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  • Corporate Groups
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  • School Trips
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    Working Hill Farm

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Safety | Accommodation | The Centre | Catering | The Enviroment | Industrial Heritage Schemes |
Activity Breaks | Walking Trips | Interest Breaks |
Bed & Breakfast  | Corporate Training
High Ash Farm Study Centre on the Staffordshire and Derbyshire borders is the ideal location for:

Educational Visits
Corporate Visits
Residential Visits
Field Studies
Group Accommodation
School Trips
Outdoor Activity Breaks
Outdoor Adventures
Learning about a working hill farm
Enjoying the Peak District National Park


The latest fire detection and alarm equipment has been installed and the centre has a fire certificate. School groups will be required to participate in a fire drill on the first evening.


Two stone buildings have been converted to accommodate parties of up to 64. There are nine bedrooms in total - each with its own en-suite shower and w.c. Both buildings are carpeted throughout, centrally heated and double-glazed. Two rooms in the Stable on the ground floor are suitable for people with limited disabilities.

The dining room is at your disposal throughout your stay for indoor activities or study. There is a boot and clothes drying room, games room and facilities for wet weather.

More about High Ash Farm

The Centre

The centre is on a working hill farm, which is over 350 years old, roughly halfway between Leek and Buxton.

With 52 acres of traditionally managed farmland offering over 150 species of flora, uncommon birds, various insects and mammals and some interesting geographical features, there's something for everyone to study.

We are over half a mile from the main road, so your privacy, safety and seclusion will be unspoilt. Each party has sole occupancy of the centre and the daily routine can be tailored to our group's particular needs. Early booking is essential if you wish to use the centre at certain times of the year.


Full catering is provided to suit your party's requirements and packed lunches are prepared for days out. Special diets are catered for and there is a small souvenir and tuck shop open at the leader's discretion.

The Enviroment

High Ash Farm has been farmed using traditional methods for over 350 years. We have an unimproved hay meadow containing a wide variety of plant life, a wildlife pond, tree plantations and nature trails.

Your choice of itinerary

You can arrange your own itinerary depending upon your group's interests or select from one of the following:

Industrial Heritage Schemes

An educational package visiting nearby industrial sites or museums For example Gladstone Pottery, Bass Museum of Brewing, Quarry Bank Mill and various other steam railways, mills and mines.

Activity Breaks

Using local instructors, we can supply equipment and expert tuition for nearby activities which include caving, abseiling, walking, climbing, canoeing, hang gliding, cycling and horse riding etc.

Walking Trips

Follow some of the many beautiful and interesting routes from deserted footpaths, canal towpaths and packhorse roads to nature trails and riverside walks along the Derbyshire Dales

Corporate Training

Ask for details of our 'Business Class' packages.

Bed & Breakfast

During school holidays, the centre is an ideal location for touring the Moorlands and other local attractions (including the Roaches, Rudyard Lake, Dovedale, Alton Towers and the Potteries). Bed and breakfast accommodation is available - as you would expect, we have rooms to suit the largest of families!

Interest Breaks

A wide variety of bird watching weekends, Photographic weekends and Theme Park weekends are also available

A package combining any of the above can be arranged. We offer a free booking service and are able to arrange all transport, activities and visits, supply educational materials and organise all details of your visit on your behalf if you should so wish. All quotations are given without obligation.