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Known best for being home to the iconic 'Roaches'

St Edwards church was built at the highest point in Leek

Leek is a market town at the southern edge of the Peak District National Park. It is close to some fabulously iconic gritstone rock formations and the Staffordshire Way.

A lot of people come to Leek because it’s close to some great rock climbing spots including The Roaches which dominates the sky above Tittesworth Reservoir. There are a number of rock climbing schools in the Peak District so from novices to seasoned pros, Leek is a good town to base yourself in. The Roaches has a curious link to Australia, because for over 50 years it had its own colony of wallabies. Today there are none left because they bred themselves out of existence. Visitors still keep an eye out for them, even though the last ‘official’ sighting was in 2009. The Roaches is a curious range of rocks and hills that has a number of trails for walkers to explore. On a clear day you can see as far as Mount Snowdon!

The view from the Roaches near Leek

Walkers can pick up the Staffordshire Way with ease from Leek. The trail is an 86 mile long trek that meanders around the county. It starts in the north of Staffordshire at Mop Gate Castle and ends in the south at Kinver Edge. The path passes very close to Leek so if you fancy a walk across the gritstone edges, this is the best way. Dress well!

Leek itself has a few regular charter markets including the Totally Locally Leek Market selling a mixture of a food and crafts, each Sunday. It also has an enviable mixture of independent and chain stores in the town centre, so it’s a good place to stock up on provisions.

"See as far as Mount Snowdon from the top of the iconic Roaches"

Leek has an established history in the industrial revolution and there are still old Victorian mills around the town, now re-purposed as apartments, storage units and shops. Brindley’s Mill is well worth a visit if you like to step back into the past. It’s a fine example of a working corn mill. It’s the only known corn mill restored in tribute to the works of 1700s engineer and millwright James Brindley. If the arts, theatre and film is more your ‘thing’, there’s either the Nicholson Museum and Gallery or theFoxlowe Arts Centre to visit. They always offer something different to entertain you. A reasonable drive outside Leek is one of the UK’s most popular adventure parks – Alton Towers, which is just packed with world class rollercoasters and rides to wow people of all ages!

Looking for a decent place to eat? Well, Leek has a good choice of chain restaurants and a fair share of independents covering all major tastes from Indian, Chinese, Italian, Thai and, Fish and Chips. Leek Bar & Grill is a popular eatery with a wide selection of meat and vegetarian dishes to choose from Also try, So Thai if you want to try something a little ‘off-reservation’. The tasty menu looks great and the meals promise to be authentic Thai specials with recipes from Bangkok to the Malaysian borderlands.

While you’re there

Totally Locally Leek Market

Most Sundays there is a local market in the centre of Leek to buy exclusively local produce.

The Roaches

Go wallaby spotting, walking or rock climbing at The Roaches, a true Peak District National Park beauty spot.

Alton Towers

Visit the UK’s most famous theme park and see how many rollercoasters you can ride on in one day!

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