country...breathtaking! and well worth it!
While walking in and around the village of Ellastone you may find you need refreshments, there is a lovely pub with outside seating area and beer garden at the back that serves great food - visit the Duncombe Arms website for more info
This circular walk can be started right from the farm and takes you Denstone, then across the hilltops along the ancient Saltersford Lane to Alton, before returning to Prestwood alongside the River Churnet on the picturesque route of an old canal and railway line (now a bridlepath).