Keele – Woodland Walks an unexpected find at university
Sometimes you don’t need to go to Peru, the West Indies or Australia to find a little travelling gem.
And often unexpected spots can bring scenes of great beauty or interest.
One such place is Keele University, complete with its picturesque woodland walks and grandiose hall.
The university is situated on a 650 acre estate of woods, lakes and parkland.
Much of this greenery came from the work of the second Ralph Sneyd, who planted 100,000 trees at the site after he inherited it in 1829.
Sneyd’s family owned the estate from the mid-16th century, and is also responsible for the current hall. This building was built after the first hall was demolished in 1858, and bears the Sneyd family name on its walls.
Ponds full of lilies, hidden caves, woodland paths and stunning architecture – you wouldn’t expect to find all this just down the road from Stoke…