Park Hall Country Park is one of Stoke-on-Trent's most important green spaces. It is the city's only NNR (National Nature Reserve) and its sandstone canyons are classed as an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) due to their unique geology. The park covers a substantial area of the Weston Coyney area of Stoke-on-Trent. Regular buses run along nearby Weston Road and Park Hall Road, and there are public car parks on Weston Road and Hulme Road.
Parkhall County Park is a large area containing several ponds, woodlands and heathland. There are a number of marked walks around the park, each of which is labelled as either easy (between 0.25 and 1 mile), medium (between 0.7 and 2 miles) or challenging (between 1.6 and 3.2 miles).
Regular special events are held in the park, the details of which can be found online, in the local papers and in local public buildings. Or you can call the park to find out what events are coming up.
Popular with Locals and Visitors Alike
The park is extremely popular with fisherman and dog walkers and it's a great place to picnic. Unfortunately, there is no longer a visitor centre in the park, but the park’s website has plenty of information on events, guided walks and special attractions in and around the area.
The park's unique geology has given rise to a number of rare habitats which attract several species of uncommon birds, such as short eared owls, linnets and nightjars.
If you're on holiday in the Staffordshire area, Parkhall Country Park is well worth a visit. It is a little short on amenities so you'll need to take a picnic if you’re spending a day here, but it’s well worth the effort as the stunning scenery, unique wildlife and the park's overall peaceful tranquillity makes a wonderful change from noisy theme parks.
Stoke itself is a fascinating city that adjoins the affluent town of Newcastle-Under-Lyme to form a single large city. The city is full of hotels and other accommodation to suit all budgets, and is a great place from which to explore the rest of the county of Staffordshire.