Travel Instructions

Travelling North on M1 use Junction 24. Stoke-on Trent (A50), Derby (A6), (A5111 signposted ring road and Ashbourne), (follow signs Ashbourne A38, A52)

Travelling South on M1 use Junction 28. Derby (A38), Ashbourne (A52)
For both the above routes from Ashbourne follow the signs for Leek (A52 then A522) after about 6 miles go through the village of Waterhouses, then 1 mile and through Winkhill, ½ mile further on you will pass the Country cottage Kitchen on the left, go a further ½ mile and turn left at the crossroads (Green Man holiday complex) to Ipstones (B5053), carry on along this road through the village of Ipstones and for a further 1 mile, Hermitage Farm is on the right just as you start dropping down the hill.

Travelling North or South on M6 use Junction 15 for the A500 (signposted Stoke-on-Trent), (We advise you do not use Junction 16 as this is usually a very busy route and can be quite slow.) take A50 (signposted Uttoxeter) go through Meir tunnel, take 1st exit for Cheadle (A521 signposted Blythe Bridge), at roundabout take 2nd exit, after about 3/4 mile go over level crossing in Blythe Bridge, then go left at the crossroads (directly after the pedestrian crossing, signposted Cheadle), after approx 3 miles you should be on Cheadle high street (with traffic calming ramps) at the roundabout at the end of the high street go left (A522), at the top of the short hill (300 metres) turn right on to Froghall Road (A521 and signposted Churnet Valley Railway), after about 1 ½ miles you will be in a village called Kingsley Holt, keep going through the village and drop down a steep hill to a T junction in Froghall, turn right (A52), go past the Railway Inn (on right), over the bridge and past telephone kiosk, notice a large sign on left for Bolton Copper and MSUK, turn immediately left towards Ipstones (B5053) and climb up hill, Hermitage Farm is about ½ mile on the left at the top.

Travelling from Alton Towers Theme Park

From Alton Towers main gates turn right following the M1 North route, after about 1 mile you come to a crossroads (The Star Inn) go straight, follow this very narrow and twisting country lane for approx 2 miles to the end and to another crossroads on the main road (A52) go left, after 1 mile enter Whiston village (the Dog Academy & on right) carry on a further 1 mile down a VERY steep winding hill, at the very bottom of the hill enter Froghall village and turn right (before the Bolton Copper factory MSUK) towards Ipstones (B5053) climb up the hill, Hermitage Farm is about ½ mile on the left at the top.

Travelling by train

The nearest mainline railway station is at Stoke-on-Trent (14 miles). However, there is also a railway station at Blythe Bridge (6 miles).