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The UK’s Highest Village

A short drive from Wheeldon Trees Cottages lies Flash, a quaint village in North Staffordshire with a surprising claim to fame:  the UK’s highest village according to Ordnance Survey, perched a cool 1,519 feet above sea level.  Nestled between Leek and Buxton in the Peak District, Flash offers a glimpse into a rather intriguing past alongside its undeniable scenic beauty.

Axe Edge Moor

Founded in the early 15th century, Flash peeks out from the southern slope of Axe Edge Moor.  Panoramic views encompass the wild open countryside, showcasing the Staffordshire Moorlands, the Derbyshire hills, and even the Cheshire plain.  Charming houses line quiet lanes, creating a tranquil and picturesque escape. The village boasts the New Inn, which proudly holds the title of England’s highest pub, and just outside Flash, you’ll find Flash Bar Stores, the highest shop in England according to the Express.

Dark past

However, Flash’s history isn’t all about breathtaking views and cosy pubs.  Its remote location and past poverty made it a hotspot for unsavoury characters in search of a haven from the law.  The village became notorious for illegal activities like cock-fighting, prizefighting, and even counterfeiting.  In fact, for many years, counterfeit money was known as “Flash money”.  Flash’s strategic position on the borders of three counties proved particularly advantageous for these activities – when law enforcement from one county closed in, the criminals simply relocated to the next.

Haven for outdoor enthusiasts

Despite its dark past, Flash has transformed into a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.  Its proximity to the scenic Three Shires Head, where three counties converge around pools, waterfalls, and stone bridges, makes it an ideal base for exploration.  Hikers and climbers will find themselves within easy reach of The Roaches and Ramshaw Rocks, popular hotspots for challenging climbs and scenic walks.

Visitors on Tripadvisor have showered Flash with praise, describing it as “bliss” and raving about the “lovely views” and “stunning landscape”.  Many reviewers have even gone so far as to “highly recommend” a trip to Flash.

Unforgettable stays at Wheeldon Trees Cottages

Why not combine a visit to Flash with a stay at Wheeldon Trees Cottages? Wheeldon Trees Cottages offers the perfect escape for your 2024 holiday, boasting luxury cottages designed for ultimate comfort and relaxation.

Your gateway to Peak District charm

Our prime location lets you explore the region at your own pace either by car or on our complimentary electric bikes, including two brand-new hybrid options perfect for tackling any terrain.

Luxury redefined

Seeking the pinnacle of Peak District living? Our recently refurbished Farmhouse is a masterpiece of modern luxury. In addition, upgraded cottages like Nadin, Ollerenshaw, Priestley, and Mycock offer an unforgettable blend of style and comfort.

Unwind and recharge

After a day of exploration, unwind in the peace of your private cottage sanctuary. Take in the breathtaking vista from Sheldon Cottage, our accessible property boasting the best views on the estate. Recharge in the tranquillity of our surroundings, or enjoy a friendly games night in our fantastic games room featuring pool, air hockey, and ping pong.

Convenience at your doorstep

For your added comfort, we offer on-site EV charging, a handy honesty shop to stock up on luxury treats, and the option to bring your furry companions to our designated dog-friendly cottages: Critchlow, Lomas, and Ollerenshaw.

Award-winning hospitality

Wheeldon Trees is consistently recognised for its exceptional hospitality. TripAdvisor recently named Wheeldon Trees in the top 10% of places to stay in the world. Thanks to our visitors’ amazing reviews, we recently received the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2023 for the second year running.

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