For a while now Ive been hearing good feedback about a pub, The Royal Oak, in a small village called Wetton on the Derbys/Staffordshire border. What the heck, we booked a couple of nights there with Ste and Tina in Diego. It had the makings of a brilliant weekend!The Royal Oak itself has a croft to the rear of the pub, which was ideal, especially as we had a spot which caught the sun most of the day. The owners, Ian & Louise made us all very welcome, they had a good selection of beers and wines, which always helps and, should the Chef not quit, they serve a nice selection of meals!
The village was quite small with some very quant houses and plenty of countryside with Thors Cave around a mile or so away.
Around the village, we noticed signs for Wetton Mill, so someone, no names mentioned, had the bright idea of suggesting a walk to the Mill and back. We walked though some really nice countryside and met cows..lots of cows.
So, the bright idea turned out to be a long downhill walk, we never did find Wetton Mill and, to add to it, it was uphill all of the way back. I will not admit to it being a doddle, it was ruddy hard walking but we did it, I was glad we did, the scenery was beautiful.
Thor’s Cave is known to date back to the Iron Age with excavations finding evidence of human habitation. It is set on a hillside some 260 ft above what used to be The Leek & Manifold Railway, which itself is very picturesque to walk.
Here is Thor himself guarding both the cave and Ste, although I am not convinced he was impressed with “his” cave.
All in all, we had a brilliant weekend, brilliant company and we would definitely return to The Royal Oak.