Flash, Staffordshire. The highest village in the Peak District

Flash, Staffordshire is reputedly the highest village in England. It was once a hideout for footpads, highwaymen and counterfeiters. Prize fights took place at Three Shire Heads

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Flash has the distinction of being the highest village in England, at 1514 feet above sea level and in winter it is frequently snow-bound.

The main part of the village clings to the hillside just below its brow, clustered around the church but there are many far-flung farms hereabouts, that focus predominantly on sheep farming on the sparsely populated local moorlands.

Flash Bar View
Flash Bar View
In olden times Flash was known as the resort of 'badgers' or hawkers who squatted on the open land here and travelled from fair to fair selling their wares. They were rough characters, like the landscape, and Flash had a reputation as a wild place where counterfeit money was made and outlawed practises were continued. Prize fighting was one such, which was still held at Flash for some years after it had been made illegal. The village's proximity to three county boundaries helped - when the police came, the ring was simply moved to another county!

Three Shire Heads
Three Shire Heads
The River Dane rises to the north west of Flash and there is some lovely scenery in the youthful Upper Dane valley. One particularly popular spot is Three Shire Heads, where the counties of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire meet and there is a fine old packhorse bridge across the river at the point known as Panniers Pool. The area around is also notable for the weirdly shaped outcrops of gritstone which occur - Ball Stones, Gib Torr and Ball Stone Rock, for example.

Flash itself has a pub, the New Inn, but no other amenities. Pony trekking is available from Northfield Farm. Just outside the village at Flash Bar on the A53, there is Flash Bar stores - possibly the highest shop in England - and another pub, the Traveller's Rest.
 
Flash Photo Gallery - click on the images to enlarge- Click Here for a slide show
Flash view
0 - Flash view
Quarnford, near Flash
1 - Quarnford, near Flash
Flash - upper Dane valley
2 - Flash - upper Dane valley
Flash - 3 Shire Heads
3 - Flash - 3 Shire Heads
Axe Edge view down the Upper Dove valley
4 - Axe Edge view down the Upper Dove valley
Local places of interest

Lud's Church

Lud's Church is natural rock cleft near Gradbach, Staffordshire. It was once a worshipping place for Lollards and inspired the poem 'Gawain and the Green Knight'

The Roaches

The Roaches, Hen Cloud and Ramshaw Rocks, are Staffordshire gritstone crags not far from the town of Leek.

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