Kidsgrove

Kidsgrove consisted of small settlements and scattered farms until the late eighteenth century when its coal seams were exploited and the area became an important part of the industrial development of North Staffordshire. However, the pits are now closed and Kidsgrove is a largely residential area, with a busy railway station and the infrastructure to support a commuting population.

Kidsgrove Railway Station was opened by the North Staffordshire Railway on 9 October 1848 as Harecastle Station, later becoming Kidsgrove Central, then simply Kidsgrove.

The town has a library, post office, health centre, bank and supermarkets, with some smaller shops and restaurants on Market Street.

 

Places to Visit

 

Harecastle Canal Basin

Harecastle Canal Basin is a 5 minute walk from the station.

Walk straight across the car park to the top of some steps. At the bottom turn right along the canal towpath.

Harecastle Tunnel is a canal tunnel on the Trent and Mersey Canal in Staffordshire between Kidsgrove and Tunstall. Its industrial purpose was for the transport of coal to the kilns in the Staffordshire Potteries. The canal runs red because of the iron ore in the local rocks.

Although described singularly as a tunnel, Harecastle is actually two separate but parallel tunnels built almost 50 years apart. The first was constructed by James Brindley in the late 18th century. The second, larger, tunnel was designed by Thomas Telford and opened in the late 1820s.

Pubs on the canal

Walk northwards along the Trent and Mersey to find Kidsgrove’s Canal Tavern and The Blue Bell Inn. Further along, about 20 mins walk from the station, you’ll find The Red Bull Hotel.

Bathpool Park

Bathpool Park is a 15 minute walk or 5 minute cycle from the station.

From Station Road turn right onto Meadows Road, then turn right down The Avenue. After about 5 minutes turn left down Boathorse Road. After a further 5 minutes, and just before Nelson House, you will see on your right the entrance to the Bathpool Park Northern car park.

Bathpool Park is a beautiful park to walk or cycle around. Follow the tracks/paths around the main lake, the peaceful woodland and several ponds. Or try out the exercise equipment! From here, you can walk to the canal to see the Harecastle Tunnel.

Ski-Kidsgrove

Ski-Kidsgrove is a 23 minute walk or 7 minute cycle from the station.

Follow directions as for Bathpool Park. At the car park continue along the park track for a few minutes until you see the Ski Centre on your right. 

Run by the North Staffs Ski Club, the site has two 90m artificial slopes, with equipment hire, teaching and café facilities on offer.

St James’ Church, Newchapel

St James’ Church, Newchapel is a 44 minute walk or 20 minute cycle from the station.

Visit the grave of James Brindley, famous canal engineer, “the master lock builder of Stoke-on-Trent”.

Little Moreton Hall (or Old Moreton Hall)

Little Moreton Hall is a 1 hour walk or 17 minute cycle from the station.

Little Moreton Hall is a stunning moated half-timbered manor house. The oldest parts of the house were built around 1450 for Richard de Moreton, whose family had been landowners in the area for several hundred years.

The Moreton family made their fortunes by buying land after the Black Death of 1348. By the early 18th Century, the family left the house and rented it for a further 200 years. Elizabeth Moreton carried out restoration work in the late 19th Century and passed the hall to her cousin Bishop Abraham, who handed the hall to the National Trust in 1938. In five centuries, it has never been sold!

Mow Cop Folly

Mow Cop Folly is a 1 hour walk or 30 minute cycle from the station.

At Mow Cop, the Folly offers 360-degree views of the Staffordshire Moorlands and the Cheshire Plain. The Folly is a mock tower that was built as a summer house in 1754 by Randle Wilbraham, of Rode Hall. This tower is visible for miles around and is a major landmark visited throughout the year. Interestingly, it was the location for the first Primitive Methodist service in 1807.

Rode Hall and Gardens

Rode Hall and Gardens is a 1 hour walk or 20 minute cycle from the station.

Rode Hall is a beautiful Georgian country house set in 10 acres of parkland. Look out for special events throughout the year, such as the Snowdrop walks and Farmers Markets.

Seasonal opening.

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