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    Welcome to Leek

    Known as the 'Queen of the Staffordshire Moorlands', Leek is a former textile town with a long and fascinating history.

    Things to do in Leek in the Peak District & Derbyshire

    Clustered around a stone-cobbled market square, Leek's well-preserved architecture and historical links with the Napoleonic Wars and the Arts and Crafts movement make it a popular destination for an interesting town walk.

    Highlights include buildings associated with writer, artist and designer William Morris, who came to Leek to study dyeing and printing techniques in the 1870s, plus stained glass designed by Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones in the Parish Church of St Edward the Confessor.

    Close by is the area known as 'Petty France', where former French prisoners of war brought to the town in the early 19th century lived and were later buried in the parish graveyard.

    The unspoilt town centre offers a refreshing alternative to from modern shopping malls and has a wealth of independent shops, including former silk mills housing antique and reproduction pine centres, as well as traditional and contemporary furnishings.

    Delicious local produce can be found in abundance at traditional butchers, bakers, greengrocers, delicatessens and cafes. Leek is also home to speciality producers of condiments, confectionery, preserves, wine, whisky, craft beers and the traditional Staffordshire oatcake.

    Traditional markets abound, both indoors in the beautifully restored Victorian Butter Market and outdoors in the Market Place, offering everything from general goods, antiques and collectables to fine foods and special 'Totally Locally' Sunday markets. And when it comes to wining and dining, you can choose from a tempting selection of cafés, real ale pubs and restaurants.

    Further afield, you'll find the unique, tooth-like rock formations of The Roaches, Rudyard Lake with its picturesque setting and narrow gauge railway and Tittesworth Water, a popular and accessible attraction for visitors of all ages. Or catch up on industrial history at Brindley's Mill and Cheddleton Flint Mill.

    In The Area

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    Peak Wildlife Park

    Set on the edge of the Staffordshire Peak District; Peak Wildlife Park offers a truly unique and immersive animal experience.


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    Lane Head Barns

    There are two luxury cottages at Lane Head Barns. One is accessible and sleeps 10, the other is a romantic hideaway for two. Both have been converted…


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    Greens Farm

    Greens Farm is an affordable, comfortable cottage in peaceful surroundings. The cottage sleeps four and has an enclosed garden suitable for dogs.…


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    Pipistrelle Rides

    Gravel, road or mountain biking with expert guides/coaches Jen & Alex. Go further and experience even more with our high spec gravel e-bikes.


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    New Hanson Grange Holidays

    Our hill farm is beautifully situated above the River Dove near Milldale in the heart of the Peak District. Two traditional huts nestled on the edge…


    Parkhouse and Chrome Hill

    Parkhouse Hill and Chrome Hill are amongst some of the most distinct and recognisable hills in the Upper Dove Valley of the Peak District


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    True North Adventures @ Bike & Boot

    Ebike hire, guiding and coaching from Hope, Peak District


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    Churnet Valley Railway

    Climb onboard a stunning heritage carriage, based on traditional designs from the 1950s and 60s on the Churnet Valley Railway.


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    Staffordshire Moorlands Tourist Information Centre

    Welcome to Leek TIC, let our friendly, knowledgeable staff help you plan your visit to the Staffordshire Moorlands.


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    Alton, The Star Camping and Caravanning Club Site

    Close to the rolling hills of the Peak District National Park, our Club Site at Alton, The Star offers plenty of choice when it comes to heading…


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    The Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery

    The Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery is located in the Nicholson Institute, a spectacular grade II* Listed building. Built in 1884 as a library, museum…


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    Leek Camping and Caravanning Club Site

    In the Staffordshire Moorlands, our Club Site at Leek is perfect for walking or exploring the industrial heart of England, with the Peak District to…


    Our Great Itineraries

    Market Magic & Hidden Gems: 48 hours in Leek

    This itinerary is based in the historic market town of Leek, famed for its Arts & Crafts architecture and traditional outdoor & indoor market, the…


    Events in Leek

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    Leek Arts Festival 2024

    Leek Arts Festival occurs during the month of May every year


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    Simon Armitage at The Foxlowe Arts Centre.

    SIMON ARMITAGE Reading from 'Sir Gawain & The Green Knight' + book signing


    Trails nearby

    The Limestone Way

    The Limestone Way is a superb 46-mile waymarked route across the White Peak landscape of the Peak District National Park.


    Biddulph Valley Way

    A 4.5 mile flat surfaced path ideal for walkers, cyclists and horseriders.


    Roaches and reservoirs cycle route

    Uncover a landscape shaped by water, experience traditional villages and enjoy spectacular gritstone edges.


    Offers

    Special Offer

    Enjoy a 7 night stay at Greens Farm for £350

    Dog friendly cottage set in beautiful location with lots of walks available from the door such as Luds Church, Three Shires and the Roaches.


    Villages nearby

    Biddulph

    Cheadle

    Beauty spots nearby

    Business Directory The Roaches

    Business Directory Lud's Church

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