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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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    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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    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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    Steam Train Dining Experiences at Churnet Valley…

    Here at the Churnet Valley Railway we offer a wide choice of dining experiences for two onboard our luxury steam hauled dining trains.

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    Cloudside Shooting

    The finest clay shooting in the North West of England'.

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    Brough Park Leisure Centre

    A multi-purpose fitness facilitiy with an 80+ station gym and 25m swimming pool.

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    Crewe & Harpur

    The Crewe and Harpur Arms, former village coaching inn for the peaceful village of Longnor has been transformed into an exclusive self catering…

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    Quarry House

    A detached 2 bedroom self catering cottage with pretty garden and lawns. Dog friendly.

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    The Hayloft at Breech House, Waterfall

    Beautiful farmhouse in the picturesque village of Waterfall, ideally situated for walking, cycling and exploring the southern White Peak area and The…

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    The Roaches

    Impressive gritstone edges and craggy rocks loved by walkers and climbers. It groups together two main gritstone outcrops

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    Alton Towers Resort

    With over 50 rides and attractions, the Alton Towers Resort is Britain's Greatest Escape!

    Our Great Itineraries

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    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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    The Polar Express at Churnet Valley Railway

    Experience THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride this Christmas at the Churnet Valley Railway

    Villages nearby

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    Beauty spots nearby

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    Business Directory The Roaches

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    Business Directory Lud's Church

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