An historic market town with a reputation for unusual shops, antiques, good food and award winning teashops. With connections to William Morris, James Brindley, Thomas Wardle and Bonnie Prince Charlie.
The Biddulph Valley Way lies just west of the town of Biddulph, situated in the north west area of the Staffordshire Moorlands. Following the former railway along the Biddulph Valley, The Way is a 4.5 mile flat surfaced path.
The UK's largest collection of rare birds set in 32 acres of beautiful parkland and water features Penguin Enclosure with underwater viewing cave with raised walkways. Tropical House, Flamingo Enclosure and Lemur Ledge.
Brough Park, Ball Haye Road, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 6HQ, (2 miles, 3kms), Tel: 01538 395578, Email, www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/sm/park/brough-park-fields-local-nature-reserve-leek
Brough Park Fields Local Nature Reserve is a site of open meadow and woodland adjacent to the centre of Leek affording spectacular views north towards the Roaches and Hen Cloud. A superb spot for the artist, photographer or ecologist.
Cheddleton, Nr Leek, Staffordshire, (4 miles, 6kms), Tel: 01782 503229
Much of Cheddleton straddles the A520 immediately to the south of the river Churnet and the Caldon Canal, but the true heart of this quaint old village lies away from the main road, around the 12th century parish church of St Edward.
The Churnet Valley Railway takes you on a journey back to the classic days of railway travel on a rural line that passes through beautiful countryside known as Staffordshire's """"Little Switzerland"""".
Rail Route: Cheddleton, Consall, Froghall, Consall, Cheddleton
Nr Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands, ST9 9EX, (4 miles, 6kms), Tel: 01782 503918, Email
Endon is a pleasant village four miles South West of Leek which hosts an annual Well Dressing ceremony every May. Canalside pubs can be found along the Caldon Canal which runs through the 'old village'.
Froghall, Nr Cheadle, Staffordshire, (5 miles, 8kms), Tel: 01538 754780, www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk
Froghall's landscape was dominated by the Thomas Bolton Brass and Copper works, but is best known for its beautiful wharf, boat trips and Froghall Station to the Churnet Valley Railway.
Quarnford, Nr Buxton, Staffordshire Moorlands, SK17, (4 miles, 6kms), Tel: 01298 25732
A village worth taking the time to explore. Look out for the the old silk mill (now YHA), the packhorse route and Lud's Church; an immense natural cleft in the rock on the hillside above Gradbach in a forest area known as the Back Forest.
Nr Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 7TP, (5 miles, 8kms), Tel: 01538 304313
Grindon is a delightful moorland hill village strategically situated above the most interesting and exciting section of the Manifold Valley. There is a car park and picnic spot beside the church.
The site comprises of an easy level and broad path surrounding a man-made body of water dating back to 1846. The designed landscape of the site suggests a connection with Hales Hall built in 1722.
Longnor, Nr Buxton, Staffordshire Moorlands, (4 miles, 6kms), Tel: 01298 83515
Hollinsclough is a small farming hamlet which lies on the upper reaches of the River Dove. The situation of the village is a spectacular one, overshadowed as it is by the cocks-comb ridge of Chrome Hill.
Staffordshire Moorlands, (4 miles, 6kms), Tel: 01538 266228, www.nestaffsregen-ipstones.org.uk
Ipstones is a pretty village nestled in the Staffordshire Peak District. An attractive, friendly village with nearby nature reserve and good walks, it is close to the picturesque Churnet Valley and world renowned 'Alton Towers'.
Longsdon Memorial Hall, Leek Road, Longsdon, Staffordshire Moorlands, ST99QA, (3 miles, 5kms), Tel: 01782 502940
Longsdon is the centre of an extensive and wooded parish that extends to the Churnet and includes the high land of Ladderedge as well as the hamlet of Horse Bridge.
Onecote, Nr Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands, (4 miles, 6kms), Tel: 01538 300450
Onecote is a small village that lies within The Peak District National Park. It is close to the Manifold Valley, Hartington and Leek.
Take a magical 3 mile return trip alongside beautiful historic Rudyard Lake. Our Victorian style narrow gauge steam trains are the best way to see and access the Lake's attractions.
SMDC Visitor Services, Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, Leek, ST13 6HQ, (2 miles, 3kms), Tel: 01538 382588
Stockton Brook lies in a valley about 9 miles northeast of Newcastle. The central point of the village is the meeting of roads from Endon, Stanley, Baddeley Green and Brown Edge. The Caldon canal passes a few yards to the west.
Impressive gritstone edges and craggy rocks loved by walkers and climbers. It groups together two main gritstone outcrops, 'Ramshaw Rocks' famous for the 'Winking Man' rock formation and 'Hen Cloud' offering stunning panoramic views.
Nr Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 7LP, (2 miles, 4kms), Tel: 01538 300250
Upper Hulme is a tiny hamlet clustered around a now redundant mill on the upper reaches of the River Churnet and is the principal access to the fabulous Roaches and Hen Cloud and is a great place to base yourself for walking in this area.