Photographs sent in by Jenny Throup following the group’s Bank Holiday trip to Staffordshire, with a walk starting at the Ramblers’ Retreat at Alton.
Although the walk was close enough to Alton Towers to hear the shouts of the crowds as they enjoyed the theme park, the photographs show that this is a beautiful area.
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The “Chained Tree”, near the Ramblers’ Retreat, an oak tree which has been used by
Alton Towers as part of the story-
It looks rather nice really!
The ‘Juliet Tower’.
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Once you get away from Alton Towers itself, there are fantastic views over the Staffordshire hills.
A lovely area for walking
Now walking alongside Wootton Park.
Wootton Lodge dates to around 1600, and was probably designed by Robert Smythson. The landscape, though, has been extensively altered by the Bamfords, the family which owns the JCB company, making the famous earthmoving equipment.
Still in Wootton Park -
Somebody always has to be at the back!
And, hopefully, the back-
The Erewash Ramblers always have an appointed back-
Alton Castle rising above the trees.
There has been a castle on this site since the twelfth century, though the present
building dates from the mid-