The scenic Peak District walk waterfalls flow and three counties meet

As the summer holidays are set to get underway, many of us will be looking to enjoy the sunshine in the great outdoors. Whether it's a picnic or a countryside walk, Staffordshire is home to a wealth of stunning locations ideal for a day out.

With promises of warmed weather to come, it's crucial to find a picturesque location with opportunities to cool off. Luckily, we have the Peak District right on our doorstep, and this national park is filled with beautiful spots that are worth exploring, whether you're from Stoke-on-Trent or anywhere else.

There's something truly magical about reaching a waterfall after a hike, taking a moment to relax as you listen to the sound of water tumbling into a pool below, or even dipping your toes in. Among all the waterfalls the Peak District has to offer, one stands out because of its unique location.

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Three Shires Head is named after a section of the River Dane where Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire meet. Here, two waterfalls flow into Panniers Pool, creating a scenic spot where the three counties converge, reports Derbyshire Live.

On warm summer days, numerous families can be seen stopping at this beauty spot for a refreshing break. The double waterfall is crossed by a packhorse bridge, which holds Grade II-listed status and was likely built in the 18th century.

Historically, the bridge served as a crucial trading route, connecting Staffordshire to Macclesfield. The area also gained notoriety for criminals who evaded capture by crossing county lines.

Pictured is Three Shires Head
READERS PIC Picture: Chris Langston from Duffield Description: This image of a bridge over a stream running through Three Shires Head, has been taken by Chris Langston from Duffield -Credit:Derby Telegraph

However, today the waterfall is an ideal spot for a picnic. If you're feeling warm, you can cool off by dipping your toes in the water, but we strongly advise against open-water swimming as this location isn't supervised by professionals.

Three Shires Head isn't directly accessible from the road, so the best way to reach it is either by walking from Wildboarclough (Clough House car park, SK11 0BD) or from Gradbach, where parking is available. Both walks are approximately four miles there and back.

This fantastic day trip is just over a 45-minute drive from Stoke-on-Trent and is just one of the many beauty spots in the area. You could perhaps combine Three Shires Head with a trip to the nearby Roaches, Lud Church or Tittesworth Reservoir.

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