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The Big Three Clues to the Location of Kelvin Fletcher’s Peak District Farm

Former Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher spent many years playing a farmer on the soap opera.

Now he’s taken on the challenge in real life, having fled to the countryside with his family.

Kelvin and his wife, Liz, bought a 120-acre farm on the edge of the Peak District in the summer of 2020 and they now have 20 sheep, three pigs and three alpacas.

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The couple documented their antics on Kelvin’s Big Farming Adventure, as they learn the basics of farming.

The exact location of the farm is a bit of a mystery, as the national park actually encompasses five counties: Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.

However, avid hikers would have no trouble figuring out exactly where the Fletchers’ farm is.

And the latest episode of the hit new BBC show has revealed three big clues. So, have you found where it is yet?

The three big clues

The farm with the cockroaches and the cloud hen in the background

1: Aerial shots of the sprawling farm – including end credits – clearly show Staffordshie’s most famous Peak District landmark – the craggy rock of the Roaches – in the background.

In the third episode, the Fletchers took their two children Marnie and Milo on a camping trip to a field he owns a short distance from the farm.

For those with a keen eye, the mighty Hen Cloud just off the A53 between Leek and Buxton can be seen as they sit to watch the sunset from their ‘back garden’.

Could the Fletcher farm be in Staffordshire? May be.

Sutton Common BT Tower viewed from Kelvin Fletcher’s Farm

2: But another clue suggests that the farm is actually just across the border in Cheshire.

Episode three also includes panoramic photos of the Sutton Common BT Tower as seen from the farm.

The 72-meter radio tower – built of reinforced concrete – is a well-known landmark and can be seen for miles around.

So could the Fletcher farm be in Cheshire? It seems likely.

A photo of Shutlingsloe near Kelvin Fletcher’s Peak District Farm

3: The final clue to the farm’s location is another iconic hill, this time in Cheshire.

Again in Episode Three, the majestic Shutlingsloe, near Wildbourclough and just south of Macclesfield Forest can be spotted.

Otherwise known as the Cheshire Matterhorn, this impressive hill looks like a mini Swiss alp when viewed from the north.

But in a clip, Shutlingsloe has the classic tabletop look closer to Cape Town’s Table Mountain, which means the farm should be in the south.

So now we know the farm is somewhere near the Staffordshire-Cheshire border.

So where exactly is the Fletcher farm?

The farmhouse is set down a winding lane on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Wincle, 312 meters above sea level.

So there you have it, the farm has an enviable position just across the border from Staffordshire in Cheshire.

It sits a few miles from the otherworldly Church of Lud, a 59-foot-deep moss-covered sinkhole that was once a secret place of worship for people who would otherwise have been hunted down in the 15th century and a place popular with hikers today.

The River Dane flows just west and south of the farm, while Leek, Congleton and Buxton are all around nine miles away.

Meanwhile, the Fletchers can count the popular Blaze Farm – where lambing sessions take place and amazing ice cream is sold – as neighbors.

Cockroaches can be seen as Kelvin Fletcher pitches a tent

The farm had been marketed by estate agent Whittaker & Biggs before being sold to the Fletchers as they pursued their dream.

The description reads: “A small estate with two substantial houses, extensive equestrian facilities, farmland and outbuildings, set in approximately 115 acres in the Peak District National Park.

“Both properties consist of Butterlands Barn (the larger of the two), with three large reception rooms, garden room, huge kitchen/breakfast room, six bedrooms and four bath/shower rooms.

“As its name suggests, the barn has been transformed by the current owners with great flair and imagination, to present a very light and contemporary home, whilst retaining features such as exposed beams and roof trusses .

“Butterlands Farm House is a more traditional house, with three reception rooms, a kitchen/breakfast room, a garden room, three bedrooms and a family bathroom.

Kelvin Fletcher’s farm seen on Google Earth

“Behind these two properties is an extensive range of steel frame buildings, which are in good condition, supporting the equine and agricultural businesses.

“The properties and farm yard are surrounded by paddock land and farmland, with the smaller paddock near the properties being used for horses, while the larger and more extensive farmland is used for cattle. There are two areas of mature woods.

“This area is an ideal al fresco dining area, with lovely views across the lake. Well manicured lawns stretch to the front and sides, with breathtaking views of the Peak District forming a stunning backdrop.”

At this time, viewers are unlikely to be able to visit the farm as it is not fully operational.

The farm can continue to be private land, as it also serves as the star’s home.

With that in mind, it looks like fans won’t be able to visit the location for a while.

Who is Kelvin Fletcher?

Kelvin, his wife Liz and their two children on the farm

Born and raised in Oldham, Kelvin will be a familiar face to many – a former soap opera star, and now with his own farming show, he’s no stranger to the TV world.

The actor, 38, played Andy Sugden in ITV’s Emmerdale from 1996 until its release in 2016.

He also stars alongside Sheridan Smith in the Channel 5 drama The Teacher.

The role sees Kelvin playing a married computer science teacher named Jack, who begins a flirtation at work with a fellow educator.

He has, however, participated in other programs since leaving Emmerdale.

In 2019, he put his dancing skills to the test and won the Strictly Come Dancing trophy alongside his professional partner Oti Mabuse.

And most recently, Kelvin graced our screens with his latest BBC One adventure.

So he’s a talented actor, farmer and dancer – but Kelvin’s talents don’t stop there; he is also a model and racing driver.

Who is Kelvin Fletcher’s wife?

Kelvin Fletcher with his wife Liz

Kelvin is married to actress Liz Marsland, who portrayed Liz Steele in the 2014 BBC series In the Club.

Liz trained at the Manchester School of Acting and the London School of Musical Theatre.

She went on to star in theater productions including The Final Whistle and The Famous Five.

Besides acting, Liz also does voice work and has worked with brands such as Macmillan, Red Bull and Spotify.

The pair started dating after Liz finished college, but the pair have known each other since they were around eight years old.

They got engaged on a beach in Anglesey in 2014 after dating for eight years.

In a music-themed ceremony at One Mayfair in London, Liz and Kelvin tied the knot in 2015.

The couple recently announced that they are expecting twins.

Kelvin Fletcher’s Big Farm Adventure airs on BBC One at 8:30 p.m.