The Potteries lie in a shallow depression on the
south west edge of the Pennines. On the northwest side of the county of
Staffordshire an elevated ridge continues past
Cloud Hill and over Congleton Edge and Mow Cop, and the elevation in many
places is over 1,000 feet above the sea.
Mow Cop is half in Staffordshire and half in Cheshire. At nearly 1091ft (almost
335 metres) above sea-level.
The highest point in the city is Goldenhill,
north of Tunstall, at 700ft above sea-level.
The Chells (Little & Great Chell) lie on the ridge east of Scotia Brook, at
mainly 600ft and Tunstall around 500ft.
The eastern part of the borough of Burslem lay
along a north-south ridge between 600 and 700 feet above sea-level. From this
ridge two spurs slope westwards to below 400ft, with Burslem on one spur and
Cobridge on the other. Middleport is about 420
ft above sea-level.
Hanley encompasses a large change in height from
400ft along the route of the Trent, on the north-east, to over 600ft on the
Birches Head side of the town. At
nearly 600 feet above the sea level, Hanley is accounted one of the highest
market towns in England. Etruria canal
junction is 408ft above sea level.
Stoke town, around the River Trent and Fowlea
Brook area is below 350ft but it rises steeply to over 525ft around Penkhull and
In the northern part of Fenton there is open
country which rises to over 600ft. In the south, below Grove Road the land rises
Newcastle-under-Lyme is situated on a ridge to
the north-west of the city of Stoke-on-Trent and stands at about 500ft. The
pithead wheel at Apedale Country Park near
Newcastle stands 750 feet above sea-level.