Boasting one of the England’s oldest pubs, the thatched Holly Bush Inn, this sleepy old Saxon village stands on the banks of the River Trent and was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. The building apparently dates to the 12th century but was only the second pub to be officially licensed in the mid 17th century. Nearby Hopton Heath witnessed one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. It was eventually won by the king’s men. A hill in neighbouring Milwich is named after Oliver Cromwell whose men camped there before the battle.
Trent and Mersey Canal near Salt - Photo: