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Flash and Three Shires Head

MODERATE 9 reviews
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Flash and Three Shires Head is a 6.3 kilometer loop trail located near Leek, Staffordshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

6.3 km
227 m

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers

A circular walk in the Staffordshire Moors. The walk starts from the village of Flash which claims to be the highest village in England, it is a rather windswept location high on the western gritstone moors. Flash was a tough place to live for farmers, most having to find extra employment in local mills or from mining coal. Most of the old farmsteads are now private houses. The main part of the village consists of a few cottages, a church, a pub and a village school. Flash was noted as the centre for counterfeiting money, which became known as 'flash'. In the 18th century, button presses were used to make counterfeit coins .Some of the gang were hanged at Chester after a servant girl gave them away. Well dressings are held in Flash in the height of summer, a custom dating from medieval time which marks an acknowledgement of the importance of clean water and honours the local spring source. Alongside this runs the Tea Pot Parade, an event where a Marching Band accompanies the villagers carrying a papier-mâché Tea Pot. The teapot parade tradition dates back to 1846, a time when there was no NHS and a Friendly Society was formed. Everyone in the village gave a donation, which was put into a teapot, and the money was then given out to villagers in times of sickness, unemployment and bereavement. The society had more than 700 members at its peak. On the walk you will need to cross several stiles and pass through several gates. A stream is crossed by either stepping stones or a bridge. Some areas of the paths can be muddy and waterlogged and many sections are stony and uneven. The path up over the moors on the latter part of the walk is sometimes indistinct and is fairly steep with boggy and uneven sections. You will be sharing many of the paths with sheep, so take particular care with dogs. On a clear day many fine views can be seen. There are no public toilets along the walk. The correct map is OL24 White Peak. Allow 2 hours.

11 days ago

Good walk but I think part of the trail is private feel so we had to improvise... all part of the fun tho

1 month ago

great walk, and amazing place to stop and appreciate our surroundings and get a great pic.

2 months ago

Nice walk with some good view points

2 months ago

Hidden gem ♥️

6 months ago

Excellent walk with some beautiful scenery in the Autumn sunshine.

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