Staffordshire is a large county with boundaries impinging on northern England and the Midlands.With Cheshire and Derbyshire in the north and bounded by the rivers Dane and Dove, it includes large parts of the Peak District National Park.These are the limestone area known as the White Peak, defined by glorious hills and dales, and the darker, more brooding gritstone Dark Peak, whose outcrops include the Roaches, near Leek.
Adjoining this, the Staffordshire Moorlands present hills, but their dales are usually wooded and contain large estates. Alton Towers and the Churnet Valley Railway are among the tourist attractions.Westward, Staffordshire encompasses the Potteries, which support some famous names in ceramics.
Staffordshire has many ancient towns, with the cathedral city of Lichfield and Tamworth probably the best examples. Nearby, the heaths of Cannock Chase gives countryside recreation to thousands. Its southern boundaries border the Black Country, and offer historic, industrial and rural landscapes.