Leek is situated on the western fringe of the Peak District and lies within the Staffordshire Moorlands area. It stands at the head of the Churnet River and is flanked to the north and east by wonderful hilltops with strange shaped rock formations such as The Roaches, Hen Cloud or Ramshaw Rocks and the Winking Man, which lie at the southern end of the Pennine chain of hills.
Leek is lovingly referred to by its residents as the ‘Queen of the Moorlands’ and contains a wealth of history and many old buildings. In the past the town was famous for its silk mills and weaving industry.
From Leek there is a network of roads and local bus services that can transport you into neighbouring Derbyshire and Cheshire, with access to the Peak District National Park.
Leek has an excellent shopping centre, and there are various recreational facilities and leisure activities to be found including tennis and squash courts, two golf courses, bowling greens, a running track, cricket and football pitches. Leek also has a large indoor swimming pool.
For a touch of culture and heritage in Leek there is the Nicholson Institute which houses the local museum and art gallery as well as a well-stocked county library.
A short drive north from Leek will bring you to Tittesworth Reservoir which contains a Visitor Centre and Nature Trails, whilst a few miles drive south of Leek and you will find steam trains at the Churnet Valley Railway Centre, also the Caldon Canal where part of the Staffordshire Moorland Walk follows a stretch of the towpath. Alternatively, it is not many miles from Leek to Alton Towers– the fun, frolics and fast-ride capital of the Midlands!
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